Behind the Scenes at 'OK So Far'

by Patty Blake on Tue, 2015-11-24 16:12

I’ve always enjoyed watching how things are done. From cooking to construction, I find the creative process fascinating. It’s fun to watch “behind the scenes” features about TV shows and movies, too.

Patty Blake

If you’re not a blogger, you may find this little glimpse into the inner workings of “Ok so far” interesting. Or maybe just mildly amusing. :-) If you are a blogger, then I would love to hear about your experiences.

Since starting my blog I have learned a lot. I don’t consider myself all that tech-savvy, but I like to think myself reasonably competent at computer usage. Blogging here at WordPress makes it pretty easy, really. Their ready-made themes and templates enable non-programmers like me to create a decent looking site.

One of the features I appreciate most has to do with managing comments. I have it set so that all comments require moderation before they appear under the post. If the comment is from a sender I have previously approved, an address that WordPress recognizes, no moderation is needed. Their comments show up right away.

On rare occasions, I receive a notification to moderate a “spam” comment that slips past their filters. Most spam gets caught and is dumped into a separate folder that I review and purge now and then. I don’t know how this works, but I’m sure glad it does!

(“Spam,” for those of you that may not know, is basically junk mail containing links. They are mass-generated and are generally selling something, though they could be more malicious. Think “robo-calls.”)

Before emptying the spam folder I usually scroll through to make sure a legitimate comment didn’t get routed there by mistake. It’s only happened once or twice. I have to admit that I do this mainly for the entertainment value. These messages usually appear to originate from non-English speaking parts of the world. Someone has apparently tried to craft generic-sounding comments, figuring some may actually slip through. Then someone might click their link leading to a site selling knock-off name brand shoes, handbags, or whatever.

These “comments” are most often written using standard English grammar and spelling. Now and then, however, a real gem slips through that was written by someone whose grasp of the language is a bit… slippery.

The following examples are copied “as is” from recent samples. I have done nothing but copy and paste them here. Enjoy!

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Okay, it’s me again. Your “fastidious” blogger. ;-)

There’s another type of spam that appears to target me due the appearance of the term “ALS” in my posts. While perhaps not malicious, this type of message preys on the gullible and the desperate. Here is a recent example.

I am from Philadelphia, I was diagnosed of ALS disease (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2013 and though I know there is no cure I have tried all I can to get cured but all to no avail as expected , my life was gradually coming to an end, until i saw a post in a health forum about a herbal doctor from Estonia but lives in Africa who prepares herbal medicines to cure all kind of diseases including ALS, MND, Epilepsy, Leukemia, Asthma, Cancer, Ghonorhea and so on, at first i doubted if it was real but decided to give it a try, when i contacted this herbal doctor via his email and he asked some questions,then he prepared an ALS herbal portion and sent it to me via courier service, when i received this herbal portion, he gave me step by step instructions on how to apply it, when i applied it as instructed, i was cured of this deadly disease within 10 days, I could not walk or talk understandably before but after i took the herbal cure as he instructed i regained strength in my bones and i could talk properly unlike before, I am now free from the deadly disease, all thanks to Dr Oneida.please for those suffering from ALS please and please Contact this Great and humble herbal doctor via his email to prepare a portion for you too. Goodluck

Now, people, really? If you have more money than you know what to do with, knock yourself out. And, fellow PALS, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather my muscles got stronger. My bones are strong enough. ;-)

(Now, before I offend anyone… For the record, I fully support natural herbal remedies when used carefully and appropriately. If there’s an herbalist out there who has found something that regenerates motor neurons would you be so kind as to share this with the medical research community?)

Several months ago, I got one of these “miracle cure” spam comments with a testimonial that declared they were now “ALS negative.” Someone must have told them there was no such term because I haven’t seen that one again.

Ah, the interwebz…

The cyber age has made the jobs of scam artists a whole lot easier. It seems some people think things they see on their computer screen must be legitimate. All internet sources should be regarded with a healthy dose of skepticism until carefully vetted. When in doubt, try This helpful site separates fact from fiction.

One final comment about comments…
On very rare occasions, I have barred an actual (not spam) comment from appearing under a post. It is my right to do this. My blog = my rules. I only do this when it’s clear someone is either rude, disrespectful, selling something, or trolling. “Trolls” just want to pick a fight. This is my little bit of cyberspace! Get your own blog!

Having said that, let me clarify. I welcome expression of contrasting views. If this is done courteously and good-naturedly, I’m happy to include these remarks, even if I disagree.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the scenes. And Happy November!

Love, Patty

This blog was posted originally on Nov. 3, 2015.

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About the Author

Hi. I’m Patty, and I’m a wife and mom to two grown daughters, and I'm in my 50s, dealing with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, or motor neuron disease). This blog is my journey through uncharted waters. People ask me constantly how I’m doing. The short answer is “OK.” I add “so far” in my head most times. So that’s what I’m calling this little corner of the interwebz, OK, So Far. So if you’re up for it, come along on this roller coaster ride known as my life. I can’t promise much in the way of entertainment, but I’ll try not to be too boring! Thanks for stopping by.

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