So I removed the word verification from my blog a while ago.
I find them incredibly irritating and most of the time I struggle to read them, especially the numbers. Some of those numbers surely can't be read by anyone, not even youthful, springy eyeballs with no age deterioration. Surely not.
I thought that if I find them irritating then so must other people and so I switched it off.
I was warned that the consequences would be spam.
For a while it was tolerable. This week it has gone insane.
No I don't want your thrush cream.
No I don't want to smoke your cigarettes - does anyone even smoke cigarettes anymore?
No I'm not clicking on your link for some chinese eczema miracle cream, or fibroids or diabetes.
Where do these people come from? Are they even people? How do they benefit from leaving these comments? I'm genuinely interested, it seems so...pointless.
Thankfully most get scooped up by blogger and bunged in the spam folder but I'm starting to think about switching the dreaded word verification on again.