I hate to say it but it is a little aggrevating. I know I am missing out on some other "real" bloggers posts because now I tend to avoid any bloggers who name is random letters.
I have started doing this because I figure they are either a post trying to sell me something or if I open the post it is going to be a huge run on sentence that makes no sense and has a ton of randomly placed puncuation.
It's spam -- we try our best to get it removed as soon as possible, but a lot of it comes in the wee hours of the morning when I am asleep.
The problem is that they are real people creating them (there would be a lot more if we let all the computer generated ones through) it's a constant battle. We're working on some new ways to try and eliminate it.
Well, they've firmly convinced me that I will NEVER buy bose headphones, pandora jewelery or louis vuitton purses on principle. So they've done just the opposite of what they were hoping for by posting it here.
As a student, I have been seeing a lot of these kinds of posts on a medical student board, as well... which is almost as strange. In general, med students have very little money, and what we do have is going to rent, groceries, health insurance, tuition and books! A poorly-crafted blog post won't lead most people (frugal savers, medical students, or visitors) to buy their crap anyway, so what is the point?
Appreciate your work Jeffrey! Any thoughts on constructing a "dislike" widget that we can use to mark and scrub out blogs that we think are hinky? And would it be something that you can monitor on the left hand side of our blogs? None of us feud and I don't think any of us would exclude a genuine blog, someone is always reading or posting, and it would give us a feeling that we are doing something.