Debra Salonen


Lately, this blog has come under serious attack by spammers. Three or four times a day, I get email notifications that someone has left a message on one of my older blogs. These messages are always awkwardly worded, convoluted sentences–it’s obvious that for most of them English is not their first language. I worry that these posts carry some sort of foreign virus. Does that make me paranoid as well as grouchy?

Some of them tell me how wonderful my blog is but wouldn’t I like to make it better with their service or search engine or whatever? My answer to these cretins is: NO, I WOULDN’T. GO AWAY.

And, I just cleaned out my list of registered users because 80% had names like these:




(These are the three most recent names that signed up for my blog and while I don’t like the idea of giving these people acknowledgement or promotion, I honestly couldn’t make up names like that if I tried.)

WHAT IS THE POINT OF THESE PEOPLE? What do they get out of signing up for my blogs? Other than taking time out of my day to remove their stupid posts from my blogs, what could they possible get from posting these inane replies anyway?

Anyway, I’m sorry for the public grousing, but I want the world to know: I HATE SPAMMERS.

To keep from making this blog a total downer, I thought I’d share some happy news, too. My son Jon-Paul graduated from his 200-hours of yoga training Sunday. He’s been practicing yoga and leading classes for years, but the Balanced Rock program helped him achieve the certification that means he can now teach anywhere. From the Balanced Rock website: “…200-hour Yoga-Alliance Certified training incorporates nature and ecology into yoga.” I’m so proud of him.

Jon-Paul Salonen

Have a great week, everyone. Don’t let the spammers get to you. Oh, wait, that’s what I’ve been telling myself. LOL


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8 Responses to “Spammers”

  1. EllenToo Says:

    My sympathies to you for all the spammers you are getting on your site. I have been getting 10 to 20 everyday in my email box and I just delete them enmass. Not quite the same as the spammers you are getting but VERY FRUSTRATING…
    Congratulations to Jon-Paul on getting his certification.

  2. Debra Says:

    Thanks, Ellen. 10-20…my dream numbers. LOL. Add a couple of zeroes to get what goes into my junk mailbox every day. It’s scary. Luckily, most are stopped before they get to my inbox. Whew! It’s the people who infiltrate and contaminate my blog that worry me. I don’t want anyone else to click on one of their links (in case I miss one of their bogus posts and don’t get it off the page fast enough) and wind up with a virus.

    Here’s the link to a great blog about protecting yourself on the net.

    I’ll pass along your congrats to JP. He’s very happy with this accomplishment and it shows in his teaching. We had a great yoga session this morning. I’m so lucky.


  3. Jackie Maxwell Says:

    Sorry to hear about the spammers. One of them left a message on my guest page, talking about meeting me somewhere. Very strange. You are, indeed, a very lucky woman!! So, so proud of Jon Paul and very happy for him. I just found the pages I printed from a previous blog for beginner steps – am going to start very soon. Maybe he’ll be more interested in my suggestion to you now that he’s certified:) Have a great rest of the week!

  4. Rula Sinara Says:

    Congrats to your son! Sorry about the spammers though. I had one comment once that was clearly spam and I deleted it. Haven’t had any since, but I’ve noticed a lot of my fellow bloggers are resorting to word verification. I’m not sure if that really helps spam or not…I do know that I have the darndest time reading the letters…and I’m not a robot lol.

  5. Debra Says:

    Hi, Rula (waving madly),

    You blog on Blogger, right? Superauthors uses that, too. I set one up for myself, but haven’t used it because there simply isn’t enough to do it all. I’ve got a call into my web-guru. Maybe it’s time for a change or maybe she can up the security on this blog.

    I know what you mean about the word verification step. Many times I have to ask for a second try because I can’t see the letters clearly. Isn’t it a shame that you can’t have something fun without someone coming along to ruin it?

    Hope all is well in your world!!!


  6. Debra Says:

    Jackie, that would freak me out (if someone asked to meet me). Although I have had readers–real people, not these bogus types–come to book signings and ask to meet with me later. Usually to ask about how to get their books published. LOL. All have been super nice, though. I do love meeting readers.

    Which suggestion to JP? I’m getting old and forgetful. LOL.


  7. Jackie Maxwell Says:

    He was saying he’d already met me – it’s a very strange message!! It’s the only one I’ve received on my site, though. I get an unbelievable amount of spam on my e-mail account – enough that I’m considering changing either the name or the service. JP suggestion – a video for his yoga. Have a great day!!! J

  8. Debra Says:

    Ahh, that idea. I agree and want him to put it on his website. His practice feels so substantial and beneficial. It’s my zen moment twice a week. Love it.

    That would creep me out, too, Jackie. The Internet can be a very invasive place for the most part. It’s hard to keep you public persona/business out there and retain some privacy.

    Love your new tulip shots.