Who is this “Nancy C” and why are they spamming me?
I don’t know.
It started a few weeks ago, but until now I have been too busy to look into it.
The spam is in the form of “sponsored posts” that appear just under my first “stickied” post. Most of them are posted by “Nancy C”, but there are two others, one by someone who likes weird flavors of granola and another by some Australian gardener who has a very lengthy and anal planting list this year, and for some reason makes me happy.
This Nancy C. does *not* make me happy. I have not yet discovered who or what is posting these, but they consist of veiled advertisements or infomercials posing as recipes for junk food, or book reviews for questionable theologians. They do disclose that the reviewer is getting free merchandise or whatever in exchange for the post, so the commercial aspect, and the SEO reasons for the post, are out in the open.
But why me? I have peeked at a couple of my old WordPress subdomain blogs, and none of them have it. So what is going on here?
The worst thing is that they appear in the blog’s “prime real estate”, the area where my actual new blog posts usually appear. Not that the posts are anything earth-shattering, they are mostly lists of free music sources and other things I want google to put together so I can discover more of them, but they do have “google juice”, based on the reputation I have built over the years.
So not only is “Nancy C” trading in on the reputation I have built to sell her marshmallow vendors, or whoever she is shilling for at any given moment, and make it look like I am linking to her own sponsored products, she is actually removing the usefulness of the blog for me, since google is now indexing her “new posts” as mine. Yes, I googled a few of the titles, and google has indexed them to other sites.
For the moment at least it seems I am not able to stop them, but at least I will put up a disclaimer. Because her last “new post” goes too far.
This is from a post titled “Never-fail sweet potato pie”. If you didn’t read it when she spammed me with it, and you want to read it now, here it is on the Wayback Machine. https://web.archive.org/web/20201120015114/https://nancy-c.com/2020/11/19/never-fail-sweet-potato-pie/
And it looks like I’m not the only person with some concerns, because it’s been archived three times in the last 24 hours.
For my international readers, a short explanation.
America is in the middle of a pandemic. It is called COVID-19, or just coronavirus.
Our second-largest national holiday, Thanksgiving, is just coming up in November.
Now there are two ways to go with Thanksgiving this year. One is the way of Donald Trump, who just retweeted someone mocking any health and safety precautions.
The other is with the CDC (Center for Disease Control), which is begging people to stay home this Thanksgiving.
“Nancy C”, the promoted post spammer, is firmly with Trump. She is assuming you’ll need “lots of pies for the holidays!” Not just pies, but the kind of sweet potato pies they have in the South, the region that also promoted slavery before it was ended by our Civil War, the region that promoted the KKK after the Civil War, and the region that still promotes Donald Trump.
Please stay home. There will be other Thanksgivings, other years, this is not the year for it. We have seen enough of those superspreader events on the White House lawn. Now Trump’s other son has it, and two of his lawyers are in isolation. And you know we don’t have access to the kind of health care they have.
Keep your family safe. Stay home. If you do, you may just increase the chances they will still be alive next year.
Genderdesk cannot prevent people from posting this stuff to genderdesk blog, any more than Twitter can stop Trump from tweeting misinformation. But we can publish a denial, and we will.
We do NOT endorse the “Nancy C” superspreader Thanksgiving.