I have yet to pay Akismet to remove the daily spammers. I’m sure I will at some point. But I think–for the time being, at least–deleting spam myself (which seems to be mostly any URL that has “br” appended to it), has been educational, even if disturbing. It’s disturbing, because if you do it yourself, you are forced to confront and become conscious of just how many unthinking, and uncaring people there are in the world — lots, apparently. So many that we need to pay companies to pick them off, like ticks.