A comment recently appeared over on my ”Speaking of TED” post. I approved it, posted a reply, and didn’t think much of it. Then I noticed another had gotten caught in my spam filter. Today, a third comment showed up. All of the comments have been about Jill Bolte Taylor’s TED talk and her new book, ”My Stroke of Insight.” My mention of Ms. Taylor in the original post was very brief, so it struck me as a little odd that someone was making the effort to comment on my obscure little blog about something I’d barely mentioned.

So I did a little googling and discovered that the same comments are showing up on weblogs all over the place, often posted under different names. For some examples, check out these posts at BoingBoing, soulperblog, my heart’s in accra, peterme, Silverspring Studio, Dandelion Salad, Creativity and Action, Discovering Your Inner Samurai, Backstage Unscripted, MWGblog, and The Mike Matas Blog (there are many many more).

One common thread is that the first comment–the one I deleted as spam (it starts “I’ve been recommending a book by Jill Bolte Taylor called ‘My Stroke of Insight’ to everyone I know.”)–is often authored by “Ellen.” Hmm. Are all the comments by “Ellen?” Was she just so moved by Ms. Taylor’s book that she took it on herself to spread the word far and wide? Or is this some organized effort to push sales of the book? Or is it something else entirely? Some sort of vulnerability probe by a spambot? Who knows?

For now, I’ve closed the original post to further comments. You’re welcome to comment on this post, Ellen…