In November, I was the unwelcome recipient of 1500 spam comments. I had emptied my trash at the beginning of the month, and as you can see in the picture below, that is what has accumulated over the bleeding month. I realize the picture is a little small, but that is a 1.5K that the star is around.
99.9% of it is that bloody spanish spam bot asking to login. Whoever created that is going to burn in hell! but don’t worry, they’ll be right next to the person who created automated robocalls at 9pm. Grrrrrrr.
Thanks. Just needed to vent for a second there. * deep breath * I am relaxed and in control. Psychic Grandma is not haunting me. I will win the lottery next week. Ommmmmmmmmmmmm
Of course, relaxed or not, if I ever meet the person who created that bot, their face is going to meet my T200 Iron quicker than you can spit.
This sounds like a job for …. Tabasco Man! With his ultra-secure condiment belt, hotsauce is within reach at a moment’s notice. Cayenne pepper is going straight into the eyes of that bot’s creator! Stick a couple of spatulas up their nose and then pull their tongue out with the salad tongues. No longer do us solid, dependable citizens of the blogosphere need fear the Spanish Spam Bot! Hurray for Tabasco Man, My Hero!
Just to clear, I am NOT Tabasco Man. He might just be the most dashing, the most intelligent, the most handsome and buffest hero the world has ever known, but that in no ways means he is me. It is simply a coincidence that all those descriptions fit both of us. On Psychic Grandma’s honor….
Starting sometime this week, possible last weekend, WordPress.com began forcing me to double dip. Double Dip on “likes” that is. Every time that I have “liked” a comment, whether on my own posts or on someone else’s, after about 30-45seconds, it magically “unlikes” and I have to hit the “like” button again for it to stick. How unhygienic and disgusting is that?
I might as well be making out with Corona-chan! And here I thought WordPress had the best interest of their users at heart. I mean, if they forced the block editor on us because they knew better, I’m really surprised they aren’t embarrassed to be encouraging such behavior during this time of pandemic’ness. Shame on you WordPress; I claim the Dishonor Meme against you!
I am doing my part though. Washing my hands between double dipping AND I’m wearing a mask. So don’t worry, those “likes” from me are completely hygienic and totally covid-free. No thanks to WordPress though. I’d go protest peacefully by burning down a few cities but honestly, I’ve got a Wild Mike’s pizza just waiting for me. Ohhh baaaaaby…….
Thankfully, the fever part isn’t real. But here’s what this week has been like. Monday my co-worker came down with a wicked bad head cold, bad enough that he called out of work on Tuesday. I came down with it Tuesday night. I wasn’t smart enough to call out of work for a day, so while I didn’t have it as bad, it is lingering longer. Made work miserable and I pretty much just came home and sacked out each evening.
Been having some issues with my car starting, had to jump it once the previous week, but it was doing ok. So Wednesday morning, it just won’t start. Mrs B gives me a jump and still nothing. Thankfully, she was able to give me a ride to work. But with being so run down, I can’t deal with it Wednesday night. Thursday we have it towed over to a place and Friday they replaced the battery and starter. It was a LOT more money than I was thinking it was going to be.
Then throw in some drizzly days next to a sunny day in the mid 70’s and well, you’re just asking for sickness.
So that’s about how I’ve felt all week. Then add in the fact that Mrs B is going to be switching to the night shift for the next 2 months (because the Corporate Barstards want less workers in the store during the day so more customers can go in and shop) and you’ve pretty much got a donkey excrement soup of the week as far as I’m concerned.
Next week HAS to be better. Thank God it’s Sabbath right now.
A couple of years ago (my, how time flies!), I wrote a rant about the Invisible Reader, those people who follow you but never interact with you in any way. That was coming from a Content Creator’s viewpoint. Today, I’d like to discuss things from a Content Consumers viewpoint.
Recently, Lashaan posted about Who Do You Follow? where he discusses what draws us to various blogs. Listing several broad categories, he goes into more detail about each and how they play a part in how he chooses who to follow. The Orangutan Librarian also wrote a recent post about How Her Reading Tastes Had Changed where she discusses the slow change she’s experienced as a reader in the genres she gravitates towards.
It got me thinking. First off, it got me thinking about how my reading habits have slowly changed and how that looks to someone who follows me. I also started thinking about how much another blogger needs to change for me to lose interest in following them any more. If I follow The Masters of Ironing, because I’m convinced Ironing is the Hot New Thing and I want in and then in 6 months they start posting about knitting and crochetting, should I still follow them? Or what if I start following a Book Blogger because I found an awesome review of a favorite book of mine on their blog, only to find out that they have never reviewed another book in that genre? In my own case on this blog, what if someone started following me because of all the Epic Fantasy I read and this newer trend of more manga, non-fiction, classics, etc isn’t what they want to read about?
At what point do I stop following someone whose content has changed? And not even necessarily the genres of books they read but the output? Say real life has intruded on them and they’ll be offline for the foreseeable future with no idea when they might come back. Do I just stick around hoping I won’t be left hanging in the wind? And if it is content, that doesn’t interest me, do I let things kind of fade away or just make a quick cut?
In many ways, this resembles the quandary people have with real life friends. Are you friends with someone because of shared background or experiences or do you both have a passing interest in the same subject? How well do you get along with each other? One problem is that blogging isn’t actually being friends. Just because I follow someone and interact with them doesn’t mean we’re friends. So the same rules don’t apply.
I certainly have zero problems with this subject. I’ve stopped following people because the comments section of their blog didn’t work and it was obvious they didn’t care. I’m definitely not wracked with indecision and guilt about this subject, hahahaaa.
Anyway, not a lot else from me. Just something I’ve been thinking about and wonder what any of you think about the subject.
Last Saturday I posted about my issues with my comments going into Spam. I was able to contact Akismet and one of their nice people fixed things up for me. However, my comments started going into spam again mid-week, so I contacted them again. This time, another Akismet employee contacted me and I’m going to publish the email I was sent. I went ballistic but I admit that I’m not exactly objective. Let me know what you think. Especially if you think I am wrong to be pissed off.
Thanks for getting back in touch. It looks like your commenting behavior keeps triggering our spam checks. I would recommend you slow down the rate at which you’re commenting. Comments are meant to be discussions about the topics in the post, not rapid instant-messaging style communication or trying to comment on as many posts as possible. If you comment on posts through the WordPress.com Reader, try visiting the site instead to leave a comment.
This behavior does mimic the behavior of an actual spambot, so I’d just slow down and be more thoughtful about your commenting going forward.
I hope that clarifies things! Let us know if you have any questions.
I LIVE to comment. And I’ve been commenting like this since 2016. So to be told it’s my fault? Doesn’t sit well.
Poor me. I am totally the victim here. And I plan to milk this for all it’s worth. I’m thinking a GoFundMe for emotional scarring and psychological damage. I’m pretty cut up and I’m wondering about stopping book reviewing and getting into the Ironing Scene. I hear it’s the hot new thing.
Over the last week, maybe 2, I have noticed a quite a few of my comments going into the spam folders of other bloggers that I comment on. I have also noticed an upswing in other blogger’s comments going into my own spam folder.
This is ALL akismet’s fault. And it highlights the reason why a machine can’t be trusted, nor should it be, to do a human’s job. It pisses me off because there have been several times that I’ve tried to contact a new blogger about something and I know they’ll never see my comment.
I’m just complaining because this month it seems like a lot of stupid little things are all coming together at once and causing nothing but constant low level stress. I just want to enjoy blogging again and things like this happening are making that really hard to do.
After all my complaining about the damnably evil block editor, I sat down and worked out how to make it work for me. I’m going to outline, in excruciating detail, just how I create my review posts with it. Doing this has made me realize that WordPress is no longer a blogging platform. * whole paragraphed removed due to self censure * I’m going to outline how I used to write a review and how I do it now.
BEFORE: 1) Write the entire post in Open Office using my Review Template. 2) Start a new post in WordPress w/ Review Title 3) Insert my cover picture 4) Copy/paste my entire review from Open Office 5) Left align the cover, thus bringing all the text into its correct place 6) Insert my avatar at the end of the post 7) add tags 8) add date and time for scheduled post 9) hit “schedule” and voila, done!
AFTER: 1) Write entire post in Open Office using my Review Template 2) Start a new post in WordPress w/ Review Title 3) Insert a “Classic Block” 4) Inside the classic block, insert my cover picture 5) Inside the classic block, copy/paste ONLY the info part of the review (legaleeze through the Word count) 6) Left align the cover, thus bringing the info into proper alignment 7) Insert Spacer Block (at 20pt, the minimum) 8) Copy/paste the rest of the review into wordpress 9) Insert Spacer Block between the last sentence of the Synopsis and My Thoughts 10A) Insert Image Block at end of review 10B) Insert Avatar in Image Block 11) Insert Spacer Block between star rating and avatar 12) Insert spacer block between avatar and any additional links 13) Click on “Document” over in the settings on the right hand side 14) Select Category 15) Add tags 16) Open a new tab in my browser 17) Select the Google Calendar shortcut 18) See what days of the month have no posts and select one 19) Type in the blog title into google calendar on that empty day 20) Close tab 21) Add date and time for scheduled post in WordPress 22) Voila, done!
Wow! I guess I was wrong and the gutless, spineless code engineers pimps at WordPress were right! What a time saving, incredibly efficient way to write! Those 14 extra steps make my review look SO MUCH BETTER (no, it takes me 14 profanity laced extra steps to make it look the same as before!!!!)
I have tried using only the classic block, but it doesn’t honor double returns (double space) between paragraphs so everything looked like total crap. So I’m forced to kluge together this abortion of a process to simply keep things looking how I’ve had them. How, in anyone’s brain who is sane, can this be considered a step forward, a net positive, something good?
23 steps. To write a FORSAKEN review. My workload to write a review has more than doubled and I’m supposed to be happy and ok with that? I’ve just completely depressed myself. See you all tomorrow ….
(the following is a post by the lovely and talented Mrs Bookstooge, a paragoness of virtue!)
We currently live in a time where wearing a mask is considered normal. When walking around without a mask, it is common for me to see the other person do one of the following: tighten their mask, shudder, walk further away, or chastisement, all stemming from fear of sickness. Which leads me to ask, is wearing a mask truly helpful?
Many types of masks are available: cloth masks, surgical masks, dust masks, respirators, and finally, HEPA filter masks.
First off, cloth masks can be made at home with a handkerchief or cut cloth and a couple hair bands or elastics. Cloth masks can also be bought at most convenience stores. What do you get for your money? Fashion. That’s right. These are considered fashion masks, and function best as a placebo. There have been no randomized clinical trials or guidance for cloth masks and just because it is perceived as helpful doesn’t mean that it actually does anything besides look pretty.
Well, Mrs. B., you might ask, “What about surgical masks?” Surgical masks are designed to catch large droplets of liquid like sweat, sneezing, and runny noses. It’s basically like wearing a facial tissue. Look at the loose fit between the mask and face. Does this look like something preventing you from breathing in a virus? I don’t think so! All surgical masks were NOT designed to prevent their wearers from inhaling airborne contaminants or viruses. Don’t believe me? Just ask the Government!
Do I need to spell out what happens with a dust mask? It’s to stop dust! Dirt in the air! NOT disease. NOT viruses. Dust. The end.
Thus we come to an end of what I have seen people outside: cloth (fashion) masks, surgical (tissue) masks, and dust (dirt) masks.
But wait… there’s more!
Around the turn of the 21st century, I worked for an allergy relief superstore in Southern California for several years and sold HEPA filtration masks and purifiers for the home.
HEPA stands for High-efficiency particulate absorbing and is an efficiency standard for an air filter. Filters meeting the HEPA standard must remove at least 99.95% of particles equal to or greater than 0.3 micrometers in diameter.
HEPA filtration systems WORK. Question: Have you seen a HEPA filtration mask around YOU?
Warning: Anything labeled “HEPA-type, HEPA-like, HEPA-style, or 99% HEPA” are NOT HEPA standard. Do not be fooled. They are NOT HEPA filters!
After working with HEPA filters, anything less feels like a real let-down. Most respirators don’t make my cut as something “good”. Do respirators work? Some more, Some less.
Two final thoughts on filters:
One lady suggested I use money as filters. “They’re paper and this way you can smell money!” She said. I didn’t say anything to her, but please don’t try this at home. Money is filthy. Do you really want the smell of unwashed hands shoved in your nose?
Another lady suggested I use a tea bag as a filter. “It’s paper and you can smell tea!” She said. While not as bad as money, I wouldn’t want a used tea bag for multiple reasons. I didn’t say anything to her, but a clean tea bag is simply like a cloth mask, not effective at stopping you from breathing in contaminants.
My personal feelings about all the masks I see is that it’s better for someone to wear a mask if they are the type to sneeze or cough in your face because it’s better than nothing for preventing saliva from spraying you in the face. HOWEVER, the masks we see in the supermarket are mostly a placebo effort and it would do just as well to sneeze/cough into your own inner elbow as to wear one of the commonly seen masks.
I’m sure you are all well aware that every wordpress user has been, or will be, forced over to the new Block Editor. I’m writing this 2 days before that actually happens to me, so there might be some things I say here that don’t apply or have been figured out or whatnot.
I am not a fan of this, at all. In fact, ever since they introduced the block editor back in ’19 I’ve tried it several times and each time gave up in disgust.
That link shows you how to get to the classic block and I figure I’ll be making use of it. Not as as good as starting everything automatically that way, but better than not having it at all.
My issue, however, is that I can no longer see at a glance, what days I have posts scheduled. When I went to schedule posts in the old editor it brought up a calendar of that particular month and any day with an already scheduled post was highlighted in blue, thus visually, and more importantly, easily (!!!!!!) clueing me in to what days I should avoid posting the new post on. I’ve talked to a so-called expert and been told that ability has been removed. So I’m supposed to either open a second tab and look at my scheduled posts on my site (which doesn’t show a calendar, just a list of posts with dates in very small writing) or better yet, just get a paper calendar and write down when I’m scheduling posts. What a great step forward!!! That is what I call progress. I could swear….
I was working on Old Reviews earlier today and in one of them came across this link to a closed blog I used to have. Man, 10 years and still ranting about genres! Guess I haven’t changed that much 😀 😀 😀
Basically, Steampunk is a sub-par genre, literary wise, and, in the broadest of terms, is for complete losers and pot heads.