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My blog has hit the big time!

It's official, my blog has reached a new level of prominence. I haven't been quoted by CNN. I haven't been interviewed by Good Morning America. But, I'm definitely on my way because spammers have discovered my blog. It's just a matter of time until the press starts calling and the money starts rolling in. Soon, the Gods of Google will deliver wheelbarrows full of cash to my doorstep.

A couple of days ago I got my first spam in a post comment. I get an e-mail every time someone comments on my blog, so I usually know within an hour, unless I'm sleeping. This morning I logged in and had to delete six spam comments from various posts.

One of the core values of doing a blog, and one of the most important parts from the perspective of blog writing, is the ability for readers to comment. It's a silly little thrill I get every time I get a comment, so I don't want to disable them altogether. Unfortunately, I've had to install the image verification in my commenting system. I hate that because it isn't extremely user-friendly for disabled people, and many of my readers are disabled in one form or another.

I'm not going to allow my blog to be free advertising for spammers. I encourage you, if you have a legitimate website and a comment that's on-topic, to include the link. But don't add your link just to get a freebie.

The new system won't eliminate all spam, but it will reduce the spam produced by robots.

Finally, if you don't want to comment publicly, or if you prefer not to use a commenting system for some other reason, please feel free to e-mail me your comments. Unfortunately I can't publish my e-mail address, or those silly robots will start sending e-mail to my personal account.

Remember in math class in eighth grade? Those dastardly word problems were always so annoying. So here, if you're interested, is my e-mail address in word problem format.
Begin with my domain name and subtract www. and .com, save the .com for use later. Now press shift-2. Take the letter "g" and add it to the word "mail" and add the .com you recycled from the original domain name. If you followed these instructions you should now have my properly formatted e-mail address.
/emote Flips the bird to spammers


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