|On my easel|
This is what is on my easel right now. And I don't care if the studio is a mess, I AM GOING TO PAINT THIS WEEKEND!!!
But what I want to talk about is blogging.
Have you noticed that I have changed my header? Slowly but surely I am trying to get it looking a little nicer around here. But that's not what I wanted to talk about either.
There are two things I want to talk about.
One is about comments. (I LOVE THEM!!) About a year or so ago, I read a blog post about making it easy to leave comments. I'm sorry I didn't bookmark it and it is not a blog that I read but was blog hopping and somehow ended up on this blog that had huge following like seven thousand or more. Really. Anyway, it was a good post about spam and making it easy for your followers to leave comments.
I can say that Blogger is on top of the spam issue now. I haven't had any of those nasty spam comments since they started their spam filter. So, I took the advise from the blog post and went about making it easier to leave comments at my blog.
Here is what I did: Go to your Blogger Dashboard, then to Settings, then to Comments. Scroll down to "Show word verification for comment" and click the choice to NO. For a while, I moderated comments older than 14 days because that seemed to be where the spam was landing but I don't do that anymore. I made these changes more than a year ago so you want notice any difference.
Next, did you notice that I added the Blog List that shows a little picture of your post along with the post title. It is in my sidebar and I gave it a title of "My Wonderful World of Bloggers". If you want to do this, go to Design, then to Add a Gadget, then select Blog List. There are options and you want have any trouble with that. I only wish I had realized that I could add several of the gadgets because I would have organized my list into blog themes, like art, quilting, photo, etc etc. I might get around to that some day.
But what I really want to say is I have reverted back to my original method of reading your blogs. That is to say, I come to My Blog and scroll down and pop out to Your blog from my Blog List. It is so nice that the new entries are at the top. I still have you all in google reader but it is so cold over there. And there is so much clicking to do and the truth is, I don't leave as many comments when I have to click and click and click to get there. And when I get behind and can't keep up, the number of unread drives me crazy with pressure. I know, I am crazy.
But here is the best part, I enjoy seeing your beautiful blog with your beautiful header and all your sidebar thises and thats. And I am likely to leave a comment unless I am sneaking over for a quick peak when I should be accounting or selling insurance at this desk in town. It just feels like a real visit when I pop in and see your personality showing through in you blog design. Actually I find it inspirational. You all look the same in Google Reader. And if I get a post or two behind, I don't feel any pressure because when I pop over and scroll down, I know immediately if I have read everything or not.
I didn't mean for this to be so long but ....well it is. Now, I have a favor to ask , I don't have all of your blogs in my list yet. I am slowly but surely getting there but if you notice that you are not in my list and you want to be.......well just tell me in a comment and I will put you there.
Thanks, watch for me.