Well, I held out for as long as I could. I really did. When I first started this blog, the comment spam was none to minimal. But as time has gone on, the spam became more frequent until, now, I am being bombarded with it almost every single hour.
I’m tired of getting nonsensical ads for watches, purses, jewelery, promises to increase the size of body parts that I do not possess, or spam that is just plain lewd. The sneakiest offenders are those who try to pass themselves off as legitimate readers with “Hey, I love your blog” comments, but when you look at the link to their website, it is obvious that they are a spammer trying to sneak in a link to their dubious website and up their search engine ranking.
I’m a patient person, but enough is enough. So, effective immediately, you must now register to post a comment on this blog. I’m sorry I had to do this. I really am. I’ve never wanted to discourage comments from legitimate readers so I’ve always tried to make commenting as easy and painless as possible. Unfortunately, I can’t be so accomodating anymore.
The registration process may not entirely stop spammers but, hopefully, it will slow them down a bit. And I’ll still be moderating comments to make sure no spammers try to sneak in.
I hope this won’t discourage you legitimate readers from commenting on my blog. I really love reading your thoughts and I would be sad if nobody ever commented anymore.
The registration process is pretty simple and only takes a minute. Just scroll down to the Meta section (on the right side of the blog), click on the Registration link, and follow the instructions.
Thank you for your understanding!
You’ve got it! Don’t feel bad — we all feel your spam-pain.
Ah, thanks, Laura, for your sympathy and understanding.
Registered and ready to go! Spam sucks, and registration is easy, and I know you can be trusted. 🙂
Thanks for the vote of confidence, Em! But I should say that for any subscribers who may be concerned, you don’t need to worry about anyone finding out your password. I don’t even know their passwords. The WordPress software takes care of all of that. Ya know, I should probably put up a quick blog about that just to ease peoples minds.
Understandable. I really don’t know why spammers do what they do. How many people read spam and go, “Really? What an amazing offer/product/service! I think I’ll send them money!”