Sunday, October 18, 2015

Swept Away

While pondering - yes, I occasionally ponder - the decision to re-embrace blogging, the same question kept filling my empty head. "How can I exclude those people who are not welcome here?"

I realize that is working against my interests - bloggers want readers, even those who they would rather go away - but the end of the other SYLG, the end of SYLG2, and other personal crises have me overprotective of this blog. I am NOT deleting this one, no matter what trolls come my way.

Wordpress has a terrific spam/block program, which kept the worst offenders at bay. I had to read the despicable comments, but they never made it to print. Blogger's spam filter is less impressive, and if you can block people from commenting, I have not yet learned how.

The only other choice is making the blog private, by invitation only. I was seriously considering this option yesterday, but after talking to Metoo and Easily Lost, I decided making SYLG private would do more harm than good. So, the blog's doors will remain open to all.

My point? I simply wanted to keep you guys informed of my thought processes going forward. Of course, this post would have made more sense with some sleep, but since I've been up for 28 straight hours - I am writing this on Saturday at 2pm, my second day this week with no sleep - I am not exactly lucid.

Thanks for listening.


  1. Wyatt: You could add the Disqus comment system to the blog. They have more tools to block the trolls and it was fairly painless to install.
    You can also flag certain words or links that kick the comment into a moderation queue.
    I've been using it for several years and it works pretty good.

  2. Proof - Thanks, man. I'll look into that.

  3. There are times I'm not lucid after 8 hours of sleep. You can imagine how I am if I am up for 24+ hours or more. Keep on keeping on, Wyatt.

  4. You must be doing something right if you keep pissing off the trolls.

  5. I, for one, am glad you're back, Wyatt. I'll keep showing up as long as you keep posting. Hell, I showed up periodically even before you started posting here again. I knew you'd come back eventually. The perpetrator always returns to the scene of the crime, or something like that. :)

    On a side note, did you quit Tweeter? I ain't seen you 'round that neck of the interwebz lately.

  6. Metoo - I am sick as a dog today. Feels like I'm dying, which is why it took so long to reply to comments. Sorry.

    Cathy - Some people always try to ruin a good thing and interfere with others' happiness. (or in this case, sarcasm and wit.)

    John - Blogging is in my blood, which I think is why I can't have carbs anymore.

  7. Wyatt: I have a different approach to weeding out the cockroaches--expose them to the daylight, and they run for the crevices they like to hide in. Have you tried that approach? And let your friends know the details, and you might e surprised at how they can help.

  8. I know, but I am trying very hard to keep my problems off the blog. Metoo and Easily Lost have been a great help. The short version is every time I try to help someone, I end up losing. So now I'm just trying to worry about me for a change.

  9. I will be here reading as usual and commenting