It’s the time of month when I share what is new on The Way Forward and I remind readers of the various ways they can access this blog, contact me, or make a donation.
Four simple words this month, really really not good. In addition to the “normal” health problems I have, I am quite congested and having difficulty breathing. I will wait to see if this passes. I have an appointment in two weeks with my primary care doctor and I am scheduled to see a new dermatologist this Friday. Due to having skin cancer, I must keep a close watch out for any abnormal skin growths. My previous dermatologist told me, due to my history of numerous blistering sunburns, that it is likely that I will get cancer again. I am proactive, which is all I can do at this point. I am paying for the sins of my youth.
Found Lost Cache of Old Blog Posts
I recently stumbled upon a small cache of old blog posts from before the 2013 server hack. While I do not have access to the hundreds of posts I lost, I do have access to a few dozen of them and I am in the process of going through them. I am correcting grammar and spelling errors and rewriting paragraphs that I think could be better stated before I post them live on The Way Forward. I have found it interesting that some of these posts are getting far more attention than when I first posted them 2-4 years ago. I suspect some of this is due to the fact that a lot more people read this blog than they did 4 years ago.
Over the past six weeks I have been using the Time Turner premium WordPress theme on The Way Forward. I am quite happy with the theme. If you see anything that could be improved, please let me know.
Popular Posts Plugin
A week ago, I added the WordPress Popular Posts plugin. This plugin generates a list of the most viewed posts. There is a widget on the sidebar that displays the list. Currently, I have the plugin set to use the page views for the past 30 days to determine which posts should be on the list. Since I have only been using the plugin for a week, the list will continue to change as it gets more page view data. The plugin does not count views of the front page. Since I do not use post excerpts (I HATE them) , a person coming to the front (home ) page can read 1 to 8 posts and it only count as 1 page view. I prefer visitors being able to read my writing in its entirety rather than forcing them to click a link to get the full post.
Here’s the Popular Posts list for the last 7 days:
Continued Increase in Comment Spam
By the end of May, it is likely that Akismet will have caught and I have manually deleted 50,000 spam comments. Yes, that’s right….50,000. As you can see from this chart,
the spam has dramatically increased in April and May. I just got off the phone with my service provider, Flywheel, and they told that these numbers are quite abnormal. As far as they can tell there is nothing amiss with my site. The spam is mostly bot generated and there is not much they can do about it. They told me they would take a look at it and see if there is anything else I/they can do.
Akismet is catching the vast majority of the spam and automatically deleting them. I am having to manually delete about 150-250 comments a day from the spam folder. I am also having to watch for and delete spam left by real people. These comments are the most time-consuming because I have to read each of them. They often sound like real comments. Fortunately, this spam onslaught has turned me into an expert on how to spot a spam comment.
Recently, someone contacted me quite apologetically about a spelling error I made on a page. I let the person know that I didn’t consider them pointing out my error offensive. I am a very good speller but I am not a very good typist. So, spelling mistakes happen. I proof read each post 3 times, yet I still end up with spelling errors. So, if you see a spelling error, please let me know. I will NOT be offended if you point it out to me.
As far as my grammar and style…I spent most of my adult life as a public speaker. My writing tends to reflect this. I continue to work very hard at improving my grammar skills and style. I don’t want to become so perfect that I lose my voice. But, if you see something that is really difficult to read or sounds incoherent, please let me know.
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