Thursday, September 04, 2008

And the winner is....

Thank you everyone for entering the draw... I will be having another one soon so keep your eye out for it! I wish I could sent all of you something!

There were 2 winners... I haven't finished the things for the second winner yet but will get em sent out as soon as I do!

Winner #1 is MAE

Winner #2 is KRISTEN

Ladies... Please send me your deets!!!! Hilmarose At AOL dot com

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Word Verification...

(Don't forget to enter my blog candy draw)

I HATE it!!!!! So many times I want to leave comments but when I click and see the verification letters I just close it out!!!! I have a few hundred blogs in my reader and and if a lot post each day that is way too many to do verification. The blog owners are the ones missing out on my comments, as well as many others!
ETA: I am soooooo very sorry to my readers!!!! I thought I had turned OFF the verification but after reading someone's post about the owner not seeing it unless they go in settings I went and it was ON!!!! I know I turned it off in the old blogger but when we switched to the new one it must have been automatically set! AGAIN... I AM SOOOOOOO SORRY!!!

Thanks Julie for the button!!! Go read her post about it too!

Chris has been campaigning and here is what she has to say:


Everyone will have their own view, but in my case, I regard the removal of word verification as a basic courtesy to my visitors who are kind enough to take the time to leave comments. Being aware of their comments through comment moderation, but not hindering them with word verification is the very least I can do to reciprocate their courtesy to me.

The problem with word verification is that it takes too long. The characters are very often hard to decipher, and it’s frustrating when you get them wrong and have to re-enter the little suckers!

So this campaign is on behalf of busy bloggers. Please spare a thought for the poor bloggers who work so hard at getting round as many blogs as possible to leave sprinkles of blessing and good vibes wherever they go. The terrible proliferation of this awful plague of word verification is a blight on their efforts to make the Land of Blog a cheerier place.

I think most people don't realise that they have word verification on their blogs by default, or how easy it is to switch it off, and perhaps not realising how annoying it is for other bloggers. Either that, or they’re under the misapprehension that they will be bombarded with spam messages. This is not the case. I’ve had mine switched off now for three of the four months that I’ve been blogging, and have had two spam comments. The responses I’ve had from other bloggers to my earlier posts on this topic back this up. (You can see the comments in response to my previous post on this subject, HERE.)

For safety’s sake, have comment moderation on for sure, but please consider canceling word verification on your blog. Maybe for a trial period, and see how you get on.

Unless there are thousands of comments being left, comment moderation shouldn’t be too much of an issue for the blog owner, and other bloggers will also be more inclined to leave comments if they can see that you don’t use word verification.

However, each to their own, and if you disagree with me, that’s cool. We can agree to differ and not visit each other’s blogs! lol ;o)
OK.. rant over. If you have read all the way to the end, thank you for putting up with it, and ~ obviously ~ do what you wish on your blogs, but I had to say something. I love to get around and leave comments, but word verification spoils the experience.
Of course, when I get my new job, all this will be academic to me, as I will then have a life, and I won't have time for much blog-hopping!! Not that blog-hoppers need to get a life.. Errr... think I'll stop digging now, before I get into REAL trouble!! lol ;o)