Category: Rants

Changes to Combat Spam

I hate spam. I really do. I have an excellent spam filter (sometimes too good), but in the last two months it has missed more bad comments than usual. One day I had 45 “please moderate” comments and they were all spam. Almost every morning, I was waking up to over 500 spam comments that …

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Spam, Spam, Go Away!

For some reason, the level of spam comments has more than quadrupled in the last couple of weeks. I have a great spam filter and so very, very rarely does anything sneak through. BUT, here is the thing – sometimes my filter is over-diligent and legitimate comments end up in the Spam heap. Because of …

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Transparency and Why It is Important

**Update 4:30 PM (PST): Please read this post by Erin of Hey There is a Dead Guy in the Living Room for further clarification about Friday Reads and how it is administered. ******************************* A controversy surrounding the Friday Reads meme got me thinking about the issue of bloggers being paid for content they post to …

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Climbing the Blogging Ladder

Sometimes I think I am not that motivated. Of course, if I really examine that idea, it is ridiculous. I hold two college degrees, own a consulting business, am constantly starting new projects and learning new things, get excited about traveling, and I have been blogging here since 2007…consistently putting out content week in and …

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The Ugly Side of Literature

There must be something in the air. All week I have been reading articles which make me cringe. They are the ugly side to literature which speak to some of the worst aspects of human behavior: jealousy, anger, and bitterness. Earlier this week, Roxana Robinson of the PEN American Center spoke to V.S. Naipaul’s trashing …

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Stay Tuned…

I am having MAJOR issues with my computer. My laptop has crashed (the operating system is damaged and the whole system has to be “wiped” and rebuilt) and although I have a new desktop computer, it is currently not accessing the Internet due to a problem with my Internet connection (Frontier promises to be out …

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The Post Where I grumble about Review Queries…

I love getting books for review. I love talking to authors and publicists. Quite a few have become friends. Many of them are just plain wonderful – they know what I like, they thrust amazing books into my hands, they share my excitement about literature. And this post is not about them. This post is …

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