Not letting them win

Friday, September 5th, 2008 | Posted in Uncategorized

spam

Overnight the blog was overwhelmed by loads of spam, and I don’t know why the spam filter didn’t detect it all. I’ve removed it all now, but in response I’ve made a slight change to my commenting policy. Basically new commenters will have their first comment moderated by me before it will show up. I’m online a lot so it shouldn’t take more than a few hours or so to be approved.

If this proves unpopular or impractical I may opt for a captcha plugin, but I’d rather not as I hate using them on other blogs.

Let me know what you think.

Update: I’m trying something else, a system which should block the majority of spammers. So there’s now no excuse for anyone not to comment. :mrgreen:

New Look, New Domain

Sunday, July 27th, 2008 | Posted in Uncategorized

People don’t change. Only their costumes do. ~ Gene Moore

New look for the site

I got fed up of seeing all that grey when I looked at this blog, so I decided to change it to a dark green. I also spent some time on tweaking functional aspects of the site such as the top menu and the styling of comments.

I’ve also switched domains to recluse.me as I felt that it was more reflective of what I’m about, and easier to remember. If you used to link to my previous address, I’d really appreciate it if you could update your blogroll to the new one. In the meantime anyone who navigates to the old address will be redirected here.

My rss readers needn’t be concerned by these changes, as I’ve retained the same feed address.

I’ve still got a couple more things to do with the blog before I can relax (e.g. sorting out my categories and tags), but I’m happy with it so far.

Please let me know if anything looks strange (stranger than normal), and include your operating system and browser info. If you love it, tell me that too! :mrgreen:

Blog de Jour

Sunday, July 20th, 2008 | Posted in writing

It doesn’t happen too often, but I like when it does. I come across new blogs every week, but it’s quite rare that I like the blogger’s writing style and content so much that I want to explore the archives and/or subscribe to its feed.

The other day Writer Not Reading left me a comment, and I visited her blog (as I often do when people comment here). I was so impressed by the quality and accessibility of her writing that I ended up bookmarking several of her posts for further study. Her blog is a wonderful resource for writers.

Sometimes I also notice when people (usually male) enjoy visiting my archives and leaving me sweet comments. I remember before our feud (which is currently on pause in a tentative cease-fire) J.D. was very enamoured of this blog…

50,000 Visitors to the Inn

Sunday, May 18th, 2008 | Posted in fun

50,000These cute toothless kids are celebrating the fact that I’ve had 50,000 unique visitors to this blog.

I wasn’t expecting to reach this total for another couple of weeks, but then someone stumbled an old Thursday 13 post from last November and sent more than 3000 visitors there since last night! It’s all too bizarre really.

Anyway, I just wanted to use this opportunity to thank you all for visiting, whether you’re a regular commenter, lurker, subscriber or friend.

Yes, way!

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 | Posted in fun, movies

Hey dudes! Three bodacious babes, A.Writer, Liane Spicer and Ms Canterbury Soul have each awarded me the Excellent Blog Award. Another accolade to add to my mantle-piece.

Excellent Blog

I’m supposed to pass it on to another 10 bloggers, but as I’ve got three awards I’m going to give it to 15 instead:

Nicholas
BMT
Semaj
Becca
SamuraiFrog
J.D. (in his case it’s E for eejit)
Ben V
Me ole China
Capt. Incredible
Westcoast Walker
Evil Spock
Journeying
The Korean Lady’s Boy Toy
Dr M
Splotchy

Party on, dudes!

Bill and Ted