I’ve become really alarmed at the amount of spam the site is getting, and I wouldn’t really care if they were links to harmless websites. Unfortunately, a lot of it is for porn sites or sites for unhealthy weight loss products. I am always aware of the younger audience that visits this site and I don’t want that stuff posted on my site. I always delete spam comments but sometimes they may be visible for quite some time before I see them. I also don’t like turning off comments completely when I go away for any amount of time. I really don’t think that’s fair to you guys.
So, I’ve been debating doing this for a while now, and I think it will really make me feel better and help reduce the amount of spam on the site.
All first time-comments must be approved before they appear on the site, then once you have a previously approved comment, you will be able to comment however much you want. I’m not concerned about you guys, the readers. I have only had to block two people in the almost three years the site has been open. I’m glad everyone finds the site helpful and I enjoy the friendly conversation going on in some of the comment pages.
I check the blog every day (sometimes several times a day) and will approve comments as I get them. As stated before, you only need to have one previously approved comment to be able to comment as much as you want. If you are a first time comment author, please be patient, and unless your post is inappropriate, it will be approved.
Though it means a tiny bit more work for me, I don’t care as long as I can have the peace of mind knowing that there will be less spam on the site.
I love you all and as always, thank you for the wonderful support you all have given me in running this blog.