It’s a little two months since I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress and enacted a change of names. Well, from Vandalism of Word’s to The Vandal is not such a big change I suppose, but it is far, far easier to spell. Now that really is a great bonus for me, considering my dreadful spelling and keyboard skills.
However, although the blog name and spelling issue is terrific news – well for me anyway – there are far grander issues that I have discovered since the move. I have unearthed all these wonderful new things called tools, plugins, metrics and all sorts of technical doodads to play with. So for the last few weeks I have been installing and uninstalling all sorts of nifty whatsamejigs, as is my way with new toys. I just can’t stop myself from fiddling, tinkering and usually ending up by locking up my site, computer and half of the Internet, but what the hell, I’m having fun.
Then I discovered that my new blog was an open target for nasty little things. Spammers, robots and phishers. No, the spelling is correct, not fishermen. So off I went again hunting down plugins and tools to kill off these horrid little creatures and you guessed it, I blew everything up yet again in my efforts to sanitise my blog and ended up having to start again from scratch. But, you didn’t even notice, did you? Well, that’s because I found out about caching my blog. Oh, don’t ask. It’s really super technical stuff and anyway, I don’t understand it myself, so how could I attempt to explain. Enough to say, it hides my stupid mistakes and you can read on blissfully unaware of my deranged missteps.
Anyway, this has been a long way around to finally getting to the point of this post. I’ve installed a ‘thingie’ that tells me who’s online at any given moment. Oh yes, spooky spying stuff I hear you say. Well, yes, in fact it is and it’s just so cool to see who is reading The Vandal. Unfortunately, it only gives me this information in a whole pile of incomprehensible number things that I just don’t understand so I still can’t tell the difference between you reading my blog and a nasty bot stealing my content or writing a stupid spam comment.
So my solution is this. Instead of adding another tool, plugin or metric, I would like to go for a more logical solution. Could you just hold up your right hand while you’re reading The Vandal and I’ll know for sure you’re not a bot. Oh, of course you can put it down when you type your comment. Thanks :)