This and That

 

After a windy night on the Coast, temperatures have fallen dramatically and it feels like winter again….as we prepare to enter March. Do you have any special plans for February 29th? I mean, it’s kind of an extra day, isn’t it? Do we just kind of treat it like any other day, or as a bonus day filled with the stuff we never have time to do? I don’t know why I’m asking this. What would you do if your birthday was on February 29th?

Bobby Ross of The Christian Chronicle said a few nice things about me in a recent editorial. Now should I worry about trying to write something incredible? Nah! If you’re here for the first time, welcome!

I am a latecomer to a blog buzz surrounding Stuff White People Like, but I am getting some laughs there. And I guess white people like that blog as well. Looks like they were featurned on NPR yesterday. I’ve been waiting for NPR to do a feature on my blog.

25,000. That’s the number I just passed on spam caught by Akismet spam blocker on WordPress. 25,000! Very few spam posts have gotten by Akismet since I started using WordPress. Most are caught and ready for deletion before they ever see the light of day. Internet spam  must be profitable. There is so much of it – you would think no one would be lured in, but they are ever more creative. A friend of mine recently clicked on an e-mail that said “You have a secret admirer…” They thought it might be a greeting card. Maggy recently mis-typed a URL and ended up at a site that declared our computer was eaten up with spam bots and spyware and we needed to download their product. Anyhow, 25,000 + posts never made it to my blog because of spam. Unfortunately sometimes legitimate posts end up there, so I check it often. I reckon most of us regard spam as an evil that will never end.

Worse than spam posts (that never see the light of day) are the spam BLOGS that use key words from your blog to link to you and hijack internet searches. If they are operated by WordPress or Blogger you can report them. If not, however, there’s nothing you can do about it. They’re stealing our search traffic! Yet, when I look at the search terms that bring people to my blog I’m amazed that they found my posts anyway.  Interestingly two posts are found more often than most others, Rip Van Winkle and Interview With Jason Bourne.

On a more important note, my mother went to the doctor yesterday. She will have to have 4 rounds of chemotheraphy treatment, three weeks apart. Next week she will have a minor surgery to have a device installed through which the chemotherapy will be administered. Please continue to keep her in your prayers as she enters a season of discomfort. The testimony of many is that there is new life on the other side of this process. My stepdad has been in the hospital for several days, but he is now home. His breathing struggles are not over, but the severity of the situation has been relieved somewhat. Tomorrow is their wedding anniversary! Happy anniversary you two, we love you! There are better days ahead!

Trey has a post on his blog about what makes a good blog. Both in his post and the comments, bloggers are encouraged to keep it short! I think I’ve passed that at this point, but thanks for reading!

JD

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