21 Feb 2012

New Word Verification - bah!

Thanks to The Run*A*Round Ranch for use of this image and also thanks to The Crafter'sApprentice for the post that helped me locate it.

I haven't been on blogger for about 5 days and then I'm faced with having to decipher gobbledegook - two lots of it - when I do leave comments on some blogs! I use satellite broadband because that is all I can have in rural Australia, apart from dial-up - which translates to 'useless' here, so it is quite expensive and also regulated by weather changes as extensive cloud cover or electrical storms can render it inoperable. Therefore my online time has limits to it that I don't like to waste. I didn't mind word verification previously and I can understand bloggers not wanting spam and not wanting to moderate their blogs but this latest stunt by Blogger is ridiculous. I'm joining the above blogs in the protest against the new word verification as I can't always decipher them and it wastes my time and my patience.
Please join us by removing Word Verification from your blog.

From blogger DASHBOARD click on SETTINGS, then click on COMMENTS and scroll down almost to the bottom of the page where you will find Show word verification for comments? Select the No option.
If you are concerned about spam then select one of the Comment Moderation options in the section above the word verification section. I did.
Alternatively you can select Registered Users option at the top of the COMMENTS page beside the WHO CAN COMMENT?

Either or both should protect you from spam or unwanted anonymous comments.


Postscript - If you want to link to this post feel free to do so as I'm sure there are other bloggers who are disgruntled and if linking saves you wasting internet time typing up your own post (and you think my post is ok) I don't have a problem with that. I think a chain reaction to word verification disuse is good.

14 Feb 2012

Slow month

I've been posting at least a couple of times a week on my 2012 - Through a camera lens blog and as I've also been trying to set up for market stalls, including sourcing business cards, trying to find reasonable public liability insurance (!) and other stuff, I've neglected all my other blogs.
In the other stuff category I'm participating in another Soul Scrappers challenge. This one is called "Shop Till You Drop" and celebrates the 2nd anniversary of the Soul Scrappers website.

For STYD1 the challenge was to decorate a frame - you could design your own or alter an existing frame. The decorations had to include 3 flowers, a title and a tie or ribbon to hang it with. I decided to design my own. The flower paper on the frame is the top layer of a serviette (thanks to Kerryanne and her Embracing the Passion course for giving me this idea!). The dragonfly is a shiny metal embellishment that I've coloured using Sharpie permanent markers. This will be a gift to my daughter.

The STYD2 challenge was to use 9 flowers on a floral patterned paper with a cluster of flowers somewhere on the item. Being short of cards lately I decided this would be a good opportunity to add another to the collection. The fact that I have many blue items decided the colour choice and I can always add a sentiment later when I decide on its receiver. I've kept it 'flattish' so it can go by mail without incurring extra costs. The flowers at top right were added after submitting it to the challenge as I had an afterthought that it needed something to 'balance' the design.

Thanks for looking!,