Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Comment Clean Up

Hi friends!  Today, I'm popping in with a quick check in on my blog updates.  As you've probably already figured out, I kind of abandoned them last year after a lot of the fun stuff was completed.  I had too much fun working on my new header and updating my sidebar... once those were done I never went back to do the other stuff!

Yesterday, I did some housekeeping to get myself back on track.  I spent quite a bit of time cleaning up my comments section.  There's a place on my blog where I can see all of them, and it had really gotten away from me.  It seemed like a huge daunting task.  I used to get an email every time someone would leave me a comment.  But somewhere in the wormhole that was 2017 and 2018 (when I wasn't blogging actively) that stopped.  Lately, I have to actively seek out my comments, and thus I've pretty much missed any that aren't from recent blog posts.

I've been trying to go through them a bit here and there, but yesterday I committed to going through all of them... well back through 2017 anyways.  I had so much junk and spam in there that it was overwhelming me.  I spent too much time before marking posts as scam before I deleted them.  Yesterday, I just deleted anything that was junk.

After that, I also changed my settings to require my approval before a comment will post publicly on my blog, that way I don't have to take the time to clean them up ever again.  I've already quickly weeded out three new spam posts that never even made it through.  I'm hoping this will keep them in check so I can be more interactive with people who comment!  I love to read comments from my readers... but not robots!

As for my other blog updates, I'm still trying to get caught up on the rest of the posts I never finished in 2021.  Looking ahead, I'm hoping that I can get those done sometime in May.  My new blog post method is really working with being able to look out over my calendar more in advance.  May is pretty light right now, and I'm trying to keep it that way so I can focus most of my energy on getting caught up with my posts and doing some stuff around the house before it gets too hot.

I haven't forgotten about the other changes I wanted to make to my blog layout.  I still would like to add some pages.  At some point, I'm planning to clean up my labels.  I've been a lot more careful about labeling posts recently.  But if I want it to be easier to find stuff on my blog, it's going to take a bit of time to clean all of my older posts up!  And I still need to get everything legal set up so I can start doing my affiliate links on here!

I've still got a lot of work ahead of me, but it feels good to have one less thing that I have to worry about!  My comment section is now clean and spam free... at least as far as I know.  I might have missed one or two, but it's way better than it was before!  °o°

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