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Changes to this blog and blogger

April 19th, 2006 · 8 Comments

Orange flourish

I’ve been making some changes in my life and hope to write more about those soon. I am also planning to take this blog in a slightly new direction. First though I would like to post some pieces that are still in the draft folder.

One change I have made is that I am approving all comments to be posted. Some days all the time I have for blogging has been spent deleting spam. Instead for now I will try approving comments. Of course the disadvantage of this method is that it requires my presence and approval for conversations to continue. But for now, given the blog setup that I have and other resources, this seems to be the best solution.

My Flickr pictures document the signs of spring around me. In one garden bed, I have planted seven kinds of tulips. Five of them are visible here. Summer has been my favorite season, but this year I find the season of change exciting and refreshing.

Tags: blog · gardening

8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lucy // Apr 19, 2006 at 10:57 am

    I tried “approval” on my blog, which annoyed the life out of me. Eventually, my techie guy installed some sort of DNA-detector that worked better for me. Hope you find a solution that makes you happy, and lets you keep blogging. I like it when you blog :)

  • 2 Susan Kitchens // Apr 21, 2006 at 8:14 pm

    Julie, am looking forward to reading of the new directions. (and I was an 8th grade chicken poxxer, too)

    But as for spam, I see that Akismet is either currently avaiable or in testing. It started with WordPress. Since installing it, the numbers of spam I’ve received have dropped. Dramatically. Every once in a while, I’ll get a few and mark ‘em as spam and then there’s a long lull for days, no– weeks– at a time. So if Akismet is available, I’d go for it.
    Info re: akismet is available here: http://photomatt.net/2006/04/14/akismet-for-movable-type/

  • 3 Dean Esmay // Apr 21, 2006 at 8:59 pm

    If you upgrade to the latest version of Movable Type, you can instead require peole to use comment accounts. With comment accounts, you won’t be troubled by comment spam again.

  • 4 Kevin O'Keefe // Apr 22, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    Whatever change is afoot, we know it will work well for you. You’ve always done a nice job with your blog.

    If you have any questions on spam set up and comments, please holler. We work on blog spam issues all the time.

  • 5 Jen Zug // Apr 23, 2006 at 7:34 pm

    I don’t know what you use, but in WordPress there is an option to approve only the first comment made by a commentor, then all other comments made from the same person are automatically approved. This works for me as a happy medium! :)

  • 6 sky // May 2, 2006 at 5:58 am

    beautiful tulips! isn’t spring magical?! i can hardly wait to get outside into the garden each morning to just observe! :)

  • 7 ray // May 2, 2006 at 9:55 pm

    Hi Julie, I am going to be a student at UC Davis in the fall and I’ve been thinking about my future lately a lot. I think I want to go to med school. But I cant pursue fully because I’m not really sure if medicine is right for me. I was wondering if you could offer me some insight as to how you knew you didn’t want to be a doctor and also if you know some ways that I could determine if I would be ultimately happy as a physician. I mean does enjoying studying mean a lot? I’m trying to sort things out and my full potential cannot be released unless I am suuure of what I wanna do. I’m at that stage yea. Gosh I’ve been searching and searching to find out if I really wanna do this. I hate the pressure also because I cant just decide later anymore. My grades and volunteer work must be thought about now. I hope you can offer me some advice as to how I can determine if I want to be a doctor or not.

  • 8 Lucy // May 12, 2006 at 6:21 am

    Curious. I’m starting to get curious. Maybe you could post a quick note saying “hey, we’re all ok” or “hey, we’re all fine” or “hey, we’re all nifty” or “hey, we’re moving to Uzbeckistan” :)

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