Recently it has come to my attention that the infernal spam bots have taken a liking to FOTL. They’re sneaky—they attach their junk to older posts. I spent hours the other day weeding them off the site. Too bad they have no nutritional value like true weeds. As a result of this hassle, I’ve switched the comments from unmoderated to moderated. The upside is that I’ll intercept the spam at the gate; the downside is that you might need to wait a few days to see your comment if I’m in the field or traveling.
While slashing down the spam, I noticed that there were quite a few comments I’d never seen before. Because this blog is seasonal, certain topics tend to come up year after year (e.g. dandelions in March). I’ll try to address unanswered questions/concerns in future weeks.
I also came across a few rather grumpy comments about “commercial” aspects of this blog. Perhaps you’ve noticed that there’s no advertising here, unlike many blogs in the ‘sphere. This is by choice. (And by the way, I don’t begrudge any blogger who tries to monetize their site in a relevant manner.) I’ve chosen to not take ads in order to reduce clutter and because, frankly, I don’t think advertising would earn me enough income to justify the effort. I know other bloggers who make a tidy sum in advertising each month because of their excellent and popular blogs.
That said, I need to make a living and this blog is part of my work. Many of my readers are grateful to know about upcoming workshops and lectures; if you’re not among them, I ask for your patience. It’s my opinion that the occasional post about such events hardly constitutes a mercenary backslide into crass commercialism, but we all have our own definitions. One reader told me such posts only belonged on web sites, not blogs. This seems to me to be slicing it awfully thin. In any event, I plan to take that reader’s advice at some point in the future and start a site. Until then, relevant info about upcoming trips, workshops, lectures, readings, and so on, will appear on this blog from time to time.
Thanks to my faithful readers for your interest and support.