Old Posts Imported

Today I can finally say that I’ve imported all of my old posts from the old platform into WordPress. Well, most of them, anyway. Initially I’ve disabled commenting on the old posts, but I’ll be going through and selectively opening them up over time.

I’ve re-submitted my sitemap to Google and am awaiting the results. Soon I expect to see statistics flooding into WordPress from all the old indexed links.

In other news, I changed the theme again. This one is called Sparkling.

Oh, and I changed the site up so that the front page is static. The idea being that when potential employers search for me they’ll see my about page first rather than whatever the last thing I posted was. Hopefully that won’t confuse any regular readers. You should be using an RSS feed reader* anyway. (Nobody actually goes to blogs to find posts – the posts are supposed to come to you.)

* I use InoReader now, but off the top of my head you could also use Feedly or any number of others.

Subscribe-by-Email

I added the Jetpack subscribe-by-email thingy over on the side there. –>

Add your email address if you want to get emails when I post. It will send a verification email first. It goes through the WordPress site so it’s all fancy and stuff. If you had a previous subscription on any of my blogs you’ll have to sign up again.

Comments, Huh, What Are They Good For

Given that a) Nobody actually reads this blog, and b) I constantly have to mark comments as spam because stupid WordPress is a massive vector for spam bots, I think I’m going to disable comments altogether. I’m not much of a community-building sort of person anyway.

Jetpack Post-by-Email

Cool, I just setup the post-by-email feature of the Jetpack for WordPress plugin. Previously I’ve tried a few other ways to do this but they never worked right. But this Jetpack thing seems to be a set-it-and-forget-it kind of thing. (I’m probably the last WordPress user to realize this.)

Snow and Comments

It snowed last night. A thick, wet, yucky snow that subsequently froze, accumulating to perhaps a couple of inches. I used to like snow. But now I find it just about the most annoying weather there is, with the possible exception of cold rain, which we have had for the previous week, so I suppose the snow is an improvement. On another note, I get a lot of Chinese comments. I’ll probably get one on this post. I always mark them as spam, so on the off chance that there is actually a real Chinese person out there trying to comment on my posts, sorry.

Hi!

My name is Tom. Thanks for stopping by! I’m a veteran software developer in Richmond, Virginia. I have a fondness for writing, and this is one place where I do that. This blog mainly focuses on my life, technology, and current events. All of my opinions are entirely my own. Enjoy your stay!

New Theme

I installed a new theme, obviously. I like the simplicity of it, and it looks pretty good on mobile devices, so I think I will stick with it for a while. It’s called “Blaskan.”

The Spam Fight Goes On

I know there’s a ton of you out there dying to leave a comment (ha!), so I wanted to assure you that I’m still working on finding a plugin to block spam bots without blocking humans. I guess I should be flattered that my site is so popular with the spammers. (Ironically, I just saw on Slashdot that spam levels are dropping.)

Spam Attacks

Okay, I’m thinking about going back to my custom blog platform. I never got comment spam on it. (At least I never noticed it. 🙂 But now I’m looking at WordPress telling me to moderate 13 spam comments, including this gem:

“Attractive component of content. I just stumbled upon your blog and in accession capital to claim that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Any way I will be subscribing in your augment and even I fulfillment you get entry to consistently rapidly.”

This is ridiculous. I’m going to have to dig into the WordPress code and make a plugin or something to kill this stuff. All you have to do is require Javascript and like 99% of spam goes away. I think spammers should at least be required to do a little bit of work.

Welcome Back

If you had previously been following /blog.feed or /stream.feed or /comments.feed, you may or may not have noticed that you weren’t getting any new posts. You probably thought it was because I only post every six months, but in fact, this time, it was because I forgot to redirect them to WordPress’s feeds, which are /feed and /comments/feed. So, if you were subscribed to the old feeds, welcome back!