Saturday, May 17, 2014
Administrative notes. I am not cognizant of all the bells and whistles on blogger.
The ferrets and I had planned a little trip but it's raining and cold so we've postponed it. Instead, I've got a fire going and am staying inside. It got down to 40 last night. Raining again today, so no work on the roof.
I got a nice invitation to a "hang out". I don't know how to do that, but I clicked on the button and it took me to a sort of web page / blog / email set up. The person who sent it had a good joke. It went "Ferrets are slinkies that can go upstairs." I thought that was pretty good, and told her the joke about ferrets being "carpet sharks" because they get under loose carpets and scoot right to you, even though they can't see you. But I didn't know how to "send" my message, there didn't seem to be any button for that. So I closed the window and I hope it went to her. I'd hate to have someone think I ignored them.
If anyone ever leaves a comment on my blog, and I don't respond, it's not intentional. It happens two ways. One, somebody comments on a really old blog post, and they do it anonymously. 99.9% of anonymous comments on old posts are spam. I get about 40 spam messages a day, and the spam filter catches them before they post. While I used to try to individually read all of them to make sure I did not inadvertently delete a real comment, it got to be too great an administrative burden.
The other way is this "reply" feature on comments. Sometimes, I go on the blog and there has been a conversation going on using reply. So you have several people talking. You can't "reply" to a comment in a colum of "replies" individually. So I add a comment at the end of the chain. That can look like I answered or responded to the last person and ignored the first ones. Not so, it's just a quirk of the program.
I don't know what circles are, or why you would want to have one. I know there must be a reason but I don't know what it is. Same with "followers". It's nice to have lots of readers and the little pictures are interesting, but I have never done anything like followers so if I have some they don't show up on the blog because I don't know it.
There, that gave me a chance to mention issues that I was afraid might have offended / hurt the feelings of anyone.