Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful

I was VERY thankful for grandparents and great-grandparents. I MIGHT have been spoiled by being the first child of two only-children.

This week’s photo challenge by WordPress, Thankful , conjures up pictures of food, family, friends, and material objects.  Beyond our immediate circle of influence and interaction, our country, and the peace, liberty, and freedom it offers comprise some of the more esoteric gifts that make us thankful.  Our lives are improved by people that serve us and do things that we can’t do for ourselves, so we are thankful for:   business people, teachers, doctors, our service men and women, inventors, even attorneys, Jean.

All of what we experience in life today thankfully and appreciatively is built on a foundation of ancestors that worked hard, made mistakes, created, and destroyed, loved and laughed just as we do today who left us a legacy.  I am thankful that life moves on, and things change.

Stocks in Colonial Williamsburg

At a teachers week-long institute in Colonial Williamsburg, we had no idea what kind of trouble we might be getting into.  I’m not sure why we are laughing, our crime was not a laughing matter.  We might have been doing something dreadful such as preaching Baptist doctrine inside the town.  Amazing when it’s out your time period, you can laugh about some pretty horrible practices.  I’m just thankful these are passé.

Here are some other samples of Thankful.

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Ese’s Voice
  2. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Figments of a DuTchess
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « masadiso79′s Blog
  4. Over the Rainbow « Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | FOTO chip – © Birgitta Rudenius
  6. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « MaanKind
  7. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « What’s (in) the picture?
  8. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « A year in the Life
  9. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful, can mean many things « A Western Buddhist’s Travels
  10. I am thankful for… | Thirdeyemom
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « « The Great Escape » Life from behind a lens
  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | The Patient Gardener’s Weblog
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful (Introducing The Prawn Of Appreciation) | EL Appleby: Short Stories*
  14. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  15. Thanksgiving Blessings « Sisters of Christ
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful — Mirror. « mommyverbs
  17. Thankful « Teepe’s weblog
  18. Thankful… « the thirdeyeworld
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Just a few photos
  20. salsa verde « yi-ching lin photography
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful « The Urge To Wander
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Tea with a Pirate
  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful – Joy and Woe
  24. Weekly Photo Challenge – thankful | Chittle Chattle
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Form Your Troika
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge – Thankful | Just Snaps
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « warmhotchocolate
  28. WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE : THANKFUL « beyond toxicity
  29. Weekly photo challenge: Thankful « The (Urban-Wildlife) Interface
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge; Thankful « Day One
  31. The Gravity of the Situation | Beyond the Brush
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « thelifebus
  33. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | a hectic life
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Words & Pictures
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | rfljenksy – Practicing Simplicity
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Alastair’s Blog
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Lola Jane’s World
  38. They deserve it the most… | Living in Another Language
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Sigoese
  40. Thanksgiving photo post « my blog.
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | colderweather
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | joy cannis photography
  43. Thankful | Galang Pusa
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Miljo Anne
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | The Good Villager
  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Perceptions of a reluctant Homemaker
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | s1ngal
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Lonely Travelog
  49. weekly photo challenge: thankful « a nomad in the land of nizwa
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « The World According to Me…
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Blatherskite
  52. Why I Don’t Invite Milla Jovovich to Tea | rarasaur
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful for Blog Readers | Cardboard Me Travels
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Ruth E Hendricks Photography
  55. BLACK FRIDAY DEAL: 30 Minute WordPress Consultation | Open Knowledge
  56. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Efrata Denny Saputra Yunus
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | blog SRI IZAWATI
  58. Photo Journal/Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful «
  59. Thankful for every minute of it … | The Wanderlust Gene
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Wind Against Current
  62. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Simply Charming
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | SC Surf Butler
  64. Fotograf Sara Marklund « britten
  65. Weekly Travel Theme: Liquid | Sue Ann’s Balcony
  66. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | A Hedonistic Wander
  67. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Sasieology
  68. Challenge photo de la semaine – Gratitude « Paris en photographies
  69. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | I am Super Istar
  70. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Angel Frouk
  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | The Serenity Space
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Tammys Pratbubbla
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful «
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Olivia May Photography
  75. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Nature on the Edge
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Colline’s Blog
  77. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful – a time to be thankful, and a time for reflections – to my fellow bloggers, family and friends | My Notebook
  78. Thanksgiving Reflections « SimplySage
  79. Thankful !! | nirvanatrails
  80. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful | Mirth and Motivation
  81. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Last Train to QVille
  82. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Life&Ink
  83. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Stefano Scheda
  84. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful (Reasons to Be) | Hurtled to 60 and Now Beyond…
  85. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful / My Camera | wAnderful ESCAPADES
  86. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal
  87. Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful « Julie Dawn Fox Photography

Internet Purgatory Solutions

I’m beginning to feel jinxed as I struggle technologically to blog.  First I had my problems just learning the ropes, then I started jumping unannounced and uninvited into people’s spam boxes.  That all came to a head when WordPress shut me down for pasting in a spam comment with the little gravitar.  NOW I’m voraciously eating up internet gigabytes like there’s no tomorrow, and maybe I’ve sailed to the end of the world, and fallen off the internet safety web.


So I thought you might want to know what happened today.  V likes to keep me happy, so instead of making me wait until Nov. 24 when Wildblue fills my gigabyte food bowl again, he bought me 2 gigabytes of service.  We answered emails and comments together for a half hour, and he checked the gigabyte meter.  Amazingly we had used 1 gigabyte.  We hadn’t downloaded anything.  We hadn’t pulled up any pictures, visited any of your websites, nothing.  So we went to his office, and I quickly published the post I worked on last night from 12:00 – 2:40 a.m.  Gigabytes are free and unlimited from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. local time.  Then I answered emails in the evening for about 45 minutes.  Poof, the other gigabyte disappeared into my ravenous cybertummy.  At that point I got messages like, “Your email has not been sent.”

So V called Wildblue, and insisted that a few emails do not create even megabytes of information, let alone gigabytes.  Even photos can be done in megabytes, and I avoided photos.  I sent my Foothill Magazine friend a link to my post instead of sending photos.  The technical support person agreed with V, and credited our account for the 2 gigabytes, and gave us unlimited gigabytes that should go into effect by TOMORROW NIGHT until they figure out our problem.

Meanwhile, I waited until midnight to start writing my posts for the rest of the week, and It took until about 12:20 for even Wildblue’s normal unlimited gigabytes to kick in.  I couldn’t get on even with the modem directly connected to my computer.  V pressed some magic buttons, and after about 20 minutes he was able to pull up my screen.

To Wildblue’s credit, they are trying to help us.  Thank y’all for being so patient and visiting me when I haven’t been able to visit you back for about the last week or more.

Trackbacks, Pings

… [Trackback]…

[…] There you will find 77615 more Infos: tchistorygal.wordpress.com/2012/10/08/spam-and-stats/ […]…

Tara Hunt heartshapedblog.com
“A trackback is an acknowledgment. This acknowledgment is sent via a network signal (ping) from the originating site to the receiving site. The receptor often publishes a link back to the originator indicating its worthiness. Trackback requires both sites to be trackback-enabled in order to establish this communication.Trackbacks are used primarily to facilitate communication between blogs; if a blogger writes a new entry commenting on, or referring to, an entry found at another blog, and both blogging tools support the TrackBack protocol, then the commenting blogger can notify the other blog with a “TrackBack ping“; the receiving blog will typically display summaries of, and links to, all the commenting entries below the original entry. This allows for conversations spanning several blogs that readers can easily follow.” Wikipedia
This information helps me somewhat, but there are 40+ of these trackbacks in my spam files, so am I to assume that all trackbacks are SPAM?  Even my own trackbacks, which come up automatically when I do a series of articles such as my Hawaii trip and embed a link to my other articles, are in my spam files.  WordPress has a series of articles that I’m sure I’ve read, and you may have also, but for me it takes some rereading to successfully negotiate the mechanics of blogging.

“Comment Spam

Comment Spam refers to useless comments (or trackbacks, or pingbacks) to posts on a blog. These are often irrelevant to the context value of the post. They can contain one or more links to other websites or domains. Spammers use Comment Spam as a medium to get higher page rank for their domains in Google, so that they can sell those domains at a higher price sometime in future or to obtain a high ranking in search results for an existing website.”

That answers the question, “Why do spammers spam?

“Spammers are relentless; because there can be substantial money involved, they work hard at their “job.” They even build automated tools (robots) to rapidly submit their spam to the same or multiple weblogs. Many webloggers, especially beginners, sometimes feel overwhelmed by Comment Spam.

There are solutions, though, to avoiding Comment Spam. WordPress includes many tools for combating Comment Spam. With a little up front effort, Comment Spam can be manageable, and certainly no reason to give up weblogging.”

I came across another article that advises for and tells how to disable trackbacks and pings.

Given my history with spam, would you all y’all advise me to press “Delete Permanently” or “Not Spam”?


Questions I Have About Doing WP


I spend an inordinate amount of time trying to problem solve using the tools that companies – open source or otherwise – give their customers to take care of their products.  My problems never fit within the normal range – ask Steve Woods,a tech expert at TCOE, who cringes to see me coming.  (I’m taking his Photoshop class tonight – get ready Steve.)

So I am still trying to check out why I’m being so spammy, because I responded to several sites from my reader, and my comments after the posting sign finished, the comment disappeared. I have posted on that site many times!!!  I went to a WordPress forum.  I get distracted on that website when I notice that lots of people have listed their websites for the WP folks to go visit.  Then they type a problem they are having in the subject line.  I think I’ll do that.  But first you have to answer questions and fill in forms.  One of the first questions you have to answer is, “What version of WordPress are you using?”  How would I know that?  I have looked on every page in my menu, and there is nothing about versions.  So I resigned that for now.

Next, I saw that there are WordPress camps around the world where you can go learn about WordPress.  That was cool.  The ones on the west coast were in August ad September.  I think I’ll wait for the Paris trip.


Accidentally I saw a way to get your site maximized on google searches.  You had to verify your site by placing the google meta code on your home page.  So I opened up my pages in the dashboard, and the home page didn’t show in the menu.  Then I went to the menu, and clicked home, and it still didn’t show.  The google instructions were pretty clear as to where to paste the meta thingy, but I couldn’t find my home page in order to paste anything.  Of course, I could go to the home page as an outsider, but that didn’t help me paste the meta code.  The dashboard seems to be synonymous with home page, but I couldn’t find the areas that looked like what was so clearly listed by the Google experts.

The result is that I am totally frustrated which I don’t blame on WP.  I had a similar problem already this morning trying to do online bill paying with B of A.  After explaining it to three customer service representatives, and being disconnected twice, and disconnecting myself after the chatter person didn’t chatter for a long time, I disconnected myself.  So I’m starting my own help page.  I ask the questions.  Someone knowledgable sees them, and writes me a decodable answer.


The Un-Spam Button


I am researching why my comments appearing in some of your spam folders.  I went on wordpress.org and got a user name and password to begin my search.  As I was reading another user’s words of woe, I read that Akismet also has a support site.  It was more helpful.  This is part of what Akismet support said.

“A comment from a friend appeared in my spam folder. Why, and what should I do?

Use the un-spam button in WordPress to rescue it, or the equivalent button in your blog or forum application.

Akismet isn’t perfect, and occasional errors do happen. The un-spam button will teach Akismet not to make the same mistake again.

I heard that Akismet blocks IP addresses and websites. Is that true?

No, Akismet is not a web site or IP blacklist. Blacklisting isn’t very effective and causes false positives, so we don’t do it.

Instead, Akismet always uses all the available information about a comment together in order to determine if it’s real or spam. The IP address is an important piece of information, but it’s always used in conjunction with other information about each comment.

Additionally, Akismet learns the preferences of each individual blog owner, and tailors its results accordingly – each blog has different standards for what is and is not considered spam, so Akismet produces different results on each blog.

All of the comments on my blog are going to spam!

Are you using the ReCaptcha plugin for WordPress? If so, please disable it and see if that fixes the problem. It sometimes catches comments as spam even when Akismet says they’re not.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, please contact support and we’ll investigate.”

On my site I have found that Akismet has done a good job.  Once in a while I will find a comment that makes sense – even though I don’t know the blogger – I let them in.  Most of the time Akismet keeps out sites that are only selling things, are only about sex, or have really ridiculous grammar and syntax.

There were many more entries, but the gist of the matter is that if my comments are going to your spam folder, then you are going to have to invite me back in. – unspam me.  If I have said something offensive to you, I am deeply sorry. However, since the reporters of my spammy comments have been new blogging friends, I imagine that only your computer or your spam catching program is offended by my remarks or IP address. To those offended technologies I say, “Unspam yourself, and have a great day!”