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A few words about WordPress

This is my third post in four days, wow! Unfortunately, the first two said nothing about writing, so here’s a token on-topic comment. The day before I left on my trip, the dam burst and I added 2,900 words to a chapter in progress, then managed to write a couple hundred more and start editing while I was gone. I hope I can restart that flow of words this next week.

Moving on to WordPress stuff.

When I came home from vacation, I noticed WordPress now adds a “Like” button at the end of our posts (on the actual post page, not the home page) … perfect for when you like a post, but have nothing to add in comment. So, if you read and like my posts, you have three choices: Like, Comment, and ReTweet. Why not go hog-wild and do all three?

WordPress blogs have a built-in spam catcher, which I check regularly. Most days I have no spam, others one or two, but occasionally I have thirty or more instances in a single day … and that usually goes on for days. Some of these leave a generic comment with a link to a website selling something. But most are spammers leaving a comment that is just a string of random English or foreign language words, or most irritating of all—sexually related words. All those spam comments link to either commercial sites (real or scam) or porno sites. I presume not every blog has a spam catcher activated and these comments actually appear on those blogs for readers to see. Do enough readers click through on these type comments to make it worth these scammers’ efforts?

When I signed up for this blog, I read that WordPress occasionally runs advertising on their members’ blogs, but I have never seen one. A few weeks ago, someone who doesn’t come to my blog very often, ask me about an ad she saw on my post. Have any of you seen an ad on my blog? On any other WordPress blog?

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27 thoughts on “A few words about WordPress”

  1. Hi Linda,

    I think I’ve seen an advert on one of my posts, but it doesn’t seem to be a regular thing.

    How did you put the re-Tweet button on your blog? I’d like to add that one to mine and didn’t see it listed in the widgets. It might not be available for my template.


    1. Madison, thanks for visiting my blog. I put the following shortcode at the bottom of each post I’d like to be retweeted. cassidylewis is my twitter name, so substitute your own when you paste it. This version of the code will make the ReTweet button appear in the post on the home page, the individual post page, and also in your feed. This shortcode has to be enclosed by square brackets [ ] but I had to omit them to make the code appear instead of the button, so be sure to add them.

      tweetmeme source=”cassidylewis” only_single=false


  2. Good morning, Linda! So glad you’re back, and am excited for you to be able to write and revise, now that the dam has been broken! 🙂 The like button at the bottom is cute! I noticed it last night, but it didn’t strike me as different because I had just overhauled the look of my entire blog — thought it was just part of the new layout. Thanks for calling attention to it, I think it’s a nice addition.

    As for the ads, well, I’ve never seen one on anybody’s WordPress blog before. Cynthia and I were Tweeting about this very thing last week, because she had gotten an email similar to yours. When I clicked over to her blog, I didn’t see anything unusual. (She told me it had happened to someone not logged in, so I logged out before I tried it.) I don’t see any on yours, either. And, to be thorough, someone please let me know if you ever see one on mine! (Not that I can really do anything about it, but whatever. Still good to know.)

    Have a great Sunday, Linda! I’m glad you’ve posted three times in four days — you’ve inspired me! Perhaps I’ll do the same! 🙂


    1. Kayla, I came back and then left again, which I will mention in my next post.

      I’m still trying to figure out the ad/no ad thing. I too thought they might be visible only if you were logged out of WordPress, but I tried that and didn’t see them either. And wouldn’t that mean everyone who comes here and doesn’t have a WordPress account would see them? But now Dayner posted that she has seen one on my blog and she was logged out at the time. Confusing.


  3. I’ve never seen any ads on any blogs I look at. I agree that the spam catcher is quite good. I like the new “like” button. I admit, I forget to press it a lot of the time, trying to get in the habit of doing so 🙂


  4. I don’t remember seeing any ads here, on Shadows, or any blog, unless we’re counting badges for sites like She Writes and Twitter as ads.


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