1. There’s been a rash of blogs being blocked by wordpress for spamming. If they got you, they won’t let you follow any more blogs. I’d contact them to make sure you didn’t get caught up in the dragnet.

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  2. It looks to me as if they put in place a spambot that automatically shuts down anyone who follows more than a set number of blogs in a set amount of time. (“they” are not stating what the number is or what the time limit is). It’s kind of a silly thing to tag as spam because following and liking are not true spam activities in that the only gain is “shameless promotion of your blog”. Following has no adverse affect on the ones being followed who can easily block you if they find it annoying. I don’t get why WordPress is taking a harsh stance on it but I suspect a small clique of “emotional nasties” have started flagging blogs they personally detest as a means of “revenge” and are using trigger words like “spam” as a means of legitimizing their revenge game. I think it will backfire on them in time. WordPress execs don’t seem the type to allow themselves to be manipulated for long.


  3. I hope they get you back up and running at full power, Rex.

    Jason (OM) is justifiably steamed about his suspension. He’s never one to pull any punches. He was one of the first ones to follow me when I started my blog almost two years ago, so I of course followed back and became intrigued by his passion. He still answers my comments when I see fit to add my two cents to a post of his, and he’ll pop over to my place and comment if he finds one of my stories compelling, too. I don’t think that’s a spammer, you know? It’s just the opposite. WordPress needs that type of commitment to the craft, a full-time worker to feed his family who blogs because of a fire in his belly.

    Here’s a link to a blogger who cares enough about OM that she started a comment section petition to WordPress in his support.


    My tip about bypassing the Reader overload entirely, by the way, is to email subscribe. You can do that on your “manage” click on the reader. It allows you to pick instant, daily or weekly, and WordPress will send you email notifications when those blogs you follow post. I find it easier to go to my WordPress-dedicated email address and pick the blog posts I want to read from there than wading through the Reader. It’s easy to delete the posts that don’t interest me that day for some reason or another.

    Here’s the way I’ve let my following habits evolve, too, if you care. When somebody follows me, or if frequent comments on somebody else’s blog catch my eye, I click on their blog to see what’s up, and if there’s interest, I follow back or follow. No scatter-shot. Have a good Thursday. Onward we march.

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  4. I think it’s pretty funny how OM saw this post! How did he possibly do that if he only mass follows for the attention. Guess maybe he does read some of the blogs he follows, huh? Sorry, just my opinion, rant over…

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