Time to Say Good-Bye

me on chairI’m considering saying good bye to blogging and moving on. It’s been a great run and a long one but I’m feeling like “I’ve said that before” every day now. And, I am feeling the same way about answering support forum questions day in and day out too.

Update: September 24th, 2014
I have to eliminate sources of stress from my life now due to a heart condition and adult onset asthma. I had a reality check when I could not breathe and was sent to hospital less than a month ago. I have just reached age 65 and I’m not ready to go yet, so I’m changing my priorities and placing my own health and happiness at the top of my list.

I believe I am addicted to providing support and that I have been viewing this blog as my baby. Neither one healthy and I’m going to change both. I’ve had a long run and a good one but my decision has been made. I will be closing this blog to comments soon and stepping back from answering so many support questions.

My heartfelt thanks to every Reader, Commenter and Staff member who contributed to making this blog a success. I won’t forget you and I’ll keep in touch from time to time. May you all be and stay well and happy.

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WordPress.com (Automattic) Transparency Report

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Here’s a link to some very interesting reading, The WordPress.com Transparency Report encourages me to believe some are aware of how important and issue transparency is.

Automattic plans to publish bi-annual transparency reports, summarizing the government information requests and takedown demands Staff have received.   Continue reading “WordPress.com (Automattic) Transparency Report”

Gmail Password Leak Update

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Keeping on top of security protocols is a must. The recent Gmail leak reminds us all that passwords be unique for each account. Be sure you know how to keep your passwords safe and how to keep your blog safe.

“Add a phony email address to your list of contacts [in your email account]: aaaa@aaaa.com. This email address will likely be the first contact alphabetically in your address book, so will be the first recipient of a spam email from a hacker. You will receive a mail failure notice immediately that the email wasn’t delivered. This is also a quick way of checking to see whether changing your password on your email account was effective.”  –What To Do If Your Email Has Been Hacked

See also: Is Your Email Address a Spam Magnet?

Originally posted on WordPress.com News:

This week, a group of hackers released a list of about 5 million Gmail addresses and passwords. This list was not generated as a result of an exploit of WordPress.com, but since a number of emails on the list matched email addresses associated with WordPress.com accounts, we took steps to protect our users.

We downloaded the list, compared it to our user database, and proactively reset over 100,000 accounts for which the password given in the list matched the WordPress.com password. We also sent email notification of the password reset containing instructions for regaining access to the account. Users who received the email were instructed to follow these steps:

  1. Go to WordPress.com.
  2. Click the “Login” button on the homepage.
  3. Click on the link “Lost your password?”
  4. Enter your WordPress.com username.
  5. Click the “Get New Password” button.

In general, it’s very important that passwords be unique for each account. Using the same…

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Blogging has a vocabulary of its own

It’s English, TimeThief, but not as I know it, not as I know It. By Guest Author, Jill who blogs at http://jillscene.com

The blogging world once was an alien world to me. When I realised that millions of people are publishing posts every day for anyone, anywhere to read I wondered if we might be heading towards some dystopian, Borg dominated future. Why do that, I wondered, and who exactly reads it anyway? Continue reading “Blogging has a vocabulary of its own”