"Have you thought about writing your family history, but found yourself stuck from the start? Writing a family narrative can be a daunting task, but Karen Jones Gowen found a way to bring her mother's story to life." (Homespun Magazine)

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Why I'm Keeping this Blog Active

I've been around Blogger for nearly five years and in that time one sees a lot of blogs come and go. Lately as I scroll down my Reader (yes Google Reader may have disappeared but Blogger has a very effective Reader feature that shows you all the recent posts on blogs you follow), I've noticed weird posts on writer blogs. Articles about the latest diet drug, posts in a foreign language, information about car insurance.

It appears that abandoned blogs are getting taken over by spammers. I mean why not grab a url on blogspot if you can, with all the attached followers and start posting spam? Maybe someone will read them and buy your diet drug, right?

So I'm keeping this blog relatively active to avoid potential problems.

These spam-controlled blogs have removed all former design features, including the follower icon on the blog. They give you no way to unfollow them except through the Settings feature on the back end of your own blog. Here's how:

From your Reading List, go to the tool icon on the far right and click it. Every blog you follow will be listed. You can click the link and check to make sure it's a valid active blog. If so, fine; if not, click the Settings on the right of the blog and it will give you the option to Stop Following this Site.

I've begun a major clear out this way, unfollowing abandoned blogs before they're taken over. Some are taken down completely with their url offered for use. Some haven't been posted on for several years, and who knows how long Blogger will allow these old sites to stay.

If the original blog has died, I'd just as soon get my name off as a follower, because I don't want any link to a spammer.


  1. Oh wow - how lovely to see a post pop up from this blog! Yay!!

    Yes, boo to spammers - I hate it when I click on a bloggie pal's blog only to find it's riddled with malware - created by some evil spammer!

    Take care

  2. I did not realize that people who send us Spam can do that. I write only if I have some issues that bother me or even if I have a funny anecdote in my family that I can share. thanks for the heads up. I will try and be active as much as can.

  3. I've never noticed this site before but I'm glad I read this post. Guess I've got something else to do with my account. Never knew this stuff before.

    Special report today on the "Story Sprouts" book launch in L.A.
    Lot's of pictures in this one!

    Tossing It Out

  4. Hi I'm looking for your contact info for a bookreview/post?
    Can you email me at EdenLiterary at gmail dot com

  5. It would be AWESOME that you keep your blog active! Thank you for dropping by and reading my post, Karen and also leaving your wonderful thoughtful comment!


  6. BTW, I am loving your ancestral photos. I love family history! <3

  7. I clean out my list once a year to get rid of those inactive blogs. I'm glad you're keeping this blog active.

  8. Thanks for the heads up about spammers. That didn't occur to me. I'll go through my reading list. Thanks, too, for stopping by my fourth wish blog and commenting. You reminded me that I want to see Midnight in Paris.


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