Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Management Monday: Managing your blog

This tip isn't really a classroom management post. It's a little tip to help you {and me}.

How many of you HATE these word verifiers? Yeah, they are checking to make sure robots are not posting on your blog, I get it.....

And by the way, I was not commenting at 3:33pm {during school}. It was 4:33pm. Promise.
I CAN NEVER FIGURE OUT THAT DANG THING!!! On some websites it's ever worse. Have you tried the word verification on Facebook? I have to refresh the word 100 times before I get it! And really, "tream". That's not even a word, I think.

It also takes away precious commenting time on my end.

So, I've devised a little plan to help you change your settings to the most user-friendly commenting settings. You can get more comments and I can give more comments. :)

Here's my tutorial:

Yes, once in a while I'll get a spam comment filter through, but I just delete it. And once in a while I get a mean comment on my blog from an anonymous reader and guess what....I DELETE IT! It's my blog and I'll do what I want to {well it's mine and Natalie's blog}. :)

And there you have it...more user-friendly commenting! Hope you enjoyed! What do you think? Clear as mud?

Um...hello? How did I not know about {this} video tutorial from Kristen at Ladybug's Teacher files BEFORE I made this post. Ahem.


Sandra said...

Thanks for the tutorial!!! I just changed mine! I would love for you to come and check out my new blog!

Sweet Times in First



Randi said...

Thanks for this! I agree with you it's so annoying...half the time it's just a blur! I just changed my setting. Please come visit!
Randi @ Teach It With Class

Amanda said...

Thank you, friend! This was a great post, and you convinced me to change my settings! I received a pretty mean message on my blog once, so I started to moderate comments. However, you're right. It's annoying. I hate it. I also hate that I am annoying people. I need to stop being a control freak. You are so persuasive! :) You should be a motivational speaker! I'd come see you! {I still want to meet up anyway!}

Kelley Cirrito said...

I just figured this out the other day! Thanks for the post though, maybe other people will get the hint and get rid of them! :)

Klinger Cafe' said...

OHHHH that will be so much better I hate those things, although it is fun sometimes to try and make REAL words out of those things. lol

Vickie said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! I'm really wanting to start a blog, so this help!! Thank you girls for always being so helpful!!

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Super informational post! I know Wordpress in and out, where I have a food blog, and I'm still learning the ins and outs of Blogger!

Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Stories From Second

Teach1st said...

Definitely better, now if everybody would do this!! Thanks!!

YearntoLearn said...

Yep, I so agree. It's the BEST thing ever doing away with that word verifier. I did it months ago on my blog.
I've had a few Spam comments slide through, but it's easy to delete.

Yearn to Learn Blog

Louanne said...

I love your blog! Thanks so much for your tip - just changed mine! :)
My Kindergarten Kids

Amber Polk said...

Thanks so much! I wanted to know how to do that but I just hadn't taken the time! Thanks!!

Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher

Natalie Kay said...

Yay Rachelle! This was a brilliant blog post!

Heather's Heart said...
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Kristin said...

You're the best!
GREAT tutorial.
You should be a teacher. :) :) :)
And I like the font you used.
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Heather's Heart said...

Thank you! I saw this tutorial on Ladybug's Teacher Files but had put it off! I changed it! =)

I would love for anyone to come check it out and while you are there grab TONS and TONS of penguin and snowmen *freebies*!

Heather's Heart

Kristen said...

Absolutely perfectly clear tutorial and I totally agreed...I removed mine awhile back because that code was driving me so crazy!!! Happy New Year Rachelle (and Natalie!!)

Kristin said...

Okay, I had to come back. I just double checked my settings to make sure my peeps didn't have to do a word verification (I changed it a long time ago) and guess what? TWO of YOUR comments were in my SPAM.
Kind of funny, if you ask me. :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Elisabeth said...

I just changed mine! Definitely a good tutorial! Worked perfectly! Hope all is well!! :)


Kinderglynn said...

Awesome. Thanks!!

Tricia said...

Thanks for the tip. I am new to blogging and can use all the help I can get.

Thanks again,
Queen with Class

Jen R. (The Teachers' Cauldron) said...

I hate those word verifications! It totally slows down my commenting!
Thanks girl :)
The Teachers’ Cauldron

Jodi said...

I have been meaning to do this for awhile. Thanks for the reminder :) Comment away people!!! LOL!


Kelly Hall said...

I am still very new to blogging and I hate having to do all that work to leave comments. Manty times I just give up. I am so glad that my blog is now fixed!!!!Thanks!

Kristen said...

Ok, this is really embarrassing to admit, but I truly have no recollection of making a tutorial on this. I remember taking off my code when I realized I didn't care about the spam, but I really don't remember talking about it on my blog! How bad is that?! I'm so glad you did this because, obviously, you know what you are posting and take the time to do so in a clear fashion, lol!! You are awesome Rachelle, as always!

Beg, Borrow, and Teach Blog said...

Awesome post! I took it step by step and changed the settings on my blog. Thanks!

Mrs. Patton said...

Yay, thanks for the tutorial. I know it takes a little while to get all of those screen shots together. Just changed mine! :)

Colleen Patton
Mrs. Patton’s Patch

Sarah said...

Thank you! This is so fabulous. I am still struggling to figure out how to keep up with a blog and teaching and htis is an awesome post!

I will be doing this later tonight :)


Vickie said...

Even though this post was just about comments, it finally made me start my blog! Thanks for the inspiration!


Ms. Rachel said...

onnnn itt.

SunnyDays said...

I did this over the summer and I think I've had about 3 spam-ish comments since then. big whoop. I always love when I leave a comment and I don't have to pretend I'm deciphering some ancient language!

Sunny Days In Second Grade

Anonymous said...

Thank you for allowing anonymous comments....I don't have a blog or a google account so I can't comment on many blogs. I love reading and getting awesome ideas from other teachers, but I am an "outsider" (blog-free)!

Christi said...

Thank you so much for the lesson. I have had a personal blog for my family, but I just started a teacher blog. I have taught for 14 years, and I'm trying to get my mojo back. Ha!

Team Carroll said...

Ooooh...I totally think I have this?!?! At least, I know I do on my other blogs!! I got a few rude comments on my personal blogs and now I don't accept anonymous comments and I'm pretty sure I'm extra annoying with the word verification, too. Gosh darnit...didn't these people learn the whole, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?!?!" With that said, I need to at least change the settings on my teaching blog! Thanks for the tips, girl! Love it!

Cara :)
The First Grade Parade

Caroline Brantley said...

Thanks! I would comment more if it wasn't for the word verifications.
I always love it when I don't have to type it in. Great job.

Miss T said...

I changed mine :) Now no more verifications! Thanks :)

Journey of a Substitute Teacher

Kristin said...

One last time, I promise!
I don't know why you were in my Spam but I also felt as if I'd read those comments before so quite possibly, they went to two different places? I didn't mean to upset you --- and I will have a very stern talk with blogger and my upper management team. Someone will pay! Heads will roll! They haven't heard the last from me! :)
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Erika said...

Amen. Thank you. I hate those dang non-word thingies. I wish everyone would go in and change this right now!!

2B Honey Bunch
The Best Endings

Nicole said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I, too, hate those word verifications!
Teaching With Style

Anna Brantley said...

Looooooooove it!!! You are AWESOME to share this super tip!! THANK YOU!!

Ali said...

Thanks for posting about this....I have to say I post most often on blogs that have the pop up window and not word verification.....it makes it so much easier!!


Mrs. Nunley said...

Thank you for the tips! I just fixed my blog!


~Stephanie said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Being a new blogger, there is so much to learn!

Teaching in Room 6

Doodle Bugs Paper said...

I hope everyone you reads this follows your tutorial!! I am a huge fan of popup comment windows and for goodness sake.. NO WORD VERIFCATIONS :o)

Whooo Hoooo! Thanks! I hope you inspired lots of people!

kjohnson4 said...

Awesome tutorial! Thanks:)

Lory said...

Wahoo... I just did it.
Thanks for your expertise ;)

Lory's Page

Lory Robinson said...

I always goof up on those word verifiers too!
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madefor1stgrade said...

You are awesome!! We always enjoy your ideas and your upbeat personality :)You always seem soooo happy!! Thanks for sharing and making things easier for all of us! Also wanted to say "thanks" for the sweet comments you have left us from time to time! We appreciate it! Have a wonderful new year!!

Crayons and Curls said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Will work on that now! :)
Crayons and Curls

Lisa said...

Thanks for this post. I *think* that I fixed mine. Those words are always a blur...


Jonelle Bell said...

OK I had mine set up this way and now it is not and I can't find the word verification turn off. Can you help?
A Place Called Kindergarten

ms.composure said...

thanks thanks thanks so much! def very useful! (may need to update it b/c if you have the new blogger interface it does not let you turn off the word verification.....you have to go back to the old blogger interface to make the change...at least that is what i did)



ms.composure said...

thanks thanks thanks so much! def very useful! (may need to update it b/c if you have the new blogger interface it does not let you turn off the word verification.....you have to go back to the old blogger interface to make the change...at least that is what i did)



Hadar said...

The word verification is even worse now!!! We gotta get the word out about this!!

~HoJo~ said...

Done! Thank you so much for this! I have been having a heck of a time posting comments at all lately, let alone having to deal with that dumb thing. This is perfect!

Edana said...

Thank- you!!! I just hate word verification! I'm like you it'll take me a while before I can read the actual word :)

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Jessica Stanford said...

I hope you don't mind if I send people your way to read this!!!


Jessica Stanford
Mrs. Stanford's Class Blog

S. Simpson said...

THANKS YOU for posting about this. I just found your tutorial today and it is fantastic. I'm a visual person so the screen shots are perfect for me. Thanks again,

Simpson Superstars

April Kreitzer Wolfe said...

Great post. I too hate the pop up verification thingy. Why do you suggest to open up a window for the comment?


Where Seconds Count said...

Thank you for the tutorial. I just changed mine. They annoy me too! :)
I am new to the blogging world. If you have time I would love for you to stop by sometime. wheresecondscount.blogspot.com
Amy K.
Where Seconds Count

Ann said...

Thank you so much!!! I loved how your tutorial wasn't a video. That was awesome. I'm your newest follower, and I know you have THOUSANDS of followers, but if you have time someday, come visit me!
The Caffeinated Classroom

mjfavre said...

Thanks for sharing this!! I'm a new follower. I added a link to this post from my blog tips post. Now I resent it everytime I have to type the robot business in!

I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

Jackie said...

Here, Here!!!

Megan @ I Teach. What's Your Super Power? said...

Hey-Teacher blogs are getting pounded with spam lately. I posted how to get rid of the mess here:

I Teach. What's Your Super Power?

These people are crazy!!!

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Jaime Miller said...

Thank you so much for this post! I just got done fixing my blogger profile thank to your help. I am new at blogging and have so much to learn! Any advice on how to get followers? Thanks for all of you help and I absolutely love your blog!


H Clark said...

It's a very helpful post! Thank you for sharing! I'm just getting started in the blogging world and I learn something new every day. Can't wait to adjust my blog!
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Heidi Neels said...

Wow! Thanks for the great info! I will be making some changes to my blog!

Heidi Neels
Flipping For First

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