Written by Meg from Simply Nutmeg
You know what really bothers me, sets me smack in the middle of a post partum, hormonal hissy fit? Those damn word verifies. I know they're all over the net, and I understand they're a necessary evil to control the Viagra and teen booby trolls. Hell, I even have one on my own website. But mine is simple; you just type in a four letter word. You don't have to squint and hold your computer screen at arm's length to read it, and it's the same every time you have to enter it. It's also a real word so you don't spend precious blog-reading time trying to decipher gibberish.
My problem is that I'm old enough to need reading glasses but not old enough to admit it, or to go out and spend the three dollars they'd cost me at Walmart. I can't really see those stupid letters when you run them all together. I'm also not all that computer savvy. For the life of me I can't seem to figure out how to make my letters squiggly when I type them in. I've looked all over my keyboard and I don't see any squiggly letters. Then there's that line going through them. I've tried the hyphen, the underscore, I've tried to switch to HTML and use the cross-out feature. I can't get a line through my son-of-a-bum letters.
I really rail when the row of letters dips down a little in the middle. I thought maybe that was like an Etch-a-Sketch feature so I tried shaking my laptop over my head. Freaking letters stay straight! I've tried F1 through F12 - no go. I've E-mailed the folks at Blogging Basics 101 (where there are no stupid questions), but they haven't written a post about it yet. Maybe I need to upgrade my laptop. Or maybe I need to say yes to one of those 'updates are ready for your computer' messages.
Whatever the glitch turns out to be, I would just like to make it known that if you have a blog out there with a word verify, I'm probably reading it, I'm out there lurking, and I'm trying like hell to share with you my brilliant comments!
A writer, editor, teacher, and mom to four little menches, Meg is just hoping her blog addiction will keep her off that crack-cocaine! You can tune in to her cyber sitcom at http://www.simplynutmeg.com.