If you see these comments, I'm sorry. I'm doing my best. They seem to come in waves.
Many bloggers combat comment spam by instituting a word-verification request for comments. I simply can't bring myself to do this. For one thing, the words and numbers in the word-verification process are too hard to read. It's aggravating, and I fear some people will leave my blog without commenting. However, what's even more important is that I don't feel my readers should be the ones to bear the annoyance.
Word verification might stop spam comments, but it also requires readers to pay the price as well, and I won't do that to you.
As of now you can still freely comment on my blog without the word-verification hurdle. For blog posts over 5 days old, I moderate comments. This means that your comment doesn't get posted on my blog until I manually approve it. This again should take less than 30 minutes, as I get notifications on my phone. I decided to selectively moderate comments because spammers seem to zero in on certain older posts. Comments on blog posts newer than 5 days go straight through. I feel you have the right to immediately see what you've written, plus it's the best way to foster discussion.
I know there are other options and blogging platforms that handle spam comments better, but I'm not really thrilled about the monumental task of moving my blog. Life's too short, man. I have other things to do.
In talking with other bloggers, I know that I am in the minority here on my stance with word verification and I'm ok with that. I'll do my best to keep the spam out and the real comments in.
So if you see an occasional spam comment here, just know I'm on it. Or sleeping and will be on it as soon as I have some caffeine. Is that ok? Are we cool?