$1.12

That’s the amount of my current electric bill. I really must be a cheap bastard because the last electric bill I received was in February. It was an estimate (around $150) and so I paid it in full. I apparently used much less than what they had assumed because I didn’t even get a bill for the month of March. And now two months later my bill is only a buck.

What a waste to have to pay $1.12…they should have just tacked it on to next month’s bill. At least I do on-line banking – otherwise I would have had to pay around 30% more than the cost of the actual bill in postage alone.

I saw this funny adverstisement for the Verizon yellow pages on the subway yesterday. The catch-phrase was “Sox and Shoes” and the ad was Boston-focused. It showed the legs of a man in a Red Sox uniform and white socks….but he was wearing 6 inch red high-heels. That’s rather bold….I like when advertisers take risks.

…and speaking of risks. I’m considering doing what many other bloggers have done by requiring people to “sign in” to place comments on here. For some reason, now that I’m on this new web-server, the spam comments I’m getting are increasing by the day. I came in this morning to find 51 emails notifying me of comments…every single one of them spam.

The risky part is that I’m not getting as many comments as I used to (whether because people were frustrated with my former S-L-O-W server, or because the blogging fad is coming to an end, or….even worse….my posts are so boring people have ceased to read). Anyway I don’t want to do anything to further discourage readers and commenters.

Thoughts?

6 Comments

  1. Comment by Mark on April 28, 2006 10:04 am

    Hm, I think you should do whatever you need to prevent spamming. I’m often amazed that I don’t have spam posts to my livejournal, which doesn’t require authentication (for now) to comment. It could be because they have some measures in place to prevent sites like Google from indexing it that it has stayed off the radar..

  2. Comment by Dave in Chicago (2) on April 28, 2006 10:11 am

    *Will comment for sexual favors*

  3. Comment by Doug on April 28, 2006 10:34 am

    Im still waiting for the sordid details from your Ptown trips….you know the stuff after the shopping and eating etc….

  4. Comment by karyn on April 28, 2006 11:52 am

    I share your frustration with the Spammalot movement. I had to turn verification on for both my times and vexed sites because the amount of spam is absolutely APPALLING. The problem, IMHO, is not that blogging is losing momentum but that it is gaining it and the a*holes of the world have found a way to tap into the world of Blog by using the comment option to promote their own useless shit. Turn on the verification; you know I’ll comment anyway (take more than that to shut me up!). And for the record, I’ve not been commenting b/c I am reading snippets of your blog in between the great Toddler Diarrhea Epidemic of 2006 here. I haven’t time for shit; or, more correctly, that’s ALL I have time for of late. Mwah.

    And yes. You are ferociously cheap. But at least you stick with it. 😉

  5. Comment by Will on April 28, 2006 4:38 pm

    I suspect that you don’t want the spam under any circumstances. I don’t think “the blogging fad” is coming to an end but the natural life of a blog seems to be something like two or three years, then the blog goes silent. But new blogs are being started by the minute.

    I think the people who read you and are really nterested in you are also used to typing in chains of letters that look like words in Welsh or Finnish or Czech.
    Protect yourself from the spam, that’s the major annoyance of life these days.

  6. Comment by Veselka Slut on May 1, 2006 12:04 pm

    v1a&ra – $5.0
    WE))ButR!N – $3.0
    member enlongement – $50.

    Greetings,

    I am president and first minister of the first bank of NIGERIA, most exalted greetings to you. I have been most recommended to you for your assistance in completing a banking matter which may be most advantageous to you and your good family. . .

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