Please scroll to the bottom for an update on how my problem was fixed!
This photo doesn’t have anything to do with my comments languishing in Spam Purgatory, but isn’t it an amazing sunrise? I took this picture exactly one month ago today, when I got up to let our dogs out. I’m an early bird, so I’ve seen a lot of sunrises in my life. But I don’t remember ever seeing one quite like this.
Okay, back to the topic — for the past week at least, I have tried to leave comments on several different blogs, most of them blogs that I have successfully left comments on in the past. But now my comments are disappearing as soon as I try to post them. I don’t even get the familiar notice saying that my comment is awaiting moderation. Just *poof* — my comment is gone. And when I check back later, it is still gone.
I believe I know what probably raised the alarm with Askimet, the WordPress spam controller. I will tell you what I did, so other serious bloggers can avoid doing the same thing. (Unless you really are a spammer, in which case, please stop.)
This is what I did right before I started having trouble: I changed my gravatar name twice within the past couple of weeks. Originally, my writing pen name was Linda Lee. But then I discovered that another Linda Lee has published some books on Amazon. My goal is to publish my memoir, hopefully before the end of this year, and to publish at least a couple of other books, as well. I don’t want people confusing me with the other Linda Lee, so I decided to use my Twitter name, Lady Quixote, all by itself, as my writing pen name.
After making this decision, I changed my gravatar name to Lady Quixote. But then people started referring to me as ‘Lady’ in their comments, even some of my old blogging friends, and that just felt weird. So finally I changed my gravatar name to Lady Quixote/Linda Lee, mainly to let my long time blogger friends know that it was me.
And that’s when my comments to Anna Waldherr of A Lawyer’s Prayer and A Voice Reclaimed, to Mitch Teemley, to Lauren at Lucky Otters Haven, to Paul Martin at My $.02, to The Bluebird of Bitterness blog, and to many other bloggers, stopped posting. 😦
I’m sorry, Askimet. Deeply regretful, WordPress. I promise to be good, en.gravatar! Really and truly, I do! Please get me out of Spam Purgatory. Please!
Any advice in the comments below would be most welcome. Thank you for stopping by. God bless. Here’s a great big grandma ((HUG)) if you want one. 💘💘💘
UPDATE 14 January: The problem is finally solved! First, I asked for help from WP customer service, but I got nowhere with them. Then, in a couple of the comments below, I was advised to contact Akismet: https://akismet.com/contact/
The morning after I sent my request for help, they sent me a form via email for me to fill out. I did, and within just a few minutes they had solved the problem. Now my comments are posting on other people’s blogs, and no longer going to spam purgatory. Yaaaay!!!!!!
Update February 20, 2022: As my memoir gets closer to being ready to publish, I have discovered that there are now two authors named Linda Lee publishing books on Amazon. On the advice of my husband, I have decided to change my pen name to: Linda Lee Adams/Lady Quixote.
But guess what… my comments are going straight to spam again! AUGH!!!!!