Note to My Blogger/Blogspot Friends

I’m on my soapbox, so please, don’t anyone take this personally.

As most of you know, even though you have your blogs set to be ‘word verification free,’ those of us with WordPress identities are still receiving that CAPTCHA box and are required to type in jumbled words or numbers. I almost always comment using my OpenID, which up until 6 to 8 weeks ago, worked perfectly without having to encounter the CAPTCHA box.

I am trying to find out why this is occurring and to see if there is a fix so we WP bloggers don’t have to type out those goofy, often illegible words. One source I found online said it was because OpenID does not provide third-party authentication to Blogger. I have no idea what that means. I am not a technical person.

I connected with WP Support yesterday and they suggested I use the name/URL option when commenting on Blogger. I just tried that and I still have to fill out the CAPTCHA box AND it does not use my Gravatar image that is familiar to my Blogger pals.

I do have a Google ID for mrsbearfoot, but one must be signed in to that account first before commenting.  I was – yet, as I just experienced, my  comment got deleted after I hit the publish comment button and then I was redirected to the comment box again that now showed my Google ID and no comment. I guess that lesson is to first go to the comment box, leave it blank, press the publish button and wait for the blank comment box to come up with my Google ID before writing my comment. Could it be any more complicated? UPDATE: I just tried this and it does not work. I cannot figure out how to get it to recognize my Google ID *before* commenting, even though I am signed in to my Google account.

I am frustrated.  I have A LOT of Blogspot bloggers who comment on my posts.  I want to be able to comment on theirs, but this is getting to be a major headache.

So, I will continue to attempt to comment on your posts but after 3 tries with no success, I will be waiting for another day to visit you. If I am not commenting with my typical OpenID, then you may see my Google ID. However, the link associated with that will probably direct you to the Google ID itself. There you can click on “My Web Page,” which will direct you here.

In the words of Roseanne Roseannadanna, “…it just goes to show you, it’s always something—if it ain’t one thing, it’s another.”

Stepping down from my soapbox now. If anyone has an easier fix, I’d love to hear it. :)

UPDATE as of December 23, 2014.  Per WordPress support: “Our team confirmed that we haven’t made any changes on this end that would affect how OpenID works on Blogger. After doing some additional digging, we found that Google is introducing new CAPTCHA features:

http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/are-you-robot-introducing-no-captcha.html

When I tested this out with my OpenID, that’s the new CAPTCHA that I’m seeing on Blogger, even when the blog has CAPTCHAs turned off. That’s a Google/Blogger feature, so it isn’t something WordPress.com can control from this end.”

Bridges, Fences, and a Gate

First, the bridges -

Eagle Creek Park Indianapolis, Indiana October 13, 2014

Eagle Creek Park
Indianapolis, Indiana
October 13, 2014

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This next group is from my archives (September 26, 2010) – the Hood River Bridge over the Columbia River at Hood River, Oregon. The slideshow shows the river boat, Queen of the West, navigating through the bridge (six images).

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Fences and a gate from northern New Mexico.

Linking to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Bridges.

and

TexWisGirl’s Good Fences #38.

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