My Little Corner Of The Interwebz

With the return of the sun to the northern hemisphere an uptick in people following my blog has occurred.

Hello, and welcome to you all. **waves**

My sense of humour is occasionally much better than this, and occasionally much worse

My sense of humour is occasionally much better than this, and occasionally much worse

(not counting the obvious spam-a-lots, and dubious ‘follows’ that are just a weird collection of letters with outlook.com at the end. (anyone else getting a bunch of those lately?) C’mon spammers, you can do better than that … probably best not to give them any ideas though)

What I thought I’d do is provide a mini ‘glossary’ of things for newcomers who might be wondering what I’m talking about.

-oOo-

First of all – the ‘Widds’ Collection

Widdershins, Widder, Widds – That’s me. I answer to all three. When I started venturing out into the baby interwebz last century, ‘Widdershins’ was the username I picked for myself, and it stuck.

Mrs Widds – The delightful woman I’m married to. (yep, marriage has been legal for lesbians and gays here in Canada since 2004) We met online and I moved from Australia to Canada so we’d be together. (it wasn’t the snow, really, well it was partly the snow, but I’ll never admit that in polite society!)

Widder Island – I live in a small community on a little island in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada … which is in the middle of …

Widder Lake – I live on an island in the middle of a lake! How cool is this!

A couple of years before Mrs Widds and I moved here a young woman drowned in the lake and her friends put up this seat in her honour. Mrs Widds and I have sat there many an evening watching the sun set and sipping our beverages of choice

A couple of years before Mrs Widds and I moved here a young woman drowned in the lake and her friends put up this seat in her honour. Mrs Widds and I have sat there many an evening watching the sun set and sipping our beverages of choice

We used to have a cranky old cat, (Widder Cat) but she died a few years back and so we were adopted by …

Coco the Community Cat – Coco, who recently featured in my ‘David Attenborough stealth mode’ post actually lives across the way with her primary staff-person, but has acquired a collection of subsidiary residences along our end of our little road, whom she regularly visits for BBQ’s and cuddles and naps.

We don’t feed her, because, hey she’s got three other households who do, but we do provide the bestest cuddles and comfy safe places to nap, and the snipping of dreadies (bits of matted fur) that form in her gorgeous long, very long, fur. (which she kindly leaves over everything so we don’t forget about her when she’s not here)

Her little companion is Mirabeau – an occasional visitor to the camera frame

Her little companion is Mirabeau – an occasional visitor to the camera frame

And last, but by no means last …

The Winter Tree (also the Summer, Autumn, and Spring, Tree – depending on the time of year) – is a wonderful maple tree in our front yard who has featured in assorted seasonal posts wherein I grumble about the heat or squee about the snow.

Because of the late start to spring this year, (just about everywhere in the northern hemisphere) she’s only just pulled on her scarlet regalia, and there is a gap where the ice storm of last winter deprived her of two major branches, which gives her a rather ‘interesting’ look.

Room to grow into

Room to grow into

If there’s anything I’ve left out please let me know and I’ll endeavour to explain as we go along.

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34 comments on “My Little Corner Of The Interwebz

  1. Wonderful recap – I knew most of this in bits and pieces, except for the fact that you moved from Australia.

    I, too, have a bunch of #$%^&*(.outlook.com…? You can’t call them visitors, because they are not really there, and they never comment (assuming they are ghosts). Someone said they come and go. I worried I’d gotten caught in a spam loop.

    Should we report them? They mess up the stats (ours, anyway). Do you have Akismet monitoring your comments like I do?

    Liked by 3 people

    • Ralph says:

      Read my comment Alice 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • I have a lot of followers and several sites – that would take far too much time. Any particular one I may delete, but I don’t see me policing a non-working system. I’ll wait for them to fix it.

        Liked by 1 person

        • Ralph says:

          Sorry that I called you Alice, Alicia. And I am sorry that I cannot follow your blogs. From you have said, you are leaving the outlook spam in your followers. Goodness knows what this infestation is doing to your blogs and to other followers you may have. I have learnt over the years to house clean my blog constantly. Once I approved one anonymous comment and got dozens of spam in my notifier. Since then I am rigorous in keeping my blog and Gmail clean. All these Outlook emails I’ve put straight into spam. On reading the outlook thread in the WordPress forum Staff are stumped and it will be a while until they have a fix, if ever. So it is up to us to spread the word and clean up our own blogs.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Okay – then remove all the outlook.com followers? They don’t comment, probably because they aren’t people.

            I can do that once, and then watch for the batches that show up with ‘likes’ – and remove those as they appear.

            I only approve comments after a bit of a search, especially if they are short.

            Even some people in Mexico call me ‘Alice’ (I don’t know why) – I don’t take offense, but use it to remind myself to pay attention to such preferences as Lynda vs. Linda. Or James vs. Jim.

            The one I really dislike is having people refer to me by ‘Alicia Ehrhardt’ – who doesn’t exist. It’s in a couple of reviews – and I don’t correct it there either. But I tell my kids if they see that as a signature, they know immediately it’s a fake! And no, I’m not related to Amelia EARHART.

            I go off to delete followers. Will be more diligent in the future – thanks for taking the time to explain. Maybe Akismet doesn’t catch them BECAUSE they don’t comment?

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          • None of the outlook.com ‘people’ followed; they just appeared as likes.

            I never follow back – I don’t follow unless there has been enough of an intriguing conversation for me to know I might like someone’s blog, and I never click on any links in comments.

            Any other suggestions?

            I went through the last two years of followers – nothing particularly dodgy looking.

            Appreciate suggestions for keeping things clean. Here my own lack of interest in such things as plugins and mailing lists is probably helpful – I just don’t have the energy to explore how to use them – someone set me up once and I found it horrible, and deleted it all long ago (years).

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    • Widdershins says:

      Yep, I have Akismet, but it doesn’t seem to see these ‘addresses’ as spam.
      I did check in with the forum when they first started showing up and WordPress said they were ‘working on it’ … whatever that means. Ralph’s suggestion is a good one, but until WP actually changes an algorithm somewhere, they’ll keep on popping up.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Ralph says:

    I have got the outlook followers Widdershins. Easily removed. Click on My Site on the black bar. Click on people. Click on email followers and remove all weird email addresses. Hope that helps. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

  3. jenanita01 says:

    You forgot to mention that you are a wonderful friend to have, and that you have a penchant for all manner of interesting posts!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Roda says:

    Lovely post!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. I, too, have been receiving a lot of those questionable followers lately. Thanks, Ralph. I will take a look. And thanks, Widder for the little recap!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Olga Godim says:

    I got quite a number of new followers lately too, although I didn’t pay attention to their emails. I should check them out.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Widdershins says:

      It’s never a good idea to open up, or check out anything that looks ‘spammy’ directly. If I have any doubts I do a google search. For example a strange phone number – I type the number into the search engine and if it’s spammy, odds are there’ll be a thread where people have had the same experience.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Olga Godim says:

    Oh, dear! All those new followers are xxx@outlook.com. Is it spam?

    Liked by 2 people

  8. I like the Tree’s new look. The cut is quite fetching. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Jay says:

    Such a happy family!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. M.E. Garber says:

    Yay! I, too, have had an “outpouring” of outlook.com “subscribers.” Very annoying. Why, I wonder…WHY?

    Anyway, nice posting! Neither did I know the “from Australia” part. As for the tree, well, it made it through another winter, and hopefully it will outgrow its “new look” soon. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

    • Widdershins says:

      It’s not personal, that’s the good, and bad, news. Someone, somewhere has generated a list and sold it to someone else who does this sort of thing … maybe to boost ratings, who knows the mindset of these idiots?

      The Summer Tree – it allows a bit more sunlight to get through to the flower garden underneath, so the plants are happy. 😀

      Like

  11. I’ve been getting a lot of outlook.com followers lately myself. I’m always happy to have new followers, but are they actually robots or spammers? Haven’t received any strange emails as of yet.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Widdershins says:

      They’re just a bunch of spammy wankers. One of the less salubrious oddities of the interwebz.
      Probably trying to play a numbers game, increase their ‘ratings’ or some such tommyrot 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Tish Farrell says:

    That is one cat with queenly attitude. I think I’d might need to curtsey in her presence.

    Liked by 1 person

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