Monday, July 4, 2011

Comments, Cookies, and Kooks

I've been pulling my hair out for weeks due to an internal “third-party cookie filtering error”. Sounds like a personal problem, right? Apparently, I am such a wiz at computer security, (coughs into kerchief-I've only blown three laptops in the past two years.) that I made it impossible for myself to leave comments on other blogs.

As we all know, if you don't seek out other bloggers and leave comments, then no one will reciprocate the love. Well, for the most of us anyway. There are those of you, and you know who are, who can insult the pope himself and still gain thirty followers a day. But alas, I'm not one of you.

Even as I was going through my emotional meltdown of the past month, I continued to read and search writer's blogs. But without the ability to say anything, I slowly oozed off the planet.

So, I posted a question on blogger's site asking why I could no longer post comments. Right direction, right? Wrong! I got an answer by a mean spirited, condescending techno geek. He told me all about my cookie sickness and suggested I go to his blog site to get the fix.

Well, I read page after page of insults aimed at us poor schleps that are so pathetic that we purchase our laptops and computers at places like Best Buy and Target, but are too stupid to do more than open the box. I found post after post telling me what my problem is, but advice on fixing it? Not hardly.

Then I Googled my question and lo and behold, got an answer. And I quote... “The fix is simple...Just unclick the “remain logged in” button and enter your username and password.” Posted by the remarkable Level 1, Mikhail Borgin on June 19, 2011. All hail, Mikhail!

And it WORKS! Yay! Back to reading and blogging!

My writing partner and I are still looking for a third or fourth, so if anyone wants to join in, we need ya! We'll read and answer your stuff pronto.


  1. Came across your site and certainly glad I did! You have a great wit and good style in your writing.
    Don't feel bad about the comment thing. If not for a super-nice fellow blogger, I wouldn't have ANY followers. (He explained widgets to me, which beforehand sounded like a part of the anatomy I'd rather not discuss)


  2. I still can't access certain blogs and I am yet to get an answer back from blogger. I am glad you could find a solution to your problem though.

  3. Oh, my. I'm glad you found a solution. I hate it when people assume we don't know anything. But in defense of (some) of the tekkies, some people really are technotards. Seriously. I've got four sons who've done tek support over the phone and the horror stories ...

  4. happy for you!!!
    i know how frustrating that can be!
    and happy fourth =)

  5. I feel your pain. I'm not tech-savvy but Google helps me figure things out for myself. That and good smart friends. I'm glad you sorted it out. Techie problems are migraine-inducing.

    ;) Happy 4th!

  6. I had to change my browser to Google Chrome in order to comment. I have no idea why, someone just told me to.
    I don't know why people are rude. Do they actually enjoy it?

  7. YAY! I'm technically challenged -- that's why I married an IT Professional. He fixes all my tech problems :)

  8. I, too, married an IT guy. I would be lost without him.

  9. @Murees If you are constantly being redirected to login onto google in order to comment, simply unclick the "remember me". If you can't login to the comment pages that popup as a full separate page, then you just need to adjust your settings on your blogger dashboard.
    Now, if

    @Lynda or @Christine will kindly ask your amazing IT men what exactly she needs to adjust she'll be much oblidged. Or possibly

    @Belle's solution will work?

    @Donna, @Tara, @Cherie and all...get off this computer and go watch some fireworks!

    Happy 4th Everybody!

  10. Hmm... I hate it when people do that. Be a genius, but for the love all that is holy, don't be condescending...

  11. I hate it when techs act all high and mighty like that, but as Bill Gates said, 'Geeks will inherit the Earth', so I suppose it's appropriate.

    Thankfully my husband is a very nice geek, and so I just go to him when I have problems so I don't have to deal with the mean ones that have joysticks up their asses.

    Oh, and if you're still looking for a partner I'm happy to oblige. I'll send you my first three chapters. :D

  12. Congratulations on figuring out the problem. It's a real shame that people can't just be helpful in answering such things, huh? When in doubt, go to Google, I suppose.

    Looking for critique partners? I'm always looking for fresh eyes to read work, and I love seeing what other people are doing. rlconnolly01 [at]

  13. @ Jasmine and @RosieC how exciting! OK I nearly spilt my coffee, but I'm under control again. Please send the first three chapters in body of email. My brilliant critique partner Gina White will peruse them as well and hopefully we fit. YAYAYAYAY!

  14. Grrrr... Techo geeks. They think they know everything. ;) Thanks for stopping by my blog! :D Nice to meet you!

  15. I'm with you about needing to comment in order for people to know we exist. There are the lucky few who don't, but I'm not one of them either.

    I can't fix much on my computer either. I'm not a big fan of anyone who looks down on people because they don't have the same expertise.

    Hail to Mikhail!

  16. Girl, you had such a bunch of stuff going on in your life recently that even if you didn't comment intentionally you would have been forgiven. It is amazing what blogger f**** up on a daily basis. So those techno-geeks better get their little butts in order.

  17. Hey you,

    Just wanted to make sure you got my email. I sent it yesterday. :)


  18. NICE POST! Well put. You have a fabulous blog! I want to award you with one of my homemade awards: Powerful Woman Writer Award for all the hard work you do!

    Go to and pick up your award.