One of my worst bad habits when using a computer is that I seem to have hands that move at the speed of lightning. I often get so used to clicking in a certain pattern, that I'm always finding myself closing tabs before I mean to. The most annoying problem I have with this, is when I leave a comment and go to click the "x", forgetting to wait and see if the blog requires word verification to post the comment. I read so many blog posts and leave so many comments each day, that even I have to admit that it gets annoying to have to fill in the little form for half the comments you leave. In past #bbloggers chats on Twitter, I've noticed a few bloggers mention that they don't like to leave comments on websites that still have the word verification turned on - which is another part of what prompted me to create this tutorial.
I don't really know why Blogger includes this feature as an automatic option for new blogs - It's one of my biggest blogging bug bears and I think it'd make more sense for bloggers to turn it on themselves if they require it or are receiving a lot of spam. Personally, I find the best option is to require the moderation of comments - that way I know that I never miss a comment from one of my lovely readers! I don't think I've ever received spam comments before, but it's nice to know I can delete one before it gets published. Though, on that note, I'd like to honestly say that I've been very lucky and never had to delete a single comment for spam, negativity or otherwise. I guess I just have some pretty awesome readers ;)
So, if you aren't quite sure how to turn off the word verification and would like to know how, I've created a step-by-step guide, complete with screen shots - and honestly it couldn't be simpler! :)
Step 1: Head to your Blogger Dashboard
Step 2: Click on Settings
Step 3: Select the Post and Comments section
Step 4: At the bottom of the page is the Show Word Verification option. Click the drop down menu and set it to "No"
Step 5: Don't forget to save your changes!
That's it! It really is so easy to do!
How do you feel about the word verification, do you like to keep it turned on? Was this tutorial helpful? Is there any other tutorial you'd like to see? Let me know!♥