Blog updates

I’ve made a few improvements to my blog recently. Read below to find out more


This blog is now gravatar enabled. Gravatar is short for “globablly recognized avatar.” An avitar is a small picture that is used to identify a specific poster on a blog or forum. My gravitar looks like this:

Paul Pehrson gravatarYou’ll see the gravatars in the comments section of this blog. When you submit a comment, story there is now a check box below the submit button that, order if checked, will allow you to upload a gravatar to This will work for all gravatar-enabled sites.

Here’s how it works: you submit a gravatar at Whenever you fill in a gravatar-enabled comments form and use the e-mail address associated with your account, your gravatar will be shown. Your e-mail address is safely stored in a database and isn’t ever publicly available. (I hate computer SPAM as much as the rest of you!)

So, if you are interested, create a gravatar today. As soon as it is approved, it will appear next to any comments you make in this (and many other) blog(s).

The gravatar plugin “Gravatar Signup” is provided by

Comment authentication

There was a security hole in the blog software that allowed users to submit a comment using the e-mail address of a registered member, including the blog administrator. That means if you knew and used my e-mail address in your comment form, the blog would assume you really were me.

I’ve implemented’s “Impostercide” plugin to prevent this. You don’t have to log in to post a comment unless you try to use the e-mail address of a registered blog member. If the e-mail you try to use belongs to a blog member, you’ll be prompted to log in before making your comments.

Subscribe to this blog

Back in January I added the ability to subscribe to this blog. However, due to a bug, when you subscribed to the blog, you received 10 identical subscription notification messages. A new version of the plugin is out, and now when you subscribe to the blog you only get ONE subscription notification message.

This plugin is also brought to you by none other than the folk(s) at, and is implemented as the Subscribe2 plugin.

If you haven’t subscribed to this blog, I encourage you to do so. You can read more about subscription options here. A subscription option is shown to non-logged-in users below. (Logged in users will see a link to their profile to modify their subscription settings.)

4 responses to “Blog updates”

  1. Hi, Paul,

    thanks you for commentin in my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ And in portuguese!! That was very cool! Oh, and between the two of us here, the secret I mentioned in that specific post was that I sent a special gift to my ex-husband on his first day at the new job, with a very nice card. The job in question and what it symbolizes is very important to him and the gift + card made it even more special and touched him deeply. I was glad I was able to do that. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Take care,


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