I'm having an angry C.O.W.* moment.
Google has decided that we need to add an extra layer of security to the commenting process on our blogs. No more single word verification, with funky words that invite funkier definitions. Now we have this:
Can you read that first word? I can't. Talk about a PIA! My eyes are old, my brain is feeble, and I'll thing twice about leaving a comment if it means having to decipher that hot mess. Bah, humbug and phooey.
Given a choice between putting up with the spam, or making people do that -- especially those of you who do your bloggy reading first thing in the morning or last thing at night -- I choose the former. Sometimes you just need to let your inner C.O.W. out & take a stand.
* C.O.W. Cranky Old Woman (with props to Nancy, for having brought the Cult of the C.O.W. to blogland).
Addendum: Lori, at Humble Quilts suggested just turning off the word verification requirement by doing this:
Go to Dashboard, settings, comments, scroll down this page until you find word verification- fill in the NO bubble. Click "save settings" at the bottom of the page.
Of course this leaves you open to potential spam. You can avoid having spam show up automatically on your blog by turning on comment moderation (same page as shown above). This won't protect you from receiving spam, but it will allow you to dump it before it shows up on your blog page.