Yesterday I spent 10 hours traveling from Virginia to Ohio to visit friends and family for the holiday. And generally when I visit family and friends, I try to cut the tether from my blog and spend my time catching up with loved ones.
But the drive is a different story. Typically I have about 5 hours of the drive riding in the passenger seat and searching for ways to pass the time. Like singing along with my playlist or staring up at the grill of the semi behind us. Or reading your blogs and attempting to leave feedback.
And then, in mid-comment, I hit a sad, sad snag. The dreadful CAPTCHA. Did you know that many mobile devices cannot successfully fill out the form? Like my iPhone. Every time I'm hit with a CAPTCHA form on my phone, I give up and discard my comment because the form will now allow me to leave the comment.
Now I get that there are spammers out there flooding innocent blogs with random links and propaganda of every type from websites and companies we've never heard of. But that's not my fault. And it's not the fault of any of your loyal readers. And quite frankly, wouldn't it be nice if your readers - who are taking 5 minutes of their day to leave you feedback - didn't have to pay the CAPTCHA price of spammers? Wouldn't it be nice if your readers could submit their feedback, smile happily when everything works, and leave your blog in a high note?
And from a purely selfish perspective, as a frequent mobile device user, PLEASE don't make me use CAPTCHA! If you're worried about spammers (just as I am), then require review and approval of each comment before it gets posted. That's what I do. And I rarely see spam.
So, from me to you, writing this plea from my phone, please make your blog mobile friendly and let me leave a comment. Cause I really want to.