A great speaking event… followed by an unpleasant surprise
A BIG thank you, to the Leisure Village West Genealogy Club!
I had a wonderful time yesterday speaking to the Leisure Village West Genealogy Club in Manchester, New Jersey. We had such fun Building a Family Through Circumstantial Evidence, using the Genealogical Proof Standard. What a great group!
This was my second time speaking to this particular club, and their questions are always wide-ranging and keep me on my toes. And it’s so nice to see so many people so enthusiastic about learning new things about genealogy. Thanks for inviting me back as a speaker, folks!
Followed by thanks for nothing, to the blog spammers…
But of course, no day is perfect, no matter how much we may want a perfect day.
When I got home last night, I discovered that the trickle of spam that affects any blog anywhere on the Internet had become a torrent. In one two-hour period, more than 400 spam comments were intercepted by the spam blocker I use.
I’ve been discovered, it seems, by an organized spamming operation out of Brazil.
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What was that again about a time-sink?