Saturday, March 31, 2007

What on earth do they think I WRITE???

(deep breath.... commence rant...)

Oh, my. This is really embarrassing AND maddening.
Hopefully I will eventually find it funny.
I just spent the last hour or so TRYING to install one of those "Recent Readers" widgets from "My BlogLog".
Earlier this afternoon, when I visited Morgen, he said it was "easy" and showed me how to do it (on his computer).
"Ok," I thought. "That doesn't look too bad. I can do that."
I HATE it when people say "Oh, that's easy," and when I try it, I end up wishing for the sweet release of death instead.
I've spent the last hour fussing around with HTML and color choices and junk, wondering why it WASN'T WORKING for me. I also noticed that my screen looked somehow quite different from the one Morgen had.
I was SO frustrated, just about to the point of tears.
"I'm not stupid," I kept saying to myself. "So why can't I figure this out?"
Well, after about an hour, I noticed that the widget I wanted was actually UNAVAILABLE to me, because...
Get this...
Are ya ready?
They think I'm an ADULT SITE.
There was this message at the top of the page:
"We are not currently offering the Recent Readers widget for adult sites. If you believe you have been labeled an adult site by mistake, please email our customer service and let them know you are not an adult site."
Y'know, there are blogs out there that are a LOT more "Rated-R and Beyond" than my humble little blog here, and THEY have those widget thingies. So there's no way I should be labeled as an "adult site."
What made them THINK that?????? I don't even SWEAR that often, except when annoying stuff like this happens!
Needless to say, I sent them an email stating my case, and am hoping to hear back from them very, very soon.
How embarrassing!
An hour of frustration, all for nothing!

(Note: That's not REALLY what I e-mailed them, but I wanted to....)
If this would've happened tomorrow, I'd have suspected perhaps it was some sick April Fools' joke!


Desert Songbird said...

I got dubbed with this label months ago (HUH?!), wrote them two e-mails, and they've never written me back. WTF?!

Soooooo, I used my photoblog as an alternative blog site link, got the widget installed there, and then copied the code over to my regular blog. Mind you, it shows identical visitors on both sites, but I don't care - I've sidestepped the "black list" - bwahahahaha!

Janna said...

Desert Songbird: Oh, no!! They've ignored your e-mails for MONTHS??? WTF?? I don't even have an alternate blog to copy code from, so your clever alternate route won't work for me! Dammit...

Lizza said...

Yep, I think the raccoon-dog picture was probably the culprit. :-D

I hope you get your widget thing soon, Janna.

Mr. Fabulous said...

It happened to me too, but I wrote them and they fixed it in about a week.

Behold the Power of Fab!

Danielle said...

I am glad to see my pic in your widget example. MyBlogLog give Janna the damn widget already so says I.

Lynda said...

I think it is because Fab comments here.

Janna said...

Lizza: I wonder which one turned me in, the raccoon or the dog? :)

Mr. Fab: If only I had your powers of persuasion!

Danielle: Amen, sister!

Lynda: LOL! :) The irony, of course, is that HE has that widget in his OWN sidebar on both his blogs.

Travis said...

That's just nuts!!

Oh wait...could such an innocuous comment as "nuts" be the reason you can't get the widget thingy?

Wait...widget thingy...that sounds kind of adult and naughty too.

You know, there's just too many innuendos on this site for me. I'm shocked!

Hang in there! I'm sure the idiot who gave your site that adult label doesn't work every day.

Morgen said...

It's the Pen Porn!

That and the raccoon humping the dog was up on the front page when you applied...

Janna said...

Travis: I know. It's really frustrating. So far they've just ignored me, which makes it all the more frustrating.

Morgen: If they're a prude about raccoon pictures, I can think of a dozen other blogs they should REALLY be having problems with. And yet all those other blogs HAVE this damn widget I want! WTF????

Turnbaby said...

LOL oh my

It might have been that raccoon

or maybe the fact that Matt-man visits you decide

Love the new look btw

Janna said...

Turnbaby: I can't believe they'd have such a fit about a raccoon picture...? Hopefully it's just some SNAFU on their part, but here it is three days later and they're still ignoring my e-mails...

Irish Church Lady :) said...

Hope you get it sorted out! You've got a funny blog here!

Janna said...

Irish Church Lady: Hi! Thanks for stopping by! Yes, I did finally get it all sorted out. :)