Frosty rooftop in Racine, WI at the end of March, 2010

Rooftops and lawns were dusted with frost here this morning. March is apparently going out like the most handsome animal: a Silver Panther.

We’re expecting temperatures around 70°F. for Thursday and Friday.

Now on to the real business at hand. In order to claim my blog at Technorati, I have to put the following code into a published post: KQPUJZT6AAWG

Annoying, I know — but they’re trying to filter out fake spam blogs and zero in on authentic, high-quality content like this right here.

Have an awesome day!


Technorati tells me:

Mar 30, 2010. We are evaluating your claim. It may take quite some time for evaluation.

I love computers.

Next, there’s this email:

Thank you for submitting your blog claim on Technorati. Unfortunately, we have encountered a problem reading your site’s data. Please log into and go to to update any necessary site information and continue the claim process.

And this message in my account:

Mar 30, 2010. We could not find the claim token in any posts in your feed. Please make sure that you have entered it correctly in a post body and that the token appears in the feed whose URL you have given us.

Aha — my feed! Well, Technorati, you should have specified feed in your instructions. Now I have had to add the code to the excerpt that goes out in my feed, ping the feed once more, and have Technorati check it all over again.

After doing all that, I get this:

Mar 30, 2010. We have successfully crawled your blog and found the claim token, and your claim is now awaiting review.

These are the sorts of thrilling activities which fill my every day. I hope I pass the audition.

Update, 1:02 p.m.:

Okay, so I saw that someone from the Philippines just looked at my blog’s front page via a Technorati claim link. Over at, there’s a new status message regarding my claim to my own blog:

Mar 30, 2010. The supplied description is inadequate, or does not seem to match the content of the site. Please update your claim with an appropriate description below and choose the “Update Description” button.

Here is my inadequate, mismatched, inappropriate description of my blog:

I’m a Web designer and writer in Racine, Wisconsin, between Chicago and Milwaukee — a lover of food, music, writers, movies, TV, gardening, travel, news, mythology, cultures, technology, and social media.

It’s a pretty accurate description, if I do say so myself (and I do). To adjust it and make it even more more appropriate, I change the phrase “a lover of” to “blogging about.”

Now I get this message:

Mar 30, 2010. We have successfully crawled your blog and found the claim token, and your claim is now awaiting review. You may now remove the claim token from your feed.

Uh, no I can’t. This absurd new Technorati claim process has taken on a life of its own and I am determined to see it through to the bitter end. Keep in mind that Technorati has no problem listing my exact same blog at its previous domain with basically the same description that is now insufficient at the new domain.

And to think that this post originated with morning frost.

Now it’s 50°F. outside. The frost is off the lawn and in my blogging blood.

Update, 1:22 p.m.:

I am victorious! This email message just arrived:

Congratulations, your claim is now complete! Please allow 24 to 48 hours for Authority and recent posts to begin showing for your site now that it has been successfully claimed. Once they are there, we will update your site’s Authority once per day.

At first you may not see your site listed in the Technorati Blog Directory for all of the categories you’ve selected. As you write blog posts around those topics, you should see your Topical Authority in those categories begin to rise.

I am exhausted but giddy. Never give in.

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