Hey, did you ever have a booger on your nose and walk around for a while before anyone told you about it? Maybe no one told you about it at all?
That's how I feel right now.
For some reason, I had Trackbacks enabled in my blogging software. So idiots all over the Internet were taking pot shots at my blog and adding their links to posts on my site without my explicit knowledge. I had barnacles all over the damn place. Damn!!!!
Shame on me.
I've disabled this cool feature on my site now. Furthermore, I've deleted all of the existing trackback data so the links to unscrupulous websites have been removed. I don't think there are ways to make evil links to my site now, outside of going through the steps to leave a comment. I suppose time will tell if I'm right.
Frankly, I'm surprized the search engines even ranked my site with all of these crap links on it. I ought to have paid more attention to who was reading/linking to my blog when it started getting popular.
I'd disable comments, but (a) I like getting them and (2) Scott Vandehey would say it isn't really a blog then.