Yesterday I blogged about storm chasing contractors who arrived in my neighborhood in the Binghamton, NY area, with a brightly decorated mobile home and pickup truck, all ready to give the homeowners free estimates - and claiming that "We have determined that the complete cost of [their] services in your neighborhood will be, in most cases, fully covered by homeowners insurance".
Today, I came home from work and signed onto Facebook (the Ultimate Blog Challenge page) and found that several people had tried to comment - and were unable to. I want to thank them for their time, and for taking more time to post on the Ultimate Blogger page.
One person said in part " However, what those people don't say is that if you use the services, even if the deductible is waived, your insurance costs can go up phenomenally. That's the real cost." I think that, and a comment that did get onto my blog, cut to the heart of the matter.
What I now want to report is what I learned when I spoke to my insurance agent today. My homeowners insurance is with a major national company. My agent said my company does not have any such arrangement with anybody to have deductibles waived if I have such company do storm repair work on my house. She said the firm I wrote about yesterday might be legit, but she suggested I might want to call the police.
Today, when I came home from work, the mobile home and the pickup truck I saw yesterday were not there.
So now I know I did not overreact. I'm glad I had good instincts in this matter - and that many people out there experienced what I experienced yesterday. Irene has been a good teacher.
And, for a minute, I want to address the commenting issue with Blogger.
I could write an entire series on my trials and tribulations with Blogger. Let's see, there was the couple of days no one could post, right in the middle of a blogging Blogathon requiring you to post each day. There was the upgrade to Firefox where I had to switch to a different browser to post. There was the couple of days I couldn't upload photos. Those - they only inconvenienced me. But this time I am very embarrassed. My readers were inconvenienced. I had people who wanted to communicate with me, and they couldn't.
Commenting is the lifeblood of a blog. It's the possibility of two-way communication with readers that makes blogging special. (and yes, it does make you feel good - well, usually.) I'm not sure I solved the commenting problem but it seems a couple of comments have been able to get through. And I was able to post on my blog after signing out. If you tried to post yesterday, please see the apology I put in yesterday's commenting section.