I and a few others have reported a sudden problem with obviously fake subscriptions/followers, and at least two of us have noted a concordant significant increase in spam comments. Please see:
WordPress followers (mine)
Sudden Increase in FOLLOWERS
fake email subscribers
The first two topics have been closed with no explanation, and the third has been marked resolved despite continuing questions from several people about the explanation given. I am bringing up the issue in a new topic, as I suspect support staff are not monitoring the previous topic anymore since it was marked resolved and are, thus, unaware of our follow up questions.
The blog I need help with is beetlesinthebush.wordpress.com.