Long story short.
I had to disable all my plugins for an unrelated tech issue.
When I re-abled my WP Stats plugin I copied the number in the Askimet and plugged it into WP Stats. I had forgotten that the number was initially added by my former designer about six years ago (since then I have been using my own API).
So, I get this error message: "The API key "af57REMOVED6" belongs to the WordPress.com account "renderpro". If you want to use a different account, please enter the correct API key.
Note: the API key you use determines who will be registered as the "owner" of this blog in the WordPress.com database. Please choose your key accordingly. Do not use a temporary key.
Add blog to WordPress.com account
This blog will be added to your WordPress.com account. You will be able to allow other WordPress.com users to see your stats if you like. button to Add blog to Account"
I then tried "If you want to use a different account, please enter the correct" to click the link. The page refreshes but does not offer a a space to add my API key.
I then tried to a click the "Add blog to WordPress.com" button.
And I get this error message.
The owner of that API Key (renderpro) is not on the access list for this blog (10REMOVED0). To be added to the access list, you must contact support.
Error from last API Key attempt:
I have contacted support and have exchanged a dozen emails. Mostly they just keep telling me to do the same things I described above.
I have also tried reinstalling the plugin, logged in using different browsers, changed the Askimet API to my number. Nothing works. Any help at all is appreciated.