So, it appears I am having a bit of a WordPress meltdown today. Thought I had better whip up a quick post to explain. And apologize.
Several months ago I realized I was not getting all the emails I should have from WP. I have my blog set up to email me whenever someone leaves a comment, for example. And with a daily backup. I could never figure out what was going on and adjusted by not relying on the emails. I assumed they were forever lost in cyberspace or with the missing socks from the laundry.
I was wrong.
Starting last night the missing emails began arriving. First a few in dribs and drabs. This morning I awoke to 169 emails in my inbox. To say I was overwhelmed would be a bit of an understatement. Especially when I realized that mixed in with the administrator type of emails were some direct messages from readers that I have not previously received. And I cringed as I imagined them thinking I had just blown them off. I tried to find all those and respond, which probably thoroughly confused the recipients.
Then I heard worse news. From a poor reader (thank you, Ewa) who had 30 emails from my blog show up in her inbox. And I shook my head in disbelief and wonderment. Not the good kind of wonderment. The very bad kind of “how can this be happening” and “what am I going to do about it” wonderment.
And I heard from another reader (thank you, Michele). Who forwarded an email to me that she should have gotten in October. October.
So I suspect that many of you are sitting at your own computers today, much like I am, wondering what the heck is happening with my blog.
And I am sighing as I imagine all the times I responded to your thoughtful comments, thinking you would get that response as an email, but now realize that you might or you might not.
So the best I can do today is let you know that it’s not just you. It’s not your computer. I am pretty sure it’s not a virus. I know it’s not malware. What is it? I have absolutely no idea! If anyone out there can shed some light, please do!
And please accept my apologies for the confusion and inconvenience. For me, blogging should be my “happy place.” Yes, I do a lot of questioning and learning from my mistakes. But I want it to be about life, not technology!
P.S. I suspect that the contact form on my “Contact Me” page got caught up in all this craziness so I have removed that for now. The best way to reach me is to, ironically, leave a comment on my blog, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am fairly sure this is a WordPress and not a gmail issue. But who knows! Next step, calling my host. Sigh.
P.P.S. If I learn more I will come back and update this post. Otherwise, it is back to posting as usual but not sure what day that will be now. Look for it!
P.P.P.S. Please let me know if you ever experience any other strange issues with my blog. I never know you are being impacted until someone fills me in.
Update: So it appears that being hosted on a shared server has something to do with emails getting caught up in a queue that might or might not have been released when I upgraded WP this past weekend, and blah blah blah crone job something or other yada yada yada over my non-techy head. No guarantees this won’t happen again. Fingers crossed. But at least I now know that if I am missing emails in the future it is likely not an unsolvable WP problem that I ignore, but something I should call my host about. Onward.