me my blog.
Apparently I jinxed myself with my last post title: “… and the blogging is easy.” I
stupidly unintentionally threw it out there into the universe and had a big brick come flying back and hit me upside the head. Seems I fell victim to another blogging meltdown. Which has me hanging my (aching) head, abashed, as I come here to both apologize and explain. Please read on.
First, some background.
I respond to probably 90% of the comments you leave on my posts. I love comments:) I love my readers. I love conversations and the exchange of words. Love it all. So I had a feature on my blog that was supposed to send an email to a commenter whenever I (or anyone) posted a reply. The operative words here are “supposed to.” Because apparently any email from my blog might end up temporarily lost in cyberspace. So, lo and behold, it turns out that some of you have been getting those emails some of the time and some of you, not so much. There I was, responding to your thoughtful comments and there you were, maybe with no idea.
And then, bam! The floodgates mysteriously unleashed (a few days ago) and for some of you the missing emails showed up en masse in your inbox. Those emails were written and generated as long ago as last Spring!
Second, my confession.
As to why I am red-faced and abashed… I knew this might happen one day. I hoped not, and I chose to hide my head in the proverbial sand and cross my fingers and pretend all was well with my blog world. But I should have known better because several months ago something similar happened (which I hope you will read about here) and I never did figure out why. I am not a techy person and unfortunately there is no helpful “expert” sitting on the other end of a phone-line to answer my many questions about WordPress. And the tech support for my host (GoDaddy, boo hiss) mostly leaves me wanting to pull out my hair (or rant on Twitter). So I crossed my fingers (and my toes and my eyes) and just hoped that the “Waisting Time Mass Email Debacle” was a one time deal. Clearly it was not. And I am truly sorry for the inconvenience and bewilderment I caused many of you:(
Third, the resolution.
I have spent hours trying to figure this out. Why it happened. How to fix it. What will keep it from happening again. All to no avail.
So I am going to take some steps I would prefer not to take, so that, if nothing else, I can at least hopefully prevent you from getting another email avalanche thanks to yours truly.
I have started disabling several features of my blog in hopes that one of them is causing all this and that shutting it off will make the problem disappear. Magically. The first thing to go was the option for you to subscribe to follow up comments at the end of each post. (However, if you do want to subscribe to comments, there is a link to the RSS feed under the admin stuff on my sidebar.) I’m also no longer using my favorite feature that will automatically send you an email reply to comments you leave. Which makes me very sad. Because, as I explained above, I love the conversation that comes with blogging and I love your comments. But I will still be responding so you can always check back here to see what I said:) And, my goal is to send a manual email as well, but I started trying that already and it requires multiple steps in multiple places and I’m pretty sure that negates my “summertime and the blogging is easy” paradigm.
Unless I see an immediate improvement (which I hopefully should be able to tell by counting the emails I personally get from my blog), I will also eventually have to remove the threaded comments feature, sob, and all the other bells and whistles. It will be a work in progress, much like me, so I hope you will be patient and hang in here with me.
And please, please don’t stop commenting!
And don’t worry, it’s not contagious.
And if anyone has any ideas for me as to what happens to the missing WordPress emails and how I can fix this, I’m all ears! Throw all the light on the subject you can!
Gotta love technology… when it works.