Today I only have three rants. Well, four, if you count the fact that I’m rapidly approaching 1,000 days of posts without missing a single day and I’ve never been Freshly Pressed. If an infinite number of monkeys at an infinite number of typewriters given an infinite amount of time can produce the complete works of William Shakespeare, surely even an idiot like myself could hit pay dirt one time? Come on!!! Meanwhile I know a lot of people who have been there, done that, and within only a week of launching their blogs. Ah, the fortunate ones.
Feedback like “you suck” is really valuable. At least here in the Abyss. Actually, I commend them wholeheartedly for enforcing certain standards. If I was to be Freshly Pressed, I’m sure it would be like matter and anti-matter touching. It would destroy the universe as we know it. And practically no one wants that!
Anyway, I promised rants. Here we go.
The Reblog Feature is Back – and Broken
WordPress had a wonderful reblog feature that allowed blogs a courteous way to share the brilliance of other bloggers. The blog-o-sphere is supposed to have this social/share element, right?
Then one day it mysteriously disappeared.
Changes and stuffs is always afoot in the WordPress. You log on and find that things feel different. You’re never totally sure why. But you can sense it.
Then one day the reblog feature was back. Yeah!
But it wasn’t the same. The ability to reblog and save as a draft, so you could tweak things, was gone. The reblog automatically went live and pumped out an email to your subscribers with only a number in the subject line.
“Hey, everybody! Check out what I got in my inbox!”
[New Post] 11632. And it’s from Shouts From The Abyss. You know what? That sounds so interesting. I think I’ll click on it, open it open, and learn more!”
My Conversations Are Silent
When logged in to WordPress there is handy title bar that goes with you on your travels. In the top right, under a my name and a little icon of my avatar, is a drop down menu. On that menu there used to be a link that would let me view posts on other blogs where I had made comments.
It’s gone now.
I found that thing so handy for interacting with other folk. Now I spend my days interacting primarily with myself, if you know what I mean. Score one for sin courtesy of WordPress!
Seriously, though, I guess they felt that little notification icon counter was supposed to supercede the link, but it’s just not the same.
This is a case of a change leading me to interact less with other blogs.
Fail: Too much change.
Email Onslaught AKA One More Thing Not To Forget
Someone turned the auto checkbox on for “Notify me of follow-up comments via email.” This hasn’t gone over too well as far as I can see. Personally I hate it. Checkboxes on the internet are supposed to be opt-in. Not, “we’re shoving this down your throat unless you happen to notice.”
Let’s say I go visit a bunch of WordPress blogs and make some comments. You think that would make WordPress happy. But no!!
If I comment on 40 blogs that each get 25 replies that’s theoretically up to 1,000 emails stuffing my inbox. (This assumes I click on them all promptly like a good soldier.)
Fail: Do not want.
Tip: How To Reply To A Comment
Technically this isn’t a rant against WordPress. This is where I reward you, the faithful reader, for getting this far. Hopefully you’ll find this tip useful.
When I comment on someone’s blog it’s always to get a reply from the blogger to my comment. “Wow, the writer actually wrote me back!” It’s a thrill.
As that blogger, you’ll no doubt want the commenter to actually be aware of your graciousness. And there’s a little mistake some of you make.
If you reply to the comment using the built-in threading offered by WordPress, the commenter will automatically be notified that you did. (If they have their own WordPress blog. It will show up in the title bar in the notification icon.) All this means is that you use the reply function provide on the public side of your blog, just like a regular person would.
On the other hand, if you edit your comments into their existing comment, the person will not be notified. They’ll have no clue and you’ll likely feel hurt they didn’t appreciate your gesture of goodness.