Strange Happenings in BlogLand

Day 323

Yesterday I received a message from a friend who follows my blog. She said she had to quit reading my blog online because every time she did, she received this message:

IMG_5694A few things at play here. First of all, I had my blog set up to only send an excerpt of my blog to the email. That means the reader must go to my blog to actually read the update. Secondly, I did a quick bit of research and it did not take long to discover this is a scam trying to get people to click on whatever sleazy thing they have going on.

The thing I am not sure of is where this comes from. I thought it might be a browser hijack. The suggestions online were to clear the browser history and just ignore the message. Well, that sounds well and good, but those types of messages are annoying and the chance of accidentally clicking are ever-present.

So, in the interim, I updated my blog settings to send the entire blog to the email so it can be read in its entirety there. Not an ideal solution because I can get windy at times. The other downside is that this impacts my stats showing me how many people visit my blog and if they read the post. Anyone have any hints to share?

Then, this morning I was surprised there were no comments on the blog I wrote yesterday. I always preview my blog before posting, but I did not think to look at it once published. It seems the ‘allow comments’ setting was unticked. This is the second time this has happened and unfortunately went unnoticed.

I generally write my blogs on my iPad over my morning coffee. On the WordPress app, I do not recall seeing a way to change this setting per blogpost. To rectify this, I pulled out my laptop and edited the blogpost and sure enough, the comment box was unticked.

I also wrote about some blogs I follow falling out of WordPress reader. I only had to go back to the blog and unfollow and refollow to set things straight again.

After reading lots of posts where people are having difficulty with the Gutenberg editor on WordPress, I am not anxious to introduce even more problems. I will stick to things as they are.

Moving my blog is still on my radar, but ughh – not looking forward to that either.

How’s YOUR Monday?





17 thoughts on “Strange Happenings in BlogLand”

  1. I noticed that there was no comments allowed on a couple of your posts. I thought you had just removed the option, to be honest.
    I won’t use Gutenberg until I have absolutely no other option!
    As for the phone scam, I have never looked at any blogs on a phone. I need a bigger screen. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. I am on Blogger where from time to time there is also a ghost mixing in ! and then suddenly it went normal again and I had done nothing ! Good luck !

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    1. Yes, strange things do happen from time to time. I much prefer predictable software. Unfortunately it is not always so predictable. Thank you for stopping by.


  3. I have never seen that window, and I read more often on my phone than on a laptop. I usually just ignore those things. I am running a mobile anti-malware thing, maybe that actually works.

    As for Gutenberg, I have suspended my attempt to use it until I can find a compatible theme that works for it and me.

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    1. I saw some rather contentious ‘discussions’ between some engineers and customers about Gutenberg. There are some future plans for WordPress evidently which require this type of architecture.

      I wondered if this came about because of the popularity of the Divi theme from Elegant themes? I used it many times, and still use it. Unfortunately, it makes going to another theme difficult because it could mean an entire formatting rebuild.

      Most people who write for a living do not want to fuss with format. When web design went from a coding mentality to a drag and drop mentality, so much was lost.

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      1. We used a block-base theme on our company website. Then, they stopped updating and one day, our site looked like something the dog ate and didn’t like. We did an emergency rewrite and then set out on an exercise to rebuild. Thankfully it isn’t a bog site and it’s not interactive.

        I was following the GitHub project(s) for Gutenberg for several weeks, but it’s chaotic, and there seems to be a lot of disagreement. It’s hard to tell who’s driving the bus. I posted several questions and a few ideas. Some were met with nice, professional, informative comments. Some were deleted without any response.

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        1. I am currently watching some of the videos from Matt Mullenberg on the future of WordPress. I am interested in Phase 2 and Phase 3 rollouts. Those clinging to the old editor may well be seen as dinosaurs. It is clear they are moving toward the needs of developers and integrators.


  4. Oh dear. There are so many people having so many problems. I’m sorry you’re among them. Annoying. For quite a long time, I had a warning across mine, like if you wanted to read it, some thing on certain phones would pop up on the screen and warn of its inappropriate nature. While it’s not a Nice Lady Blog, I don’t think it needed a warning. It is on the internet, after all O_O

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