Remembering Why I Retired and Some Advice

Warning: Non Geek Types May Suffer Eyes Glassing Over

As many of you may know, I had a career in IT. I started as an intern working in an IT shop on an Army base in Alaska. I was one of a few women in the field, but my manager was a glass ceiling breaking black woman who was the first of many women who revealed what women were capable of in the work place. My daily mentors were predominately men, who were kind and generous with their knowledge.

After 40 years in the field and experiencing many downsizing and right sizing reorganizations, I left the field to teach art to an underserved population and then after five years went back to school to learn web design. 

When I retired and shuttered my business, I worked for someone else for a while, but it did not suit me. I was no longer able to choose the kind of work I did and honestly, it was not lucrative enough to make it worth losing my beloved retired life. I did retain several clients on my hosting service.

During the last few days, I have been in front of my computer, performing backups and preparing for a forced upgrade of PHP software. Normally this is not a problem except these are legacy WordPress systems, many of which are running themes and plugins that are no longer supported or compatible with later releases of software.

Of course, nothing works as planned. There are glitches and voids where different people have differing levels of understanding. I have been in online chats with the hosting company, often explaining why their process does not work as they thought. It is frustrating and it reminds me why I decided to retire. After experiencing all the latest and greatest software over 40 or 50 years, sometimes the intrigue of new technology loses its appeal.

Now for the advice. If you ever plan to self-host your WordPress site, take some time to learn the basics of the hosting side. A little knowledge can go a long way.

Try not to get tempted to purchase themes from smaller theme companies. If you plan to purchase a theme, do some research on the company. Make sure they are going to be around a while. There are so many themes out there on production sites that are no longer supported. This makes keeping your software updated and current much more difficult.

I have found that Themes by Automattic or the WordPress team are the most likely to always stay in step with WordPress software releases. Some premium theme vendors require subscription fees in order to get support for their products and to receive updates. Always do your research.

Now a couple of every day blogging tips. WordPress suffers glitches. Like this post. I tried to write it with the block editor, but suddenly, there was no place to put in a title. That’s a new glitch to me.

Also, understand the reader settings. I was trying to re-follow a fellow blogger via email. There was already a glitch for this person in that their followers were being dropped. I could not get a follow to work for any email address. BUT, I found that because of a setting I had used in Reader, WordPress used that setting to prevent me following via my WordPress email or accepting an invitation to follow. Here’s the culprit. I had it set so I did not receive both reader and email, but then suddenly I was missing posts in reader:

Now I am again getting his Posts via email! But that still does not answer why he was dropping followers or why I could not subscribe with a different email address.

Bottom line, if you have problems or glitches in WordPress, just ask. I guarantee someone has already experienced the same problem,. 


21 thoughts on “Remembering Why I Retired and Some Advice”

      1. No and I complained to WordPress and they never did anything about it. If someone hits the like button on my comment, then I go back to their post to see what they said, otherwise I guess I am missing out on a lot of conversations.

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  1. I run a local copy of my blog through MAMP, and I know that WordPress lets you know when there’s any sort of upgrade, and that when they upgrade the software they also upgrade any themes that might have changed.

    I embedded a picture (a couple,actually) into today’s post and was surprised that I wasn’t able to enter or change a caption. The picture I embedded from my library had the caption that I added the last time I used it when I looked at it, but that was the only way I was able to add one. The block editor is a real pain in the ass…

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    1. I could adapt if they would let it settle for five minutes. The glitches are frustrating t9 say the least. Not all theme developers stay up with the changing WordPress releases. It’s a shame, really, but that’s why we must remain diligent.

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  2. The latest and greatest technology rarely appeals to me, especially when it is not user friendly and makes more work which is part of why I retired from my counseling career. Technology demands created by admin/billing were sucking the soul out of my vocation. I admire your tenacity and enjoyed the tidbits about you starting IT at an Army base in Alaska.

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    1. When I was teaching we had about 10 counselors for our students and the overhead they had was unbelievable when compared to the amount of time they had with their clients. Thanks always for reading and commenting. Those early years were truly a lifetime ago.

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  3. About the no title glitch, that just started happening to me, too. If there’s no title, how can there be a post? Rhetorical question, but one that comes to mind. Who knows, eh?

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  4. Hmm, I don’t know whether to say I’m glad WordPress is aggravating, too (being still on a Blogger platform).

    Our email feed service via FeedBurner is disappearing in July, but their instructions about what’s replacing that (aside from the unhelpful recommendation that you “copy” your followers in advance) — well, who know what that means.

    I would like to know how interested people will be able to sign up in the future so I can alert them. Nothing but empty space around that, as far as I can tell.

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    1. Lisa, I sent you a Facebook message including a link that might help you. That is a big gap Google is leaving. Bloggers rely on their blogs getting out to their followers.


  5. WordPress has become far too complicated in its code and functionality. From something that “just worked” to something that conflicts with its own settings.

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