Blog, Writing

WordPress, When Will I Learn?

The WordPress Gremlins ate a post I have been working on for weeks. It had 15 saved drafts. Today I published it and it has gone into oblivion. Not in the trash folder, not in drafts and certainly not in published.

I have no desire to write in Word and copy and paste and deal with reformatting.

I do not have the energy to re-write the post. I do not think I could capture the essence of this very sensitive topic.

This is crap.

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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?

 

 

 

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Any Advice Before I Move My Blog?

Day 217, part 2

I made the decision to move my blog from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and self-host on a custom domain. I have read all the notes and think I can do this myself (I already have the domain and hosting in place). I know I need to install Jetpack to migrate followers and I will pay the $13 a year for the redirects. Any other advice from those of you that have done this?

It will be a week or two before I can start the migration.

Any gotchas I should know about?

Blog, internet

The Ugly Side of the Internet

Day 111

You know how you just cruise along in your own little cocoon of a world where everything is just hunky-dory? Then one day something unexpected rears its ugly head and you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore?

Well, that was me this morning.

I have been weening myself off of Facebook where things are so divisive and political. Instead, I have been spending more time reading other people’s blogs. I enjoy a place where people use words to convey ideas. I have made a lot of new acquaintances who may, over time, become friends.

The blogs I read may not necessarily be penned by like-minded individuals, but I usually find commonality with people who share similar interests or maybe just write compelling blogs that give me something new to consider. Always healthy I think.

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One way of finding such blogs is to search the WordPress reader. That has been fine until today when very unexpectedly — WHAM — I was confronted with some very unexpected and unwelcome images.

I am very much a ‘to each his/her own’ kind of person, but I like to control what comes into my world. Not always possible, I know, but generally, it works well for me. Until today. Today a very innocent search using a tag I have used in my blog many times uncovered some VERY adult images. Thankfully, I did not need to see the entire post, but the images were a little too graphic for morning coffee.

So, I tried to block the sites (there were about 4) in WordPress Reader which did not seem to work. I was receiving an error that something went wrong. I tried this several times for each site and eventually, they disappeared from the reader.

Last week when I was contemplating moving my blog to a self-hosted site, I did some research on how to include my blog in the WordPress Reader. My understanding was using JetPack, it could be done except that tags would not carry over. Hmmm. WordPress has a way to report free WordPress.com hosted sites, but from what I saw, they cannot block or remove a site that is self-hosted. (I’m a little fuzzy on the details.) This made me wonder, then, how these sites came up after using a tag search. Still not sure about how that works so maybe I need more research.

The point of my blog today is just the grim reminder that this Internet we all love so much contains the same cross-section of people and society and likes and dislikes found in the broad spectrum of life. I do not always agree with censorship, but I do like to choose if and when I see or hear certain things. Today I was gobsmacked to have this encounter here and in this space — I was being naive.

So, just a reminder that even the most innocent of words or ideas can be construed for any purpose or to attract anyone. I appreciate all the people who take the time to express ideas, work through difficult times or even share their personal successes. For me, however, I need to do a little research and see if there is a way to filter the content that gets presented to me.