Forgive me🙇‍♀️… for WordPress not knows what it does…

What up, blog monsters! 

So, the mission was to say, hi, and digitally shake hands with others who either write or read and review YA novels, especially those who are into YA sci-fi & fantasy. So I went nuts following bloggers, left, right, and caddiwompus. Then when I went to my notification settings to make sure I get people’s posts, but not by email, I was surprised to discover that WordPress bumped quite a few of the blogs I’ve been following for a long time off of my list of followed blogs. I searched for them and re-followed them and thought the problem was solved. To my annoyance, when I checked my list of the followed, most of the re-follows weren’t there. So it was back to looking them up, and to my further annoyance, it said I wasn’t following them. I tapped the “follow” buttons again. I checked my list of followed blogs, and it was the same crap. This back and forth re-following and list checking went on a few more times. WordPress, it seemed, would not let me follow certain people. 

I hope that my re-following of those blogs multiple times didn’t show up in those people’s notifications and make me look like a psychotic fan. Like I’m desperate to get their attention. (I’m following you… Hello, I’m following you… Eh’hem, excuse me, I’m following you… I am Bia motha’ fuckin’ Bella Baker, and I’m FOLLOWING YOU… Acknowledge me!… Acknowledge me!… Or I’ll find out where you live! Ha ha ha ha ha ha!) If anyone I follow-stalked reads this, I swear, I’m not a psychotic fan. I’m a normal fan. So no need to double check your locks, or to be on the look out for what’s behind you. 

This not being able to stay following certain people wasn’t fair. Christa follows about a thousand blogs. How come I’m limited to only a little over a hundred? I suspected that maybe WordPress has a limit to how many blogs you can follow if you’re on the free plan. I assumed Christa was on a paid plan, since she does digital marketing, but when I asked her about whether or not if WordPress has following limitations, she said no. Come to find out, she’s on a free plan too. However, she did explain to me about Twitter having a glitch when people follow over a certain amount. You could only follow a hundred people within the same day. If you reach a hundred, you have to wait twenty-four hours before you could follow more. Perhaps WordPress has that same glitch? 

I’ll keep checking my list and re-following people, if they’re not back on it yet. And if they’re not, I’m gonna find out where the people who run WordPress live. Cuz I’m Bia motha’ fuckin’ Bella Baker. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! 

Love you all! Post you soon! 

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Earlier today, Clennell sent me a short promo for her latest soon-to-be-published book, via emailed attatchment, and politely requested we fellow writing group members to spread the word on our social media platforms. My first choice of platform is, of course, this lovely one. 

I thought I was doing everything right with following the simple steps to sharing an attachment to WordPress. First I opened the attachment and hit the “Share” button. This took me to a list of people and apps to share with. I tapped “Wordpress”, and it opened me up to an empty title text field and ridge text field. I assumed that this meant I was supposed to write something about the attachment I was sharing. Just like Facebook offers you a blank text field to say something about a link you’re sharing, before you post it. So I wrote about Clennell’s books. 

I found it odd that the title and ridge text fields, and all the writing attribute options looked like the old classic editor style of post. The attatchment wasn’t anywhere on my phone’s screen either, like how links are, before you share them. But I trusted that my Iphone knew what it was doing. After I wrote my little two cents, the only options I was given was to publish, or not to publish. So I added tags and published. Then was surprised to see that WordPress only published what I wrote, but it didn’t share Nel’s attachment! 

Any of you have an idea of what I might’ve done wrong? 

It was embarrassing. I appreciated the 4 likes my incomplete post received, but it really showed how faulty my computer skills still are. It could just be a glitch, and not me. 

Later on, I made a second attempt to share Nel’s attachment to WordPress, but this time I tried the “More Options” option on the sharing menu. To my annoyance, that only lead me to another menu with the same options. What the…? When I told Nel about what happened, she suggested I try the “More Options” menu. Aaarrrggg

Here is my second try at getting Clennell Anthony’s promo out there. This time, I’m doing it from my computer. It’s been saved into the computer as a Pages doc, and then copied and pasted into WordPress. 

Eh hem. Let’s start this over. 

I had read Clennell Anthony’s first book, The Circle multiple times. It’s a short but intense love story with beautifully poetic prose, vivid nocturnal scenery, and who doesn’t love a love story about two young people who won’t stand for being controlled by their feuding families. The second book in the series, The Cursed will be available on Amazon soon. If you’re into witchcraft, family drama, and demon drama, trust me, you’ll get sucked into this series. 

The following book is one of a different genre, but it doesn’t need witchcraft to be magical.

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COMING SOON to AMAZON.COM

Dark Brilliance by Clennell Anthony

Be Surprised! Experience a Bit of Trepidation & Fear! Fall in Love! Be Empowered! & Above All Else, Enjoy!

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Dark Brilliance is a series of short stories that will have you struggling to catch your breath one moment, sighing with pleasure in the next one, and feeling powerful by the end. Don’t miss this work of love and endurance by a new author you won’t want to miss! Clennell Anthony is also the author of The Circle and is currently working on the 3rd book in her Circle Trilogy, entitled, The Convicted.

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I love that WordPress has a SAVE option. Don’t have time to read people’s posts when they’re fresh out of the publisher? You can save them, and read them weeks or months later, or on your 100th birthday. Awesome for sloppy time managers, like me. 

Some bloggers come out with more posts than I can consistently keep up with, but that’s OK. I can catch up on the latest news about what book they just finished reading, what’s going on with the politics in their country, and what their dog coughed up at 5:00 A M, any old time. Thanks to the SAVE option. 

Some people’s posts are just soooooooooo lllllooooonnnnnggggg, and I’m either too anxious to get going on catching up with other bloggers that I’m falling behind with, who have shorter posts, and reading a lllllooooonnnnnggggg post would set me back even further. Or it’s close to my old fart bedtime, and my brain is on low power mode, which reduces my attention span to that of a fly. That’s OK too. There’s always room in my Reader for volumes upon volumes of novel-length posts, thanks to the SAVE option! 

So I built up a lovely assorted collection of saved posts. And I built it up and built it up… 

One blog I follow provides interesting music to listen to, which I keep up with, for the most part. I saved a whole bunch of music posts, and planned to take a day off to go on a musical synesthesia tripping-out Marathon. I saved the first chapter of another blogger’s WIP that I’d planned to read, and give feedback on. And I had another blogger’s short story in there too, which I also intended to read and give feedback. There were a couple of important Let’s Get Published posts among the saved clutter. One had links to writing lecture videos on Youtube. The other had something to do with Ted Talks, but that one was from a few years ago, so I don’t remember what the hell it was about. Something I thought was important, sometime around 2017 or 2018-ish. Still I planned on getting around to it, at least within the next five years. 

One fine day, I decided it was time to fetch those story posts, but when I tapped open my saved post collection… 

EVERYTHING was gone. 

WordPress glitched up on me again, and completely deleted my saved posts, without me knowing. I was shocked. Has this ever happened to any of you? 

Had WordPress made changes to how you can save posts, the last time they updated? Like, did they put a limit on how many posts you could save, and for how long, if you’re using the free version? I get the WordPress newsletters, but they’re all about flash sales on things to up-grade your site, and tips on improving your traffic, and stuff like that. I know that if you want to be totally in the loop about everything that’s going on with WordPress, you have to go directly to their website. 

When the block editor came about, to me, the thing seemed to have just barged into both of my WordPress apps, unannounced. I didn’t really know what was going on until I read other bloggers’ angry rants about the block editor. Some raged about how they’d read, on the WordPress website, that the classic editor was going to be permanently replaced by the block editor. 

So I’m wondering if, what happened to my saved posts was something I could’ve seen coming, or even prevented, if I had kept better tabs on WordPress itself. 

Or does WordPress just have more bugs than a squatters’ house? 

Love you all! Post you soon!      

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This happened, I swear, for like, the fourth time within the past few months. 

On my last Weirdpress post, I mentioned how I read posts from those who blog less often, on my notifications, and posts from hyper-productive blog blasters, on the WordPress Reader. 

So I was pittling around on WordPress, yesterday, and something told me—perhaps it was my fairy blog mother—to check through my list of blogs I follow. For the fourth time, it seems as though a mischievous digital poltergeist had gotten into my Notification Settings, and turned off new post notifications from EVERYBODY that I read, through my notifications! So I had to swipe through the long-ass list of blog names, and one-by-one, click on those who I read in my notifications, and toggle the New Posts button “on” for each and every one of them. If this happened a few times already, it’s most likely going to keep happening, every so often. Ugh! It’s so annoying! It’s like, because I flip back and forth to read posts from two different sections of WordPress, the thing gets confused. I must either read all blogs on the Reader, or toggle the New Notifications button “on” for the entire infinite number of you that I follow. Or else it “can… not… compute” 

Now I have to remember to check my list of followed blogs, regularly, to make sure the thing doesn’t keep turning people’s new post notifications off on me. Pain in the ass

Anybody else encounter this quirk? 

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A few months ago, I had an odd incident where one of my followers Liked the same post three times. This showed up on both my WordPress notifications, and my email. I was like, “What the heck?” I wondered, was this blogger desperate for attention, or something? Or was she just indecisive over whether or not if she was digging that particular post. Whatever was going on, I just appreciated that she liked the post, repeatedly. Then it didn’t happen again. So I just passed it off as, a blogger who takes a while to make a final decision. 

Later on, I realized what was probably going on with that follower, when it was me who had to Like the same post twice. 

I have blogs that I follow, in my WordPress notifications, and blogs that I follow, but keep in the WordPress Reader. Now, don’t get offended, if you figured out that your blog is not one of the blogs in my notifications. You’re not chop liver. The bloggers that I put in my notifications, are the ones who don’t post nearly as often as those who are in my Reader. On the WordPress mobile app, the Reader will only hold about 300 posts at once. There are bloggers that I follow, that post several times a day. Sometimes they post every hour, or even every few minutes. These post-oholics often bump those who post less often, out of my Reader. So I put the less frequent bloggers in my notifications, in order to not miss out on them. 

Anyhow, One day, I read a post from one of the bloggers in my notifications, and I gave the post a Like. Then a while later, I was browsing through my Reader, and I scrolled past that same post. My voiceover told me, “This post is not in my likes.” That wasn’t true. I clearly remembered giving that post a Like. So I Liked it again. 

This got me a little paranoid for a while, that wordpress might remove my Like reactions. So every time I Liked someone’s post, I’d check it several times, after I clicked the Like button, just to make sure my reaction wasn’t removed. During the times I did this, my Likes for others posts stayed. So I figured that this must’ve been a glitch that was resolved. 

Then, I was scrolling through my Reader, yesterday, and I saw that it happened again. Two bloggers’ posts that I CLEARLY remembered Liking, when I read them in my notifications, said that they were not in my Likes. I absolutely positively DID NOT remove my Like reaction. What was I to do, but just tap the Like button again on these posts. 

Us bloggers know that WordPress has bugs in their system. For example, I’ve heard other bloggers talk about a glitch that puts their followers’ comments in their Spam folder. One blogger I followed, had the aggravating issue where WordPress would delete her followers’ comments after one day. A fellow blogger told me that there is also a bug where WordPress will bump followers off of your Follows list. They’ll still be following you, but their names or blog site addresses won’t be there. I’ve had four followers get bumped off completely. They didn’t unfollow me on their own. WordPress made that choice. The moral of this post is, to spread the awareness about another glitch. WordPress can remove yours, or your followers’ Like reactions, at any unpredictable time. Who can relate? I can’t be the only one whose come across this problem.