The Mysteries of WordPress

10 Oct

I have read a lot of posts about the inner workings of WordPress and the issues that bloggers have with them. You guys know what I am talking about. However, I have never had any problems with the platform. It is annoying to get accustomed to something and have it change, but, overall, WordPress has worked well for me.

With all of that being said, I have noticed something strange about WordPress and am wondering if other people have noticed the same thing.

Like many of you, I follow a lot of bloggers. Some of them post occasionally, and others post all of the time. When someone who writes all of the time suddenly stops, several ideas run through my mind. They could be traveling. They could be sick. They could be focused on their non-blogging lives. Heck, it could be anything. However, I never think that some mysterious WordPress force has made me stop following them.Mystery

That is exactly what I have been noticing in the past several weeks. I wonder what is happening with a blog that has not popped up in a while, and I go over to see what is happening. That is when I discover that I am no longer following them. I did not unfollow them and do not understand how they suddenly got clicked. I can only think that something inside of WordPress did it.

Also, it has happened with some of my favorites. Serendipity. Have Bag Will Travel. There are plenty of examples.

My questions are the following:

Has this happened to you?

What mysterious WordPress force is causing it?

15 Responses to “The Mysteries of WordPress”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong October 10, 2014 at 15:30 #

    Yes It happens regularly. You have t’o re-follow. It’s a glitch. Everyone has had this happen to them. I go in to my “followed blogs” regularly to make sure the people I really want to read are still there — and still notifying me. Sometimes, the notifications get turned off, but the blog itself is still listed. Annoying — just one more thing you have to keep track of.

    • Rick October 10, 2014 at 15:33 #

      That’s good to know. At least, I guess it is. It shouldn’t be happening with any of us.

      • Marilyn Armstrong October 10, 2014 at 15:43 #

        There are a lot of bugs in the program. Sometimes they fix one (yay). Most of the time, they don’t. I think they should fix the problems before they add “new features” on top of old ones that don’t work, but hey, I’m just an old geek with an attitude problem

  2. Andrew Petcher October 10, 2014 at 19:48 #

    It has happened to me several times. I just think the system is riddled with bugs and very fragile. They make changes without fully testing and don’t fix known issues. I worry about losing posts so I make sure everything is backed up in Office Word. It’s all very annoying but it’s free so difficult to complain!

    • Rick October 10, 2014 at 22:18 #

      I will try your saving technique. I wonder if the people who purchase their domains get better service.

      • Marilyn Armstrong October 11, 2014 at 00:23 #

        From someone who actually pays for premium, the answer is NO, we get exactly the SAME service and the same bugs that they never fix.

  3. John S October 11, 2014 at 00:42 #

    I haven’t had that problem, as far as I can tell. I think WordPress is brilliant, given that the essentials are free and allow us to blog away. The only issue for me is that a lot of the hits don’t get counted so i actually have no idea how many people are really reading the blog.

    • Rick October 11, 2014 at 03:32 #

      The stats page always confuses me. I’m not really complaining. I was just wondering what was going on.

    • DyingNote October 13, 2014 at 12:06 #

      Hits don’t get counted? Really? I thought all visits are logged but there might be issues – and that’s understandable – in identifying unique visitors.

      • John S October 13, 2014 at 22:51 #

        I don’t think it’s counted if people just look on their reader (if they are are WordPress). Likewise if followers just read on email. I think the only hits that are counted are the ones that go onto the actual site. I could be wrong, but it feels that way. I’ve had instances in the past when I’ve had more likes than hits, which shouldn’t be possible.

      • DyingNote October 14, 2014 at 01:22 #

        Yes, that’s correct.

  4. sittingpugs October 12, 2014 at 04:14 #

    I still wonder why I have to approve a “comment” I made on my own blog post when that
    “comment” is really a link to another blog post I wrote.

    • Rick October 12, 2014 at 15:03 #

      That’s super strange. We have to verify ourselves.

  5. DyingNote October 13, 2014 at 12:05 #

    I did a quick check after reading this. It’s not happened to me…yet.

    • Rick October 13, 2014 at 12:37 #

      Apparently, we will need to keep an eye on it.

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