Yes, it’s me again. Well, what did you expect? Reindeer?
First, let me thank you for providing what is, in my humble opinion, the best blogging platform out there with what has to be the best blogging community you could wish for.
Second… WordPress, we have a problem.
Well, several actually.
For starters, let me ask… have you been playing at happiness engineering again? I do wish you wouldn’t. In fact, most of us wish you wouldn’t to judge by the comments when you do. Even worse, we ever know what’s coming until the usual batch of oddities start occurring. Like bloggers who disappear from our notifications… notifications that cease arriving. Notifications tabs that ‘forget’ to let us know about comments. Readers who get in touch to check you are okay because they haven’t had any notifications either… regardless of the fact you haven’t missed posting in the best part of two years.
And even I’ve noticed the stats have plummeted again by a third… which usually means you are playing again…
There is a difference between making necessary and desired improvements and meddling where things work perfectly well as they are. “If it ain’t broke…” seems a popular litany when you play. Usually followed by a spate of expletives from over-caffeinated writers the world over.
Then there is this whole PC question. No, not, for once, political correctness, but Personal Choice, aka the choice between mobile device and desktop. Some of us… probably most writers… still use the good old PC or at worst, a laptop. No doubt as technology advances we will be retired to museums like those who still like to write with a real pen or, heaven forfend, a typewriter. But for now, some of us prefer a proper keyboard and a screen we can see without a magnifying glass.
Some of us spent decades perfecting the art of using more than two fingers to type, you know. Now you want us to go back to just one? I think not, thank you.
I for one even prefer to read on a screen big enough to see. I know. I admit I’m a reactionary, but hell, not having to squint is a bonus. So is being able to read with a straight back, not hunched over a tiny oblong of light.
And don’t think I haven’t noticed the little tweaks you keep sneaking in either. All aimed at the mobile devices, by the looks of it.
And finally, WordPress, this mobile thing is getting daft. You know, the main reason I blog is because I’m a writer. I’m not a writer because I blog. There’s a difference.
I have lost count of the number of times a reader has commented that I should write a book. It took me a while to work out why they should do so when I have listed all my books, very visibly, on the sidebar. I even have a whole page dedicated to them. I’m not exactly short of them…
But just because I’m a writer doesn’t mean I want to constantly write about books. On the contrary. The blog is where I share other aspects of my life and work… it is supposed to be the playground of imagination, a journal, a communal experience… not just an advertising platform. I built my blog so that it doesn’t have to be. I even took your advice and chose a mobile friendly theme… and one with a sidebar where I could display the books.
… Except, the two are not happy bedfellows. The sidebar doesn’t display on the mobile app… So my readers are excused and doubtless many will remain unaware… That doesn’t help me much though, now does it? Especially when everything is being geared towards mobile use…
If you want the writers who are the backbone of the blogging community to continue creating non-promotional and interesting content, it might be worth looking at that… Because if starving writers and artists are forced to start screaming BUY MY BOOKS, then the quality and diversity of the community can only suffer, people will get bored and wander off to read elsewhere… so writers will stop ploughing their valuable time and meagre earnings into blogging and guess who’s income will eventually suffer? Yep…
Do have a lovely Christmas, WordPress… or perhaps it would be more PC to suggest you go and engineer yourselves some happiness instead of leaving surprises lurking under our proverbial tree… And if you are at a loose end during the holidays, you could always BUY MY BOOKS… or those of the innumerable and excellent Indies that frequent WordPress… and just curl up and read.