Here we go again… the wonderful Happiness Engineers have been playing. I thought it had gone very quiet… and while I realise that it is summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the great outdoors may prove more alluring than the keyboard, it stands to reason that the Southern half of the globe may therefore be seeking shelter from less clement weather in front of a nice, warm screen. Yet, apparently, no one in the world has been posting anything.
Even my meagre powers of deduction can see that statistically, this is a little unlikely.
WordPress themselves boast of the staggering 58 million new posts a month that are being published globally by bloggers using their platform. They make mention also of the 409 million people who read more than 21.4 billion pages each month. So for everyone to have taken a break from blogging at the same time would seem a tad bizarre, even for WordPress.
I checked the spam folder in my email. Nothing.
I checked my ‘followed sites’. It wouldn’t be the first time they had all disappeared in an update. No… they are all there.
I checked my subscription to a site that posts daily, without fail… I am still subscribed. And then I noticed the small print… the bit that informs me that I ‘have blocked all email notifications’.
Let’s get this straight, WordPress… you may have blocked all my email notifications. I didn’t. In fact, I specifically, deliberately and quite unequivocally unblocked them last week when I noticed you had blocked them for me, without asking, and without permission. Again.
Now, you may, given the hectic nature of my days at present and the long hours I am working, have simply thought it a kindness to protect both my inbox and my much-needed beauty sleep by unobtrusively blocking said notifications. What you singularly failed to take into consideration with your well-meaning gesture is the amount of time, sheer frustration and footling about in your innards I wasted trying to find out why the blogging world had gone silent.
Eventually locating the source of the problem, I gratefully unchecked the ‘block’ box, clicked ‘save’ and thought no more about it.
After a long day in the garden, shed and piles of boxes, I thought it would be nice to sit down with a coffee and read a few posts before settling in for the evening’s work.
I trundled back to the spam folders, checked the subscriptions again…and lo and behold, ‘you have blocked all email notifications’ is staring right back at me.
Dear WordPress, I realise that it is, given your viewing figures, indeed a privilege to be part of this community. It is even more of an honour to be read when there are so very many excellent blogs out there and it is that sense of community that builds friendships, gives encouragement and support and makes blogging such an important and enjoyable aspect of writing.
However… the foundations of such communities are only built on mutual support.
We trust you, as you have asked, to let us know when a friend or fellow blogger has posted. We tick your boxes, press your buttons and take responsibility for dealing with the contents of our inboxes when they overflow with notifications. Frankly, I’d rather have too many and be spoilt for choice than not have enough.
Please…if your perfectionist leanings mean that you are going to break things every time you engage in a surreptitious tweak… LEAVE IT ALONE!
No Happiness Engineers were harmed during the writing of this blog post.
If you or your inbox have experienced similar problems.
1. Hover over ‘Reader’ top right to bring up menu and select ‘Manage’.
2. Click right pointing arrow > to access notification settings on any blog you follow.
3. This takes you to where you can choose the delivery type and frequency for each individual blog you follow. If your settings are as you left them, fine. If not, a message will appear saying ‘you have blocked all email notifications’. Follow the link they give to Unblock…and Save.
This will correct the problem and your inbox will once again echo to the patter of notifications.
Till they do it again.