The empty inbox…

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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.

Until today.

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.

No posts.

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.

About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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70 Responses to The empty inbox…

  1. Sometimes I wish they would give me a break…. sometimes I wake up in the morning and have over 1000 emails! Now, not all of them are WordPress (I keep working on blocking myself from unwanted email, but some of them seem to change their address enough every time in order to push them through. I have started sorting by name and just grabbing whole sections and tossing them without even a blink! That allows me to actually read the stuff I want to – like your posts! 😉


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I know that feeling, Leiah. I opened a new email account a while back for emails I actually want/need to read and find that works well. Mass deletes happen here too with the unwanted stuff…which makes it even more frustrating when the stuff I do want doesn’t arrive.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Green Embers says:

    I had to stop using email reading for mine. It became too many emails. Now I have a if I see it, I read it management style. Not enough time to read everyone’s posts, sadly.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Hmmm… do you think Ani is trying to get more personal time?!


  4. I just checked, just to be sure because it would not be the first (or last) time my setting have been reset on my behalf. I wish they would stop messing around. I’m still using the bypass to get the the old interface because there are things I still can’t do on the new one. If there were another game in town … but even then, I’m probably too burned out to start over. I’m more likely to throw in the towel. I’m impressed by you energy. I wish I had half as much!


    • Sue Vincent says:

      I still use the old interface too when I can…which is for most things. It isn’t just reactionary, I actually think it works better and does more of what I want it to do, not what they think I should want it to do.


  5. give ’em hell – and hell again


  6. Mary Smith says:

    I feel your frustration. I haven’t had it happen to me – yet. What I can’t do is get the LinkedIn share button to appear on the bottom of my posts. I have gone through the sequence of ticking and it tells me it’s there – but it isn’t!


  7. Judy Martin says:

    Oh how frustrating! I wish they would leave stuff alone at times as well as some of their ‘improvements’ are far from it! 🙂


  8. I couldn’t find the word reader anywhere 😦 Which page is it on? The one the readers see?


    • Sue Vincent says:

      Do you mean where you can read other people’s posts? Hover over ‘Reader’ top left and you can choose either your followed sites, recommended sites of the ‘discovery’ sites that replaced Freshly Pressed.


  9. M. L. Kappa says:

    WP doesn’t seem to understand that ‘if it ain’t broke, why fix it?’ I don’t know if anyone noticed, but adding a link to a post has become twice as complicated as before. Apparently, WP is run by a large number of volunteers who, obviously, like tinkering.


  10. Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog and commented:
    #Wordpress Woes?


  11. ksbeth says:

    so frustrating! i think the wp engineers are like bad elves!


  12. Reblogged this because we all need to be reminded to do a little management from time to time. Thanks


  13. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you for this advice Sue! I find the Happiness Engineers can be naughty. Perhaps they need a holiday to get their brains in gear! 😊


  14. Shadeau says:

    Oh this would send me completely and finally round the bend.


  15. What a nuisance! I haven’t had that problem yet, but maybe next week! (knock on wood). Hope that’s the end of it for you!


  16. Janice Wald says:

    Hi Sue,
    Great article and so well-written I would have assumed nice weather too. I loved your tone, your voice. The most important part is you told people how to solve the problem. If I quote from it, I will link to you. Great to see you!


  17. I hate big brother!


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  19. Thanks for this. Just went through my followings and realised a few were mysteriously switched off. Ary odd.


  20. Hi Sue, Thanks for visiting. I have not been able to keep up with you and many this summer. Life got in the way. Too much going on. Not a good soldier like you. It takes a huge toll on me. Hope to get back to reading and writing sometime. Take care, Ellen


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