When summer comes and we are all supposed to be otherwise occupied with sun, sand, sea and yet more sun, it appears that the WordPress gremlins take advantage of our absence to play. Being British, you can take ‘sun’ and ‘more sun’ out of that equation, which is probably why I have been noticing the odd little tweaks, trials and anomalies around here lately. It is either WordPress playing again or my blog has developed a vicious streak of its own.
As I am certain that after all the complaints about ‘improvements’ the Happiness Engineers would never sneak something appalling up on us behind our backs again, I can only conclude that the blog has some sort of grudge and is extracting a mean and sneaky revenge.
It started by swallowing a horde of followers. They just disappeared. Not, I hasten to add, because my content had so appalled them that they migrated en masse. Or at least, I hope not. It happened in a split second… three hundred of them disappeared for no reason. Then, several days later, they reappeared, regurgitated from some unmentionable place deep within the digestive tract of the blogosphere.
Meanwhile my blog decided of its own accord to unfollow a number of other blogs. Quite why it took that decision, I have no idea. Perhaps it was hormonal… it is getting on a bit these days. Perhaps it just wanted to assert itself. One I had restored the missing blogs (I hope), it decided to sulk and switched off all email notifications once again. My email account colluded and sent the few that did get through to spam, leaving me wondering if the entire world was on a summer blogging break for a while…
Just when I thought it was behaving, a couple of bloggers let me know my blog was refusing to post their comments. They were perfectly good comments, too, so unless my blog has chosen to become a literary critic with ideas above its station, I can only assume this was the next phase of its attack… the first of the stealth tactics. The next was its refusal to send any of my posts to the Reader. I was alerted to this by Ritu, or I would have known nothing about it. I was just sitting there wondering why the ‘views’ had dropped by about six hundred a day. The only post with its full complement of views was the dog’s…but that is normal. She always does better than me.
I have begged, pleaded and implored the blog to let me know what I have done to offend it. I have lovingly reset every setting I can think of and tended its every corner and need. I hope it will stop whatever it is doing now and let me get on with reading and writing.
If not, I may have to suspect WordPress of tinkering again after all…