Something of an outlier post this time, with not so much of the funny but nothing really tragic or sad. Or political. (Surprise!) Two things to share…
One, WordPress is in the midst of yet another head-scratching round of updates. Part of this change is that the email notifications that I get when someone has “liked” a post no longer contain a link to that person’s blog. This is not a big deal for some folks, but it means a process revamp for me.
I rarely use the Reader as a way of finding new posts from folks. (I follow almost 2,000 blogs, so working my way through that cavalcade is essentially overwhelming.) Instead, I used to use the “like” notification emails as launch points for my reading of other blogs. This would allow me to focus on the folks who were actively engaging with Bonnywood, as this only seemed right. (Why should I pluck a story out of The Reader written by someone who hasn’t bothered to visit Bonnywood since 2013? This is not an egotistical thing; it’s a grateful courtesy to the folks who are taking the time to see what’s up at Bonnywood.)
Now, I can no longer use that methodology. (Thanks for nothing, once again, annoying WordPress People Who Make Things Complicated for No Reason.)
Obviously, I should cull my list of blogs that I follow and toss out all those 2013 drive-by folks who tempted me into following them and then headed for the hills, never to be seen again. This would make The Reader more effective in my case. But it will take some time to conduct such a purge. (Did I mention that I follow 2,000 blogs? I clearly lost my mind for a while there, and the damage is done.) So, whilst I work on The Big Culling, I’ve decided to change my settings on the blogs I follow (at least those blogs where we are currently sharing in a mutual two-way manner) so that I get an email every time you post.
But won’t this explode my email inbox, you may ask as a naturally-curious person. Well, it could. But said inbox is already burgeoning with notifications from readers who like my posts but haven’t written anything fresh since… 2013. (You knew that was coming, right?) Some folks are happy with saying what they wanted to say once, and then they never write anything again. (Just ask Harper Lee, eh?) I spend (well, I used to spend) a lot of time opening a “like” notification, clicking through to the writer’s blog and then finding out that they have nothing new to share. (Not judging on the lack of newborn content, just explaining things.) Eventually, I will turn off the “send me an email if someone likes a post” angle, thus eliminating that tributary river to compensate for the new flood of “somebody just posted!” emails.
Still with me? I know this has turned into a rambling monologue, but here’s the point I’m trying to get to: Many of you will see me suddenly follow you again, even though you know dang well I’ve been following you for at least five years. This is because WordPress is sometimes hinky when it comes to adjusting your settings on the people you follow, and it’s often easier to just unfollow and start over. So, if you see the new “follow” notification, our relationship has not been a lie. I’m just screwing around with the settings.
Side Note: If you are used to me consistently interacting with your blog, via likes or comments or whatnot, and I suddenly go dark, please don’t hesitate to leave a concerned query on this or any post. (I will be leaving the “notify me of comments” option intact.) It will not bother me at all if you say “Hey, we used to be tight, braiding each other’s hair and watching trashy late-night movies together. What happened?” With these hundreds of blog connections that I’m currently reviewing and updating, it’s very possible that somebody might inadvertently be left out in the cold, forlorn and wandering the streets. You might have to help us get back to where we once belonged.
Two, I’ve been dipping my toe into the world of “Medium”, a back-to-basics blogging site that strips out all the advertisements and concentrates on the true sharing of stories without all the useless bells and whistles that distract from said sharing. It’s been an interesting experience, starting from scratch in the building of a following, pulling me back to my early days on WordPress where only two people would read my stories (and I was related to both of them).
This means that some of my time will be diverted away from WordPress, so my posts might not appear here as often as they used to do so. Once again, it’s not you, it’s me. I still plan to post here with some degree of regularity. (It’s an addiction!) Who knows, I might trash the whole “Medium” experience out of frustration (why work so hard on the networking when I’ve already done the work on WordPress?), but time will tell, and I’m currently torn between two lovers, one of whom doesn’t even know my name.
Okay, that’s it. Wait, that’s a lie. I promised a video as well.
Said video involves Kelly Clarkson, performing her rendition of Abba’s “Dancing Queen”. Partner found this one day whilst he was doing whatever he does on the Internet (I don’t ask questions, which is a good way to maintain a healthy relationship), and I’m rather fond of it. I like how she turns the song into a melancholy reflection without the disco beat.