AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF BLOGGING … Marilyn Armstrong

WordPress has a lot of issues, most of which they have never fixed and will never fix. Some months ago, my graphics gallery stopped working if any of the pictures included a caption. Sometimes, the gallery just doesn’t work at all and hangs the entire post. Sometimes, I lose the post in the process.

The text shows up in a different format that its designation. The spacing between paragraphs has always been a gamble. They change formatting so often it’s not unusual for your template to become obsolete while you are in the middle of writing a piece.

Landing Titmouse and Junco

Comments disappear entirely or show up days — and occasionally months — after you write them. Or never.

Pictures may or may not show up. The size in which they show up? It’s like playing craps with busted dice. Frequently, the intended picture isn’t in the post or a picture appears that was pulled from a sidebar or someone else’s post. Sometimes photos are much smaller or larger than designated — or appear as a straight line or a black box … or nothing.

They have a lot of text issues they’ve never addressed which is one of the many reasons I strongly objected to them floating a whole new version of text editing when they never managed to solve their previous problems.

Nuthatch

WordPress never repairs anything. Their “happiness engineers” mostly specialize in telling you it’s not a problem. It’s just that one day, half your followers disappeared because they don’t like you anymore.

“Overnight?” you ask.

They explain that you don’t write what people want to read, the implication is that the problem is not their dipsy database, but your writing.

They know this how?

They don’t know anything. What they really know is that they are not there to solve problems, but rather to explain why the problem is not their fault but yours.

Instead of fixing problems, they move on to “something different.” If the new format has issues, they won’t solve them. They will just move on to something else and you can follow … or not.

They don’t care about bloggers unless they are a business prospect. If you aren’t paying the highest price for a business site, they have no interest in you or whatever problems you have.


I’m tired of WordPress. Tired of their bad attitude and failure to realize that we, the writers and creative artists who built their brand are still the people who bring in business. Without us, people would only come to do business and most of their visiting population would be gone.


I’m paid up through 2019 but after that? I don’t know whether I want to continue. I love the friends I’ve made. I get good responses to my work, too. But it’s so difficult to work around the embedded issues that are always part of WordPress. I wonder if I will continue past this year. The main reason I keep going is my friends — who matter — and I’m retired and don’t have that many other things to do.

I love writing. Not answering questions or figuring out how many prompts I can stuff into a 200-word response.

I want to see WRITING. Something new, out of your or my head, using our own ideas.

The audience has changed, the concept of what blogging is has changed. We all used to write about what our world and what was happening. Now, it’s all prompts and “Question & Answer” stuff. Almost no one is writing about what matters to them.

Each day feels less like fun and more like work for which I don’t get paid. The bloom is off the rose.

Ultimately, I’m tired of the hassles of WordPress. They don’t care about us.  No matter how brisk our stats show our response to be, they don’t care unless we are a business application. Why should I pay for a business plan when I don’t have a business?

Junco on a very cold morning

That’s the direction they are going. You, me, all of us who began blogging for the joy of writing or whatever our creative thing is are no longer valued. WordPress does not care. We aren’t making enough money for them. And it isn’t as if they are failing for lack of funding. They just aren’t getting as rich as Jeff Bezos.

If you think it’s bad now, it will be much worse in a year. If there was a viable alternative, I’d be there, but Blogger (Google) has its own issues every bit as bad as these and no reasonable way of directly responding to posts.

Whatever is wrong, you can bet it’s about money. No company wants to simply be profitable. They have to make enough money to rule the world. We are not part of that goal.

51 thoughts on “AFTER SEVEN YEARS OF BLOGGING … Marilyn Armstrong

  1. im so technically inept that it’s a wonder i get anything posted. i have a horrible time with “spacing” and what shows in the preview is often not what gets posted. what are previews for then? i don’t know that anybody else would be better though and i might then have to relearn a bunch of stuff – so i’ll stick with this till i know different. all in all it’s been mostly ok for me.

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  2. I understand Marilyn as it happened to me too. You put your heart and soul into something and it’s gone, just gone, nowhere to be found. It happened to me too. 1 1/2 years worth of effort wiped off the slate as though it had never existed. Stories written, disappeared. I was heartbroken and wasn’t sure I wanted to continue so I get it. I’ve been forced to download the latest version of wp and I’m having a miserable time learning how to work it, ie can’t change the font, paragraphs don’t work, it creates blocks when I don’t want one. I fell in love with wp when my son found it for me. Here were honest to god writers, sharing, caring, involved. The format and how you do it doesn’t matter to me, whether its q and a or in-depth articles. I love them! I love the heartfelt care that comes from your souls, not just words on a page, but real valuable thoughts ideas and more. Love you Marilyn! Hope you can continue. I’d miss you terribly to be honest.

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  3. Maybe what’s happening is that writing a blog is no longer the same for you it was 7 years ago. Maybe it’s not giving you what you want as a person, or a writer. Maybe the little glitches of WordPress (most of which I haven’t encountered because, maybe, I just don’t care as much or expect as much) are more frustrating to you now because your heart isn’t in it. Maybe it’s just time to take a break or write different things than you have until now. I don’t know. Change that we control is often good and an opportunity to grow as writers. I like Melanie’s idea of your writing a post about what blogging means and has meant to you.

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    • And because I’ve been doing this a long time, I’ve bumped into more issues than people who only use a little bit of the platform. For example, I use a lot of graphics and you don’t use as much. Many problems I encounter are graphic, not text, And you are right insofar as I’m tired. I’ve been doing this a long time and I don’t have the energy I had. Time and effort have had their way. What I’ll do? Honestly, I don’t know. Maybe just do less.

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      • I don’t see why it’s such a big deal. For me this is a totally elective activity. A person can take chances with it if they want to, try out new things, stretch their writing or whatever it is they do. I’ve been doing this six years — when I don’t feel like doing it, I don’t do it. Breaks always help. Personally (not very since anyone can read what I’m about to write) I think pain, winter, and politics have led you into a kind of depression. That makes total sense to me.

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