I write comments, but when I go back and look, they are gone. Likes appear, then vanish. If I don’t seem to be responding, it isn’t that I’m not. It’s that my comments are vanishing. If I discover one missing, I try to replace it. But sometimes the second one doesn’t “take” either.

I’m hoping this is one of those problems that will take care of itself. Since I wasn’t writing new posts, I’ve had time to read other people’s work and commented on almost everything … and I have a funny feeling that my comments never made it. And today, I have no new email, either. None. instead of the few hundred I get, there’s nothing at all.

It’s all weird, but part of our special high-end service from WordPress.

But just so you know, I have been doing a LOT of commenting but how much of it appears I don’t know. And I haven’t gotten any notices of new posts from ANYONE tonight.

Nothing at all. Has everyone stopped writing? All at the same time?

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  1. And people wonder why I don’t want to deal with WordPress. I have enough trouble on Blogger, and that’s pretty ABC basic. I can understand your frustration, though, it’s like trying to scratch your nose through a diving helmet.


    • And after 7 years, it becomes like a rash you just can’t get rid of. I goes away for a while, but it always comes back. Sure I could call their so-called service department, but I don’t want to. I have spent weeks trying to find one engineer that has a full-size brain. They are there, but rare. Most of their “engineers” are kids. They think they know everything, but they know almost nothing and what they do know is usually wrong. They do not seem to have a grip on the difference between opinion and knowledge. If this doens’t go away by itself, I’ll eventually call them, but not now. Because I don’t WANT to.


  2. hardly….. I on the other hand have to sign in every time I leave, be it on the phone, iPad, computer – is it a ‘end of the year’ bug or joke? They must be joking, half of the time, mustn’t they?!


    • I have that problem intermittently. I think it may have to do with all the so-called upgrades to our various operating systems and how they don’t work with the humorous “new software” that has been put out. Not one talks to or coordinates with anyone else, so why SHOULD it work?


  3. No one comments on my blog anymore because no one reads it. I lost almost all my subscribers when I migrated my blog from WordPress’s server to my own. 😔


    • Okay. So I commented — and mind you this is my own blog — and it just closed me out and made my comment vanish.

      I have a feeling that the glory days of blogging are drawing to a close — or maybe just changing to more of a business and less of a hobby. I’d like to be wrong, but one of the reasons I never changed to a private server is it would be the equivalent of starting again from scratch. I don’t think I have it in me. Stats are dropping, too. Almost all the people I used to know have disappeared. A mere handful remains.

      If you will send me your link, I’ll gladly follow you. I just don’t know where you are anymore.

      It’s a scary, depressing world and for once, I’m glad I’m not young. I don’t think I want to live a long life in this world.


  4. The last comment I got from you was December 13, and there’s nothing in my spam folder. I just figured you were taking that break like you said you were going to (and which you need!).


  5. I see your replies to my comments.


  6. We’re laying low here so not many posts.


  7. I haven’t had that problem although I use the Reader anyway but there has been some other intermittent stuff happening. I was asked to sign in to comment on one of your posts the other day, I was already signed in, this still happens from time to time. Naomi said that the reader icons that appear next to comments had disappeared from her feed. She managed to find and fix the problem herself but she had not changed anything to cause it. A day or so I started getting email notifications of posts which I am sure I had not authorised. Maybe we have had our template too long.


    • That’s why I changed templates. I thought it was that the template had corrupted. But I have the same problem with the new template. There’s something wrong and the worst part is that it doesn’t happen EVERY time. So it’s really hard to get a grip on it.


      • I had to sign in to comment yesterday when I was reading one of your posts. Still don’t know why that happens some times but not others. I looked at a few different templates. Naomi had suggested changing it to something similar to what we have on the doll blog. I like the one we have but maybe we’ll change it.


  8. Might be everyone is slow in approving your fabulous comments as the last week has been slow xx


  9. I am receiving all your comments and are having no problems. I always work with the reader and never with the many email notifications I get.


  10. 🙂 It could be a technical issue with those people who upgraded their plans (But we would never know for sure until you report the issue to the Happiness Engineers).


    • I didn’t upgrade. I’ve had this same plan for almost 7 years. I just changed templates — and anyway, this was happening on the previous template — which is one of the reasons I tried a new one. Sometimes templates get weird when you use them for a long time. I’ve spent a lot of my life complaining to the Happiness Engineers and they always want me to prove that something disappeared. You can’t DO that. Missingness is not easy to prove!

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      • 🤔 Hmm. That is strange. The Happiness Engineers are supposed to explore the coding aspects of your blog to see if there is anything wrong.

        Maybe, you could try one of the newer WordPress themes to see if that rectifies things.


        • Some do and some are very good at it. Many others are obviously kids, don’t know much, but are absolutely sure that the little they know is everything they need to know. Once, when half my followers vanished one afternoon, one of them told me I just didn’t know how to write and that was why all my followers had left — in one afternoon. Eventually, the followers came back. It took about a week. What they are SUPPOSED to do is one thing. What they often do is often nothing much. it’s not like they have to worry about good reviews from us. They really don’t care. No, that’s not true. Some do care, but too many others don’t.

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        • This IS a new template. I have tried easily more than a dozen templates. They all glitch eventually. But this one is less than a week old and many of their very new ones are obviously designed for businesses, which this is not. On top of that, their designs are very graphic, don’t leave an appropriate amount of room for text and don’t have a second column for navigation. AND they are too narrow to properly display photographs.

          In the seven years during which I’ve been a paying customer of WordPress, no one has ever asked MY opinion on anything and I’m sure they never will. They do what they think will make them the most money and don’t give a rat’s ass about we “so-called” customers. There was a time when the seemed to be trying to help us succeed. Now, all they want is for us to pay more money for services people like me will never need, not to mention trying to force us to use a format that is ridiculously overly complicated for a non-commercial blog. I have no faith in their engineers or for that matter, in the company’s corporate leadership.

          For all practical purposes, WordPress has sold us out many times over and will keep doing it until they put themselves out of business. And don’t think it can’t happen. It can and it will. Because most of your customers are NOT commercial and almost none of us can afford $25/month (or has it gone up again?) to write a free blog.

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  11. I’ll my spam folder. But I was surprised to see your post as I understood that you were on a break!


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