I Have Been Complaining About This for Years

There has been a Communication Breakdown between WordPress and me for a long time.  I complained to them that I would never get any alerts when people respond to comments that I have made on their posts.  I bet that a lot of people think that I am a snob for ignoring them and that is not the case, but my sincere apologies go out to anyone who feels that I have not been responding to them.  I would get alerts if somebody clicked the like button on any comments that I make on other blogs, but some people do not even incorporate the like button, so I have no way of knowing, but when I do get the alert that somebody has liked one of my comments, I would go back to their post to see if they made a further response.  I usually wait like 5 minutes before checking back and if they respond later than this, then I would never know.  The Happiness engineers were never able to fix my problem, but suddenly the other day this resolved itself.  I am really glad that this is working as it should have been a long time ago, but it is fixed now, and happiness is the only thing that matters.

Sorry about that first paragraph as although it is related to the question that Sadje posed today, it does not answer it.  Most people will hit the like button anytime that you make a comment on their blog, unless you said something that was nasty or that they didn’t like.  This may be done as a matter of courtesy signifying that they were glad that you took you time to read and comment on what they wrote.  Hitting the like button on a post means that you visited a blog and you probably read or at least skimmed it, but making a comment has a deeper meaning and that should be valued more.  It takes more effort to make a comment, so it should hold more value.  I realize that every reader does not have the time to make comments on every post that they look at, so it makes me feel really special when someone goes out of their way to say something about my writing.  Hopefully it is something good!

Written for Sadje’s Sunday Poser #95, where she asks us, “On your blog post what you value more; likes or comments?”

30 thoughts on “I Have Been Complaining About This for Years

  1. I use my reader and have set the notification for getting an alert when someone replies to my comments. I appreciate your comments and support. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  2. Jim that has happened to me but only with certain bloggers…never with everyone. Without that side panel there is no way I could keep up with all the comments. It still happens with one blogger…I have to go back to his page to see if he replied to my comments…I have complained but to no avail.
    I’ll be back on Thursday Jim…I needed this break but I do miss this a lot.

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      1. Same to you Jim…I’ll be happy to comment with everyone again. I have accomplished a lot at work and decluttered our home so it was productive as well as getting a break.

        Bailey’s German girlfriend traveled over to see him and stay a while so asking her questions about Germany has been fun.

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  3. I can relate to your frustration, Jim. I have never been good at using WordPress and have no doubt unintentionally offended others. When I am forced to sign in every time I make a comment and sometimes twice, I have inadvertently left the site without hitting “post” again and many comments I posted evaporated without my knowledge. Eventually I discovered this by accident and try to be more careful. Now that I only post once a week, I am rarely in my Reader and tend to visit sites when I get a like or comment on my site. So I often miss posts I do want to read. When I remember, I try to go back and catch up. But my own sloppiness makes it a hit or miss proposition.

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  4. Comments are always more treasured but I understand people do not have the time to comment on each post that they read. Moreover, sometimes what we want to say has already been said by some one else and one doesn’t want to sound repetitive.

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  5. I have a love/hate relationship with WordPress; I think in some way we all do. Most recently I was getting error notices when I tried to comment on some posts. WordPress kept giving me convoluted suggestions and links to follow which never worked, then claimed my browser needed to be checked out and they’d look into it. In the meantime I was talking to an Apple Tech Support guy about a different issue and when we were done he asked if there was anything else he could help me with. Jokingly I responded “Not unless you can fix my WordPress problem”. To my shock the Apple guy said “As long as I’m already in your computer, let’s take a look” and he figured out why I was getting the error notices and showed me how to fix the problem. Mind blown. That’s the way you get things done – show people how to fix a problem instead of sending confusing links without following up. Well, there you go. Rant over. 🤯

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      1. Plus they should seriously consider changing their name. Not only is it juvenile and difficult to take seriously, they have rarely made me “Happy”. I suggest something like The So-So Engineers. Yeah, that’s better.😄

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  6. Sometimes, in order to leave a comment, I need to key in my name, my email address, and my blog’s URL. Other times, it tells me I can’t leave a comment unless I’m logged in, even though I already am. And when I try to log back in, it still won’t let me leave a comment. Very frustrating.

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