WordPress Reader is ignoring us again. It’s now 5 days since WordPress updated the feed for this blog. This is the third time this has happened in as many weeks. I understand that self-hosted WordPress sites are lower priority than WordPress sites ; and as we don’t actually pay WordPress for the services we use, it might be unreasonable to expect we’ll be at the front of the queue, but if this is what anyone using the free accounts can expect, then really there’s little point in posting at all, since when a new post does finally appear it will be so far down in the Reader it’s far less likely to get read at all.
I’ve composed this post on the WordPress app rather than on the ‘native’ dashboard for biggarden.scot. Will that make any difference? Let’s see …
Jonathan: Readers of this blog who keep up following us on the WordPress Reader (browser or app versions) may be forgiven for thinking we gave up blogging on 19 December. In fact there’s a BlogJam (the equivalent I suppose of a paper jam on the printer) on the ‘feed’ of our posts which WordPress conveys to the reader. If you unfollow, logout, and follow again, all our feeds appear up to the present day. Logout again and back in, and our posts are yet again curtailed at 19 December! I’ve taken it up with WordPress, but in the meantime … I just want to pull my hair out with exasperation! Best to subscribe to our posts by email or RSS
It’s been ten days since the last post: So much to do, too little time to sit down and no time to think even when we do!
Jonathan: My first attempt at a movie. Just six seconds. At 7s in Mel Gibson would have strode into shot, wearing a kilt, face painted with a Saltire, a huge sword over his shoulder (yeah, really, I do have original artistic ideas, y’know!) … Unfortunately, these extras demanded an extra ration of sheep nuts.so that was the budget blown and Mel said something about having other irons in the fire (presumably another sword in the making, or a battle axe perhaps?) and stormed off. Anyway, for what it’s worth …
Jonathan: The Big Garden Blog is about our lives here in the Outer Hebrides, our experiences, and our feelings – all of which vary enormously from day to day, even hour to hour. It covers almost all aspects of our lives, from the morning routine to the life-changing news, from shit-shovelling to shoe-shopping, from musing on the past to discovering new music. The subjects and mood are dictated by the seasons, the weather and the circumstances, and the tone can fluctuate from the prosaic to the poetic, the pragmatic to the principled, and from dogamatic certainty to down-right silliness. It’s our life, all of a jumble and struggling to find a sense of itself, not a finely tailored take on life, honed to please a particular target readership. You, dear reader, might not like all you find here! (No really, one or two have told us so! And, anyway, we’re not sure we like it all ourselves – or even, at times, any of it at all!) Truth be told, at times, we go right off the idea of blogging at all, and resolve to give it up. In fact we’ve done just that – several times! If you don’t like a particular page we’ve written, we hope you’ll call by another time and see whether there’s something that you do find interesting or enjoyable – or both. You never know, it might even turn out to be the very thing you previously rejected! Before you go, we need to tell you this: Everything on this blog site is written by just me, Jonathan. Stories credited to Denise are ghost-written for her, with her knowledge, and cover topics and events specific to Denise or from her own perspective. Denise is a person of fewer words than me, with clearer focus, more prosaic rather than poetic … and, more to the point, she’s too busy with other things to write them herself! In writing posts for Denise, I attempt to give them her voice, but – apparently – is not very successful in doing so!