J just can’t seem to settle to anything at the moment. He’s floundering about, a lot of activity but no results. Other than that J is not comfortable to be with. He can’t cope with things hanging in mid air, not knowing how they will fall, when or if, or – when they do, things will be as they should. He likes linearity: problem > thinking > activity > solution. Preferably thinking-with-activity. The WordPress updating problem has not resolved. We’re now paying for support, but all that seems to have come of that is J hunched over a computer into the small hours tinkering with this and that, and no solution in sight. Apparently Priority Support is more of a brand than a promise.
It’s very frustrating and demoralizing to know that the observation, thought-taking, creativity, technical know-how (though just now that seem more know-not!) and sheer dedication that go into our blogs is simply ignored by the WordPress Reader’s Followed Sites view (which, increasingly, seems to be how most folk catch up with our blogs). It makes us feel it’s just not worth bothering.
Meanwhile, with my mother’s passing, there’s many things needing doing that are – truth be told – more pressing and more important than blogging. Yet it is certainly true that, at times like this, that our blog seems all the more important to us.
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