Credit Where Credit Is Due

4E213B32-FB7C-45F1-A256-B30D39BC4EB2At the beginning of this month I downloaded an update to the WordPress app for my iPhone. Unfortunately, as I wrote in this post, there was a bug in the update that prevented me from using the app to “like” other bloggers’ posts from the reader.

When I clicked on “Visit” from within the app’s reader, it took me to the blogger’s post, but the “Like,” “Reblog,” and “Share this” buttons were nowhere to be found. But if I logged into WordPress via the Safari or Chrome browsers on my iPhone or the Chrome browser on my laptop, they were all there.

I opened a support ticket with WordPress and, after explaining the issue and sending multiple screenshots, I was told that the Happiness Engineers were unable to replicate the bug. Too bad, so sad.

Finally, about nine days later, I received an email saying that they had finally replicated the problem. I was pleased to find out that I was neither crazy nor technically incompetent.

That was the good news. The bad news was that the email went on to say, “We can’t promise a time frame for when the team will look at this or how it will be prioritised, that will depend on other projects the team are working on as well as their priorities. It’s on our radar, however!” Sheesh!

Well, I’m pleased to say that this tale of woe has a happy ending. I downloaded the latest update to the WordPress iOS app yesterday and the case of the missing buttons has been fixed!

So, in the interest of giving credit where credit is due, I’m using this post as a way of saying thank you to the Happiness Engineers who — eventually, anyway — fixed the bug.

#FOWC — Mirth and Melancholy

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Sometimes things just work out. For my One-Word Challenge today, I selected the word “melancholy.” It means “a gloomy state of mind, especially when habitual or prolonged; depression; a feeling of pensive sadness, typically with no obvious cause.”

I know the cause of my melancholy, but I promised myself I wouldn’t mention Donald Trump today. Oh wait. I just did. Dammit.

But back to my point. Another daily one-word challenge selected the word “mirth.” Mirth means “gladness or gaiety as shown by or accompanied with laughter.”

So, the two daily word prompts today used words that essentially are the exact opposite, one meaning sad and depressed and the other meaning happiness and laughter. I believe, in the nearly two months since those of us who have stepped into the gap left by demise of the WordPress Daily Prompt, this may be a first. Coincidence or serendipity?

Hmm. I wonder if tomorrow’s words might be “coincidental” (occurring or existing at the same time) and “serendipitous” (occurring or discovered by chance in a happy or beneficial way).


Written for today’s Word of the Day Challenge, “mirth,” and for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “melancholy.”

Wow!

Apparently when I was off entertaining our out-of-town visitors, this happened:img_1922I am totally blown away! And all I can say to those of you who follow my blog, especially to those who really follow my blog, is thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to read, like, and comment on my sometimes nonsensical flash fiction, my political rants, my weird takes on various prompts, and my periodic whining about the curse of technology glitches. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate you being here and interacting with me.

Pat yourselves on the back, bloggers. You are members of a great community. Thank you for welcoming me and accepting me. I’m honored to be just a small part of it.

THANK YOU!

Please Accept My Apology

img_1918I have been remiss. For the past week, I have not read many of your posts or participated in many of the writing prompts I typically respond to. I can’t even be 100% certain that I read all of the posts from those of you who have responded to my daily Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, though I did try. I have no doubt that I missed a few.

I do have a reasonably good excuse, though, as I explained in this post. I was on the go from early morning until bedtime, sneaking in a few minutes here or there, often while sitting on the toilet (TMI?) or in bed at night before being overtaken by sleep, to do some reading and occasional posting.

But now that my out-of-town guests, bless their hearts, are gone and I will recapture some discretionary time, I’m ready to jump back in with both feet. Yay!

That said, I feel like I’ve missed a lot of really great writing, photos, and prompts. Unfortunately, there’s just no feasible way for me to go back and read every post each of you who I follow has published over the past week.

So I’m going to ask you to do me a favor. Please choose one post you posted in the past week, one that I haven’t liked and/or comment on, and one that you think shouldn’t be missed. And once you’ve selected that post, put a link to it in the comments on this post.

I promise that I will read your posts and I’m so looking forward to catching up on at least some of what I missed.

Thanks.

One-Liner Wednesday — Deep Thoughts

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“It is better to speak profoundly to just one than to blather at a world of idiots.”

Suze who blogs at “Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood

Yesterday I wrote a post in which I bemoaned how my blog stats were recently in a nosedive. I admit that I was being a bit whiny, and that’s when Suze put me in my place. She commented, “It is better to speak profoundly to just one than to blather at a world of idiots…yes, you can quote me.”

To which, knowing that today, Wednesday, is Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt, I replied, “I just may do that. Stay tuned!”

I thought that Suze’s highly inspirational and motivational one-liner perfectly fit the bill for this prompt. I believe that Suze was telling me that

  1. I shouldn’t give quantity a higher priority than quality,
  2. most of my posts are nothing more than me blathering on about nothing,
  3. most of the people who read my blog are idiots,
  4. all of the above, or
  5. none of the above.

In any event, I thought Suze’s comment was, in and of itself, profound. Unfortunately, she has now set the bar quite high for me because I feel as though it’s incumbent upon me to come up with something profound to post about.

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