I Don’t Know What I’m Missing

I’ve complained multiple times to the Happinesses Engineers at WordPress about problems with the Reader in the WordPress iOS app. But to no avail. The issue persists.

Once again, this morning I woke up to yet another big gap — this one a seven hour gap — between posts that showed up in my Reader this morning:0A087E00-BFD4-45FF-9733-0FBE488329FD

I’ve tried everything WordPress has suggested to resolve this issue: I refreshed the Reader, I logged out of, and then logged back into, the app. But nothing seems to address the problem.

So, my fellow bloggers, if it appears that I’m ingnoring your posts, not liking them and/or commenting on them, that’s just not the case. I’m just not seeing them in my Reader.

WTF WordPress?

8A371390-1E1E-46F7-8DB1-A7E9272C573DHere we go again. Back last October, I wrote this post in which I complained about a four hour time gap in the posts that showed up in my Reader overnight on my iOS app on my iPhone. When I contacted WordPress about the problem, its Happiness Engineers informed me that they were aware of the problem and were working to fix it. And, after a while, they did seem to fix it.

But the fix was short-lived. A month and a half ago, I wrote this post complaining, once again, about how, when I go to my Reader on my iPhone, that huge gap, now typically five hours, has returned.

Once again, the gap issue seemed to have been addressed. When I went to my Reader I’d see a message that said “Loading More Posts,” and then, lo and behold, the missing gap posts would be there.

But now, as of yesterday, it’s back yet again, as can be seen from the screenshot above. Only now the gap has grown to six hours!

I don’t know if each time WordPress makes an update to its iOS app, the problem magically resurfaces, but, as I said to WordPress the last time I complained about this, you need to “get your shit together, dammit.”

JusJoJan — How On Earth?

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For today’s Just Jot It January prompt, Linda G. Hill got her suggestion from Pamela over at Butterfly Sand. Pamela gave us the word “curiosity.

Speaking of curiosity, in a post the day before yesterday I wrote, “I blog exclusively from my iPhone.” That statement apparently piqued the curiosity of a few people who read it.

One blogger asked,

“How on earth do you manage to do all your blogging on an iPhone? I think I’d throw it out of the window after about 20 minutes!”

Another blogger wanted to know,

“How on earth do you blog on an iPhone, you must be young and type with your thumbs. I’m somewhat set in my ways and cannot conceive of trying to do it that way, I need a full size keyboard and a decent screen so my two finger typing can progress.”

So how on earth do I blog from my iPhone? Well, I’ll tell you. Before I retired at the end of 2016, I was somewhat of a road warrior. I traveled much of the time. Back in 1997, 22 years ago, my boss at the time handed me a BlackBerry device.

He said, “Fandango, you need to never be out of touch when you’re on the road. This BlackBerry will enable you to receive, respond to, and send emails immediately from wherever you’re traveling.”

And so began being connected to my job 24×7. I became quite adept at thumb typing on the tiny physical keyboard on my BlackBerry device. I could type out an email on it almost as fast as I could on my laptop.

In 2010 I migrated from the BlackBerry to an iPhone. I admit, it took me a while to adjust from the BlackBerry’s tiny physical keyboard to the iPhone’s tiny virtual keypad. But after a while I became pretty good at that, too. So using my iPhone to blog is not a big leap.

It also makes me more nimble. I don’t have to be sitting at a desk in order to read and write posts. I also don’t have to be lugging around a three-pound device that is way too big to fit into my pocket in order to blog. I wrote a post on the bus yesterday while on my way to the dentist. I’m writing this while sitting on the toilet. Actually that’s a lie. Or is it? You’ll never know.

I average, according to my iPhone’s screen time log, about 10 hours a day on my iPhone, about two-thirds of which is on WordPress. I probably spend fewer than 10 hours a month on my laptop.

I admit that touch typing on a full size keyboard on my laptop is probably faster and with fewer typos than using my iPhone’s virtual keypad. But the flexibility of using my always with me, wherever I am iPhone outweighs that. So, it’s just a matter of getting used to thumb typing. And I love being untethered.

Now if WordPress could just stop being so wonky and if Trump would be impeached, everything would be good with the world. My world, anyway.

I’m Getting Paranoid

8aa61d13-0ded-4a26-89e0-1dd06739d33cI went to my stats page first thing this morning, as I am wont to do, and saw that my “Contact Me” page had been viewed five times, which is unusual. So I logged on to the email account I have exclusively for my blog and I saw that I’d received two emails from bloggers who follow my blog and who are regular contributors to my daily FOWC With Fandango one-word challenge.

Both bloggers said that they were unable to create links or pingbacks to today’s challenge with the word “noble”. Yet pingbacks from several other bloggers worked fine.

I checked my spam file to see if those links from the two bloggers whose pingback didn’t work got marked as spam. But no, they weren’t in spam. Nor were they in the pending approval folder.

So to anyone who responded to my daily prompt today, but who was unable link back via a pingback, please go to my Contact Me page and let me know.

And to WordPress, WTF?

Does This Only Happen to Me?

I’ve written lately about some wonky things happening on the WordPress iOS app. Here, for example. And here, too.

As some of you know, I blog exclusively from my iPhone and I’ve noticed something a bit weird. On the WordPress app for the iPhone, when I’m looking through my Reader, I will see a post notification with a small, cropped image at the top, followed by the post’s title, and then the first few lines of the post. As in the illustration below:18264bf5-be5d-42bc-85d0-39ff3f48287bThere are two ways to view a post in my Reader. One is to tap the post’s title, which displays the post in Reader mode. The other is to tap the “Visit” icon at the bottom left, which will bring up the mobile-enabled view of the post. This shows the Reader view when I tap the post’s title:4e10783f-9a7b-432e-9157-154380e34f37Note the full image at the top of the post. But if, instead, I tap the “Visit” icon, here’s what I see:6a241377-88f2-4f5a-bb13-22a72eb0644dNo image at all! Nowhere in the post! Where did the image go?

Maybe it’s the fact that I’m using an iPhone instead of a laptop. But why, I wonder, does the image show up in the Reader version and not in the mobile version of the post?

I’m sorry if I’m coming across like a bit of a whiner, but I’m curious if the images you see in your Reader don’t always show when you go visit the actual post. Or does this only happen to me?