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 — Senior Moments and Brain Farts

84B9DF16-EF78-4F3D-BFF0-450872F83CE6I just realized that I had a senior moment yesterday — probably one of many senior moments I had yesterday — and forgot to respond to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge for the word “curtail.” And since I’m Fandango, that’s just embarrassing.

When I told my wife about yesterday’s brain fart, she suggested that perhaps I need to curtail the amount of time I spend each day on WordPress.

“I object!” I said. “I’ll curtail the amount of time I spend on WordPress if you’ll do the same on Twitter.” She quickly demurred. She is easily as addicted to Twitter as I am to WordPress.

And speaking about WordPress, the problem I posted about a few days ago in this post regarding the most recent WordPress update for the iOS app, remains unresolved. Seems that the Happiness Engineers have been unable to replicate the issue. Yet it continues unabated when I use the app.

Apparently they believe that problem I’m having with their app is my fault. Perhaps they think I’m just experiencing more senior moments — or too many brain farts.

I’m tempted, since Automatic, the company behind WordPress, is headquartered in San Francisco, to go to their offices, hand them my iPhone, and refuse to leave until they fix the bug!

Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “object.”

Broke It Again

32102166-ADB2-4EE0-B5E3-F635F5E1DDACYesterday I downloaded (or uploaded — I know there’s a difference but I’m not sure which is which) the latest update to the WordPress app for iOS. And now, when I am in my reader and go to “Visit” a post I find there, in many cases the “Like” button is missing.

I can still “like” a post if I tap the star in my reader. But not when I click on “Visit.” On most posts, anyway.

6B8FF556-4461-41C1-BFB6-8413253D22D0Is it just me? Does this happen only on the iPhone app or are those of you with Android phones also experiencing this? What about on Windows or Mac laptops?

I opened up a help ticket with WordPress, so now I’m holding my breath waiting for an answer an answer from on of the Happiness Engineers.

Just kidding! I don’t really expect an answer. Here’s one answer I received to my last ticket:


[Point of information: I pay for the “Personal” plan. I would think that should account for something.]

So? Anyone else having this issue?

#FOWC — Too Much of a Good Thing

9C3AEA06-CB6B-4D42-AA3E-02996E3E8DBEToday marks the end of the first full month of Fandango’s One-Word Challenge. WordPress published its final Daily Prompt on May 31 and I decided that I would pick up the baton and run with it. Or the gauntlet or whatever it is you pick up to accept a challenge.

Not surprisingly, I wasn’t the only blogger who decided to jump in and fill the vacuum that the folks at WordPress left. There are at least a half a dozen other bloggers (or teams of bloggers) besides me who have entered the daily prompt game.

One blogger, Judy Dykstra-Brown over at Lifelessons, published a poem the other day about what she refers to as the waterfall of prompts that greet bloggers every morning and how we are scrambling to fill all the demands of the plethora of prompts.

There are so many daily one-word prompts now that many bloggers have taken to writing responses using multiple daily prompts in a single post. My blogging buddy, Jim Adams over at A Unique Title For Me, usually incorporates anywhere from six to ten prompts in his daily prompt response posts. And it’s not unusual for other bloggers to include two, three, four, or more daily prompts in their posts.

So this begs the question, how much is too much? Managing a daily one-word prompt is not easy. It takes time and effort to choose good words to use, to post the prompts, to read all of the responses to the prompts, and to write my responses to my own daily one-word prompts. All while trying to keep up with the other prompts I regularly respond to and to continue to rant about Donald Trump.

I admit that hosting FOWC has done wonders for my stats. My blog got more that twice as many views this month as it did in March, my previous high month for page views. But do you really need or want all of these daily prompts hanging over your head each day? Would your lives be easier if there were a few fewer daily prompts to deal with?

Today, a blogger, Pensitivity101, who participates in my One-Word Challenge, wrote, “Well, here we are on Day 30 of Fandango’s word challenge, and long may it continue.”

So I have to ask myself if I should continue posting Fandango’s One-Word Challenge each day. It is, as I said, a lot of work. But at the same time, I really do enjoy doing it.

Let me pose the same question to you. Would you like me to continue with this daily prompt or would you prefer that I do what the folks at WordPress did and hang it up?

Let me know what you think.

Written for today’s Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, “continue.”

And in the End….

7E434961-86DF-4E33-ACC2-074D1CC8FBE8So this is the last “official” WordPress daily one-word prompt. It’s fitting that today’s word is “retrospective,” which means “an exhibition or compilation showing the development of the work of a particular artist over a period of time.”

I have been participating in this daily prompt pretty much since I started the blog last May. If you want to view a retrospective of my responses to these prompts — and you have nothing better to do with your valuable time — go to my Tag Cloud and click on “one-word prompt.” It’s pretty large. You can’t miss it.

But, as they say, all good things must come to an end. The past is the past and it’s time to look to the future. Whatever will be will be. And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

Okay, Fandango. Enough with the trite and barely applicable platitudes.

I image that there are going to be quite a few bloggers who are going to attempt to make up for this abandonment and betrayal from WordPress by starting their own daily prompts.

Well, starting tomorrow I’m going to be one of those bloggers. I’m calling it “Fandango’s One-Word Challenge,” or FOWC for short. I will choose a word and write a post built around that word.

If you’d like to FOWC with me, please feel free to do so. Be sure to tag your post #FOWC and link it back to my daily FOWC.

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