Is This Really Necessary?

I understand that the folks who bring us WordPress have to make money. And since many bloggers take advantage of the fact that WordPress makes its site available for free, one way for the company to make money is by placing advertisements at the end of people’s posts.

But one would hope that those ads would not be disgusting to see. Unfortunately, that doesn’t appear to be the case. As evidence, I present you with this example of what I saw at the end of one blogger’s post this morning.F6EBACCA-47B7-4D4A-88F8-7B8C45B7FC34Eww! Jeez, WordPress, is displaying such a gross ad really necessary? I was drinking coffee when I saw this and almost did a spit take.

This is one of the reasons I opted to upgrade to a paid plan. It doesn’t cost that much (I think they start at $3 per month) and it eliminates all ads. I figured that was a small price to pay to not expose my readers to vomit-inducing advertisements. I’m not suggesting that others should opt for a paid plan. I’m just making you aware what other bloggers might see when they go to visit your site if you’re using the free plan.

Something to think about.

Adding Insult to Injury

9BC1D069-73AC-47EB-AE93-0CD86E667F58I downloaded the lasted update to the WordPress app for iOS and was greeted with the normal graphical representation that shows how poorly my blog is doing in terms of views. But the so-called Happiness Engineers at WordPress also gifted me with some in-your-face statistics showing that my blog has received 42% fewer views today than it did yesterday. All I need, according to this new addition to the display of stats, is 151 more views today to match yesterday’s views, which, incidentally, were 144 views fewer (down 29%) than the day before that. That’s kind of depressing.

Come on, WordPress. Is it really necessary to give these stats in addition to the chart that tells me that nobody is reading my posts. I don’t like it. Not one bit.

And you call yourselves Happiness Engineers. Yeah, right.

SoCS — Social Media

EBC12785-8450-4D80-BC71-D3ED16E075FFLinda G. Hill has assigned us the word “social” for today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. And that got me thinking about the fact that I’m not a very social person. It’s not that I’m antisocial, per se. But I have a very small real world social circle. And I have almost no presence on social media.

Yes, I do have a Facebook account and one on Instagram as well, but I only have them because my adult kids use them to post pictures about their adventurous and interesting lives. I lead neither an adventurous nor an interesting life, so I never post anything on either one.

I don’t do Twitter or Snapchat or Pinterest or any of the other so-called social media sites. I do, of course, use WordPress, but I call WordPress a blogging platform more so than a social media site.

Sure, I suppose one could argue that WordPress is a social media site because most bloggers who use WordPress feel they are part of a community of bloggers and interact with other bloggers by sharing posts and commenting on posts from others. But I don’t put WordPress in the same category as Facebook and Twitter.

And I must be right about that because I Googled “social media sites” and WordPress wasn’t listed as a social media site in any list I came across. But I did discover that there are tons of sites hawking plugins for WordPress. There are sites that explain “How to Turn Your WordPress Site Into a Social Network” or that inform you about the “10 Best Social Media Plugins for WordPress.”

But I’m not interested in turning my blog into a social media site. That said, I do enjoy being “sociable” with those whose blogs I follow and with those who follow my blog. So feel free to keep those comments coming!

WTF Blogger?

87F16EF0-7E93-4291-B36F-5BCED8510096I periodically receive comments on my posts from Blogger bloggers. And when I read their posts on Blogger, I would occasionally like to be able to “like” their posts, to post a comment, or even to follow their blogs. But I don’t know how!

I don’t see (or can’t find) anything that looks like a “like” button on Blogger. Neither can I find a way to indicate that I want to follow a Blogger blogger. And I can’t even figure out how to leave a comment on a Blogger’s posts.

When I attempt to comment on a Blogger’s post, I’m presented with this:9AA1F39D-9EA3-4449-A02A-01631625C9E5I can type in my comment, but since I don’t have a Google account for my blog, I have to, as shown above, select a “profile” by either entering my name and URL, or to post the comment anonymously. And so I select “Name/URL.”

That brings up this screen:F32A08F4-1572-48E1-8776-2447460C39E9I dutifully type in my name (Fandango) in the first field and my blog’s URL (fivedotoh.com) in the second field. But when I go to publish the comment, the comment disappears and nothing happens. Nada! Zippo! Where did my comment go?

So can anyone who is familiar with how Blogger works please explain to me, a WordPress blogger, how to “like,” follow, and/or comment on Blogger’s blog posts.

There’s got to be a way, right?

Thank You Prompters

BE65F13D-7CBE-4F53-AAC7-3A2AD753412D.jpegI want to diverge from my usual flash fiction posts or my anti-Donald Trump rants to honor those bloggers who have stepped into the gap that WordPress created 365 days ago when it stopped posting its Daily Prompt.

In addition to my own Fandango’s One-Word Challenge, I want to recognize Sheryl, who has her Your Daily Word Prompt, the team at Ragtag Community for their Ragtag Daily Prompt, and the team at The Word of the Day Challenge. They have been prompting us every single day over the past year to help us hone our writing skills and to provide fodder for our blogs.

Take it from me, coming up with a new word every single day that will inspire people to write creative, interesting, fascinating posts is challenging.

I really enjoy crafting together posts using the words that those who post these one-word prompts offer up each and every day. These daily prompts help to tickle the imaginations and to stimulate the creativity of me and my fellow bloggers. I am thankful for and indebted to those bloggers who have, like me, picked up the baton that WordPress dropped and have run with it for the past year.

And I am thankful to all of you, who have embraced my FOWC With Fandango prompt, as well as those of the other daily prompters. I think I speak for each of us that it’s your support that keeps us going.