SoCS — The Year in Review

B6DE1368-B4DA-43CC-9E2C-752AF907A35ALinda G. Hill gave us the word “year” for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. Even though, including today, there are still four days left to this year, I decided to take this opportunity to offer up my top 10 posts of 2019. I’m doing this now because I’ve got surgery scheduled for Monday, December 30th and I don’t know, assuming I survive the surgery, when I’ll be recuperated enough to get back to my blog.

But, surgery aside, this list is not a qualitative one. It’s strictly quantitative, listing my 10 posts that received the most views in 2019, exclusive of any of my prompt posts (e.g., FOWC with Fandango). So here we go with the top 10:

#1. Remember last summer when a website called Tygpress was harvesting our posts and, without our permission, was publishing them on its own site? Well, my post, Tygpress.com, garnered 669 views this year.

#2. I guess a lot of people wanted to know more about Fandango because my Who Am I page got 566 views.

#3. When I created a badge for people to put on their posts so it would show up on posts harvested by Tygpress, my Feel Free to Use This Badge post was viewed 547 times.

#4. My post, Thoughts and Prayers My Ass, was a screed about mass shootings in the U.S. and how having politicians sending out their thoughts and prayers while refusing to enact common sense gun laws is totally useless. That post received 333 views.

#5. Another post related to mass shootings was Do People Really Believe This Shit? This post was about a state senator in Ohio who blamed the breakdown of the traditional American family, recreational marijuana, homosexual marriage, drag queen advocates, violent video games, open borders, kneeling athletes, and ignoring the importance of God and the church for gun violence in America. 244 people read it.

#6. Donald Trump, in a tweet, accused two freshman U.S. congressional representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, of hating Israel and all Jewish people. 239 people read my post They Hate All Jews.

#7. This post, We Did It! — Maybe, was yet another post about Tygpress, but this was one to announce that our efforts to stop that site from harvesting the posts of WordPress bloggers had paid off when Tygpress shut down its site. Yay! The post received 196 views.

#8. Remember when WordPress used to have its daily word prompts? Well, my post, Snidely Whiplash, which was originally posted in 2018 but got more views (187) this year than in 2018, was written in response to the prompt word “cur.”

#9. A few of the on-air personalities at Fox News reported that liberals “want to change the name Thanksgiving. They don’t want to use the term Thanksgiving.” So of course when Donald Trump, who always watches Fox News, saw the story, he started tweeting about this bogus assertion. 166 people wanted to learn more about this so-called War on Thanksgiving.

#10. In my post WTF Blogger? I complained (or some might say whined) about the fact that I was unable to “like” the posts of Blogger bloggers who read, liked, and/or commented on my posts on WordPress. I also pointed out how difficult, if not impossible, it was for a non-Blogger blogger (i.e., a WordPress blogger), to leave a comment on a Blogger blogger’s posts. This post received 160 views.

There you have it: Fandango’s 10 most viewed posts in 2019 through midnight last night.

How about all of you? I’d love to learn about your 10 most popular posts for this year. Publish your own top 10 list and link back to this post.

While I Was Sleeping

I picked up my iPhone and opened up the WordPress app when I first woke up this morning, as I am wont to do. I went to my stats page and this is what I saw:Blank Stats pageWTF? Where are my stats? I clicked on “Weeks,” “Months,” and “Years.” No stats! Shit, did WordPress somehow misplace my stats? My posts?

I opened up my Safari browser, logged into WordPress.com, and went to my stats page.AA58C03B-F5DD-4C59-87E7-A1B83F6024D7Ah, that’s more like it. But what’s the deal with the WordPress app for iOS?

So I went to the App Store on my iPhone and checked to see if there was a recent update to the WordPress app. Sure enough, the app automatically updated sometime overnight while I was sleeping.BA980EAB-98E0-46AF-A8A3-D3600A579A47Sheesh, WordPress, I appreciate that you guys want to keep your app for the iPhone up-to-date, but don’t you ever test it before releasing the updates?

Okay, I guess it’s time to reach out to the Happiness Engineers…again!

Chip Off the Old Block

I’m using the WordPress block (aka Gutenberg) editor for the very first time, since I’ve been having issues with the Visual editor in the “classic” mode in my iPhone’s browser. So far, I find it not at all intuitive and very confusing. I hope that I’ll be able to revert to the “classic” mode at the end of this experiment. But, I’m going to give it a shot nonetheless.

Now I’m going to try to post an image.

6e6146f3-4544-4466-b34c-082dc3d7ac1cWell, that seemed to work, although, because I’m using an iPhone, my screen doesn’t look like either of those two images in the graphic above.

4b1f98d2-ebd4-47c3-8ca8-6c0787fe6511So the next thing I tried to do was preview what my block editor post looked like. I tapped the “Preview” button on the top right of the screen. But instead of seeing a preview of my post so far, this is what I saw.73E676A9-7877-41BC-96C5-58FAB4E23A12It has taken me about three hours so far to compose this post, which is ridiculous. So I’m going back to the “classic” mode will finish this post using the HTML editor. It’s not as easy to use as the classic Visual editor, but at least I know what I’m doing, which I don’t when using the block editor.

That way I can finish this post, preview it, and publish it.

Finally!

Who Won The Week? 9/29/19

10CC3057-4EEA-4C80-B8C1-700C0FC6C906It’s time for another Who Won the Week prompt. The idea behind Who Won the Week is for you to select who you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

My pick for this week is technology.Technology I chose technology this week in the sense of a zero-sum game. A zero-sum game is a situation in which one person or group can win something only by causing another person or group to lose it. And this past week, technology won and Fandango lost.

I spent hours on Monday, as I posted here, about my battle with Comcast. I spent the bulk of last Monday trying to resolve a significant performance degradation in my internet speeds after Comcast magnanimously “enhanced” my internet speeds for free. The good news is that, after more than six hours, that problem finally got resolved.

Not so yesterday, though, when I spent another six or seven hours trying to resolve an issue that surfaced after I installed iOS 13 on my iPhone, as well as the latest update to the WordPress app for iOS, which I wrote about here. In the end, the issue that surfaced and prompted my rant, remains unresolved.

I did get a suggestion from a fellow blogger, who commented,

“So I went in to the editor on WP.com and I was in the new block editor. When I went back to the classic editor I was able to duplicate your situation. Back to the other editor, all is well. See what happens when you change your editor on your iOS device in Safari’s wp.com.”

My response was

“I’ve been trying to bypass the block editor because I hear it’s kind of cumbersome and harder to use. But maybe I will have to give it a shot.”

So bottom line, this past week I was beaten down by technology and technology won.

And if any of you have thoughts and/or suggestions about the WordPress block editor, I’d love to hear from you.

And now it’s your turn, folks. Who (or what) do you think won the week?

If at First You Don’t Succeed, Give Up

Warning, unless you’re kind of geeky, you may want to not bother reading this post. It’s a rant about technology.

In order to try to fix my Visual Editor issues (see this post and this post) that surfaced after I downloaded iOS 13 for my iPhone, I did some good, old fashioned research on the internet and came across this article.0CEF3D35-FA4E-4DEC-A88B-FBE20009B720The good news is that, following the directions in that article,  I successfully rolled back the iOS install and reinstalled iOS 12.4.1 on my iPhone. And the better news is that I’m composing this post on the Safari browser in WordPress.com and it’s working exactly the way it did before I installed iOS 13. Yay!

But the bad news is that the reinstall of iOS 12.4.1 used a backup image of my iPhone from November 2017, almost two years ago. So any apps I had downloaded since November 2017 were missing. And for all of the other apps I loaded onto my iPhone since then, I am basically having to start from scratch.

It just wasn’t worth it. So I decided to reinstall iOS 13.1.1. Fortunately, I had saved a backup of my iPhone on iCloud right before I rolled back to 12.4.1, so when I reinstalled 13.1.1, my entire iPhone was restored, including all of my apps.

And the one thing I learned, now that I’m back to the new iOS, is that the issue with the WordPress Visual Editor in my iPhone’s web browser is also back, and it’s apparently the fault of Apple’s new iOS, and is not due to WordPress.

Bottom line, after spending virtually all afternoon and into the evening doing the rollback and the reinstall, I’m right back to where I was before I started. Talk about a huge waste of time!

Rant over.