While I Was Sleeping

When I wake up in the morning, one of the first things I do is go to my WordPress app and check my stats to see how many views my blog got while I was sleeping. Typically, that number is between 85 and 120. But this morning I saw this.B301FCED-E6AC-494F-A483-E19788820D71Yes, that’s right. Almost 600 views, a number of views that is higher than what I usually get in total on an average day!

And then I saw this in my Reader.66F58CDC-9742-493F-98B5-3BBD1634C608464 hourly views when my normal hourly average is more like 22! What?

Of the 599 views when I awoke this morning, 306 were “Home Page/Archives,” and I noticed that a lot of the posts viewed were older ones. Only 60 of the views were of the three posts that I had scheduled to be published overnight.

I checked my Spam and Trash folder and there were a few posts in each, which all appeared to be legitimate spam and trash comments.

So either my blog has been hacked or there is yet another glitch in WordPress, this one dealing with how it tracks blog visits.

Is anyone else having an unusually high number of views showing up in your stats page today?

A Tricky Problem

49872735-bf2a-41f9-bae5-dac16d379442.jpegWhen we last discussed this issue a few days ago, I was pretty stoked. As I told you here, the WordPress happiness engineers finally acknowledged that my iOS app issue — the one with huge time gaps (3-6+ hours) in posts that show up in my Reader overnight — was not unique to me. They said, “This issue (or something similar) does appear to be affecting other people than just yourself.”

That was a relief. After all, WordPress boasts 75 million blogs on its platform, about half of which are on WordPress.com. I found it comforting to know that I wasn’t the only WordPress blogger out of 75 million (or even out of 37.5 million) who was having this issue.

I was also encouraged to hear that, “Fixing this has been escalated to high priority for our developers….” Great! Help is on the way.

But as John Wayne was wont to say, “Not so fast, Pilgrim.” Today I received another message from WordPress.

“I wanted to update you on the progress of this fix. I have checked in with our developers who have confirmed there is currently no ETA for this fix yet, but it’s something we are aware of and is high priority to get resolved.

However, this is a tricky problem to solve because it’s hard to pin down the exact steps to replicate the problem. We are continuing to do our best to work on this, and hope to have a solution for this as soon as possible.”

No ETA for a fix? A tricky problem? You want the exact steps to replicate this problem? Simple:

  1. Pick up an iPhone 8 Plus that has the latest version of Apple’s iOS installed.
  2. Go to the App Store and install the WordPress app for iOS.
  3. Follow about 175 bloggers, most of whom post multiple times a day.
  4. Go to bed.
  5. Wake up in the morning, reach for your iPhone, open the WordPress app, and go to the Reader.
  6. Marvel at how you see a post from one of the bloggers you follow that was published 8 hours ago and the very next post you see in the Reader was published 3 hours ago.
  7. Go to your web browser on your iPhone, log into WordPress from said browser, and then go to your Reader.
  8. Marvel at all of those missing posts in that 5 hour gap that aren’t showing up in the Reader on the WordPress iOS app, but which are miraculously showing up in the Reader in the browser.
  9. Get really pissed that this has been going on for at least six months and the happiness engineers at WordPress have no clue how to resolve this “tricky problem.”

I’m Not Alone!

08ADF090-F175-4F01-BFF1-88C78C366D28And I’m not crazy, either. For the past six months I have been complaining regularly to the Happiness Engineers at WordPress about a multiple hour gap in the Reader on my WordPress iOS app for my iPhone. Here’s the the post from last October in which I first raised the issue.

On Saturday I got an email from Anna, one of the WordPress Happiness Engineers. She wrote:

“I have taken a closer look into all of this and this issue (or something similar) does appear to be affecting other people than just yourself.”

Woo hoo! It’s not just me. I feel vindicated. It’s a total and complete exoneration! But I do wonder what she meant by “something similar.” It’s either the same issue or it’s different.

“Fixing this has been escalated to high priority for our developers and it’s looking like there should be a fix for this coming in the next app version released. I am checking in with our development team to confirm that now, and I may not hear back until after the weekend.”

Well, I’ve waited this long, I suppose I can wait a few more days for the next app update to get this frustrating glitch resolved.

“Once I can confirm the progress that’s being made on identifying and fixing this problem, and when we are likely to see a result, I will get back in touch with more information for you. Thank you for your continued patience while we have been investigating this frustrating and unusual problem.”

Wait! If others are having this same issue, why did she call it an “unusual problem”?

Hmm. Based upon my past experience, I don’t think I’ll be holding my breath.

Disappearing Act

0DE6ADF4-60C2-41F7-8BD4-590D9C849F68I received a rather strange and disturbing email via my contact page from a blogger I follow, Marilyn Armstrong, over at Serendipity.

“Haven’t heard from you in weeks. You mad at me?” she wrote.

I didn’t know why the real Marilyn would send that, since I read her blog almost religiously, click like on most of her posts, and comment on many of them. I thought maybe someone had spoofed her email, and that if I clicked on her embedded link, I’d be the victim of malware.

So I reached out to Marilyn, who informed me that the email was, indeed, from her. She responded by telling me that she hadn’t seen any comments from me since early April.

What? The only explanation is that my comments were disappearing somewhere in cyberspace or getting hijacked in the blogosphere.

You know, I’ve seen other bloggers complain that their pingbacks weren’t working or that their comments weren’t showing up, but I didn’t realize it was happening to my comments as well.

So if you suddenly happen to notice my absence in you comments section, it might be due to some glitch in WordPress.

Just wanted to let you know. In case, you know, you missed me.