Houston – It’s All Your Fault!!

Daisy Daisy

Daisy Daisy

I am humbled.

The other week I published my post in the afternoon, and then was busy doing other stuff. When I checked on my blog later, I found not one single “like” or “comment”.

Now, I did not expect this particular post to be popular (It was the Abstract Sundial – which actually later turned out to be way more popular than anticipated). Some posts will automatically get a lot of attention, maybe because it’s a nice photo of flowers, or sunsets; yet other posts, which may take me a great deal of time to prepare, pass by quietly unnoticed, as a ship in the night!

Still, no “likes” at all? So I went to my WP Reader, only to discover that the post was not there!

Back to my dashboard. Yes, it says it has published. Further investigation reveals that while it did publish, it was actually 4 days ago!

What was going on?

I have found this occasionally in the past. Apparently when I am working on a post in draft, and save it, WP gets its knickers in a twist and decides, all by itself, to set the post up as a schedule to publish. So when I press Publish, it has already entered this old arbitrary date of a previous edit, and there you go – my post is 4 days old, and no-one has ever seen it!

I changed the status back to Draft, re-scheduled it to Publish in 5 minutes time, and pressed Update.ย ย (Don’t forget this one either!)

Finally, my Abstract Sundial appeared in my WP Reader, and started receiving attention.

Still, it is a humbling experience to put to your creation out there and have it seemingly ignored. Certainly makes you stop taking things for granted!

 

39 thoughts on “Houston – It’s All Your Fault!!

  1. Photo Granny

    I enjoyed your “I’m Humbled” post a few days ago. I came back to it today to see the comments and was happy to see that Rachel at WordPress replied to you to explain the changes they’ve made.

    I, too, have had some issues, but they manifest themselves in a vague sense that things aren’t quite right. I hadn’t noticed anything specific though.

    I did see the new Dashboard periodically. Being a creature of habit and a “don’t fix what ain’t broke” proponent, I haven’t even used it. In fact, I wasn’t even so much aware that it was a new thing, but something I’d not noticed before. ๐Ÿ™‚

    So, thank you for posting. I learned several things today, and we got some good information from WordPress itself.

    Happy Sunday!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Glad it helped a bit. ๐Ÿ™‚ And I was happy to find out there were others out there who were battling too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am not alone ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Rachel M

    Perhaps I can write a comment about the reasoning behind the changes to WordPress at WordPress.com. The Dashboard area of WordPress – what we call WP Admin – hasn’t changed for years and it has some limitations. For instance, customisation isn’t that great and if you have lots of sites then you have a separate WP Admin area for each one. The people at WordPress.com have wanted to improve these things for some time but were limited by the old technology of WP Admin. So starting about a year ago we started to build a whole new Dashboard while retaining WP Admin alongside. The new Dashboard is still a work in progress and indeed it doesn’t yet have all the features of the old one but eventually we want something that is a one-stop shop for site management as well as offering superior customisation options for users – I’m talking about drag and drop type design options here too. There are many more changes yet to come as the system evolves – in part thanks to all the feedback we get from users.

    We know that lots of users prefer WP Admin and that’s absolutely fine and people are free to continue using it for as long as they like. There are no plans to phase it out. But we’d also love people to try the new system and report feedback to us that we can pass onto our designers and developers so that we can make it better. But the feedback needs to be specific and not simply, “I hate the new admin area”. Explain what it is you don’t like about the new Dashboard and suggestions for improvement are even better.

    How to contact us? The support forums is a good place to discuss the changes and there have been quite a few threads there about it already but feel free to start another if you have something to say – http://en.forums.wordpress.com

    For bugs and things that just aren’t working right you can email us at help@wordpress.com

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thanks so much for all this info Rachel. It does explain things more to us. I’ll refer people to it – or if I am able, add it to my post today ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Garfield Hug

    Me too!!! Frustrating!! I kept voting on I prefer the old stats page and classic dashboard. I use both android phone and laptop. I think they are trying to suit mobile handheld devices and ipads ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, that is exactly what I did, and what I think. Now, in this new notification, it does not indicate when you have replied to someone, just that you have read it. Frustrating, as you have to go to each and everyone over and over.
      And although I do not have that many comments compared to a lot of bloggers, it is still too time consuming, and I am bound to miss some.

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  5. Rachel M

    That’s really strange because I don’t use the Reader. Instead I get posts emailed to me and I don’t think that post of yours was emailed for some reason. Does this happen when you create a new post in the new editor (the beep beep boop)?

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I don’t use the new editor. But I did receive an email when I republished my post. I am not the only one that experiences problems.
      If you want to know what others think of the “new improved” WP you could read all the comments on this “Houston” post, or maybe tell someone else in Automattic who may be in charge of this part of WP. We bloggers don’t know who to talk to ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. mistermuse

    I have the opposite problem – “likes” appear on my own posts, but often when I go to other posts (such as yours), there are no “likes” and no “like” button to click. Usually I can get around this by going to another computer (as I had to do here to access the “likes”), or sometimes it works if I wait awhile and try my own computer again. It’s frustrating because I don’t know what the problem is: my computer, my minimal computer skills, WP, or what!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw, thank you so much for taking the time to “like” my post! I heard this same problem from another follower once. I have no idea if it’s my side or what – as my own post appears in my WP reader no problem, with like and comment buttons.
      I am really battling with this new notification – streaming down in one big pile of info. And I refuse to accept it might be my age!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    2. Rachel M

      This sounds like a browser issue. One thing you can try is clearing the browser cache :
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clearing-your-browser-cache

      A couple of other things to check:
      1) Third-party cookies are enabled:
      http://en.support.wordpress.com/third-party-cookies/

      2) Make sure you’re using the latest version of one of our supported browsers:
      http://browsehappy.com

      Sometimes it just helps to refresh the page. If the problem persists then try using a different web browser if you’ve got one just to verify that it’s the browser causing issues.

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  7. Aditix

    Haha, you experience so much strange here. ๐Ÿ™‚ But it`s easy to get confused with all those silly changes they are making all the time. I hate them, I wished they stopped messing up what was fine. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  8. pensitivity101

    I’ve got a few posts with no comments and likes too, but put it down to some you win, some you lose. Maybe this is why I’m seeing a lot of bloggers reblogging their earlier posts. Must confess I do refer back to some of my earlier stuff.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, I have also noticed posts being republished. Things do seem to have become way complicated! Maybe your posts also went somewhere else in the ‘ether’!

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  9. ladysighs

    This happened to me too. But it seems to only happen if I use the NEW and IMPROVED ( ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ) draft maker. It schedules things automatically I think. So I always use the old dependable one which doesn’t auto schedule.
    At least that is my experience. Seems sometimes everything is different for others. I hate the way the notices are coming in now too. I feel bad if I miss a comment or a like and don’t respond for days. oh well ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I think everyone is experiencing the same frustrations! We are all missing comments and likes. Now how do we communicate this to WP?
      btw I always use the old Dashboard and Stats pages, but if the New one also does it, there’s no hope.

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        oic! ๐Ÿ™‚ This is what I keep telling myself – I get all this for free ๐Ÿ™‚ But I also want to keep having a pleasant blogging experience ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. ady

    I tried using it from phone,and now I can’t see any comment,likes or anything except that tiny dot on the bell ! And on PC,it is indefinite scroll ! I can’t see what is new,what is old,what I have already replied to,in short it is just opposite of user friendly,when I started WP 5 months back,it was sooo awesome ! And the problem that happened with you,it happened so many times with me as well , I don’t feel like checking the notification anymore !

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I have a feeling that WP changes are to make it more usable on a phone? But I really battle, like you, with seeing what’s what now in the notifications!

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      1. Crooked Tracks

        I tried to use my phone and it was a disaster! It kept saying it wouldn’t post. And I couldn’t write any comments either. The best way for me is using the old fashioned forms with my laptop. I try to ignore all the WP new changes ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. scifihammy Post author

        haha I don’t have a smart phone, so it’s all on my trusty old laptop. Maybe if enough of us insist on using the old ways, WP will relent ๐Ÿ™‚

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      3. ady

        lol !! They should have considered the chaos and protests during status change ! ๐Ÿ˜€ If they are making it phone friendly then it’s more like facebook walls when people drop a few lines and then likes and comments follow ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. faburlifekhloe

    I don’t know why WP keeps changing all the settings when it is actually harder to use. I remember all the settings looked perfectly fine to me few months back and all of the sudden they just keep changing it for no reason ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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    1. pensitivity101

      Oh you are so right! I hate the new look, upgraded super duper WP. It’s confusing and more difficult to use. It wasn’t broke, so why did they feel the need to fix it? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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