A Letter to WordPress

Red Red Rose

Red Red Rose

When my kids were young I read a few books on parenting and psychology. There I learnt that you are supposed to praise your child nine times for every one time you tell them off!

No-one does this; but I started making an effort. Instead of just taking it for granted that they would sit quietly reading a book, for example, I started saying, “You’re sitting there very quietly. Well done!” Or, “Thank you for helping me take the dishes out.” It definitely made a difference to the child; instead of only being reprimanded; to also be praised.

I do this to my dogs now, especially Little Monkey, oh she of little brain. I have taught her not to come charging into the house like a whirlwind, but rather to enter calmly and sit down on her mat straight away. Even after eight years, I still praise her when she does this, and say, “On your mat! Good girl!”

In similar vein, I have to say to Word.press, “Well done!” It seems you have listened to us; the bloggers.

I have noticed that your new Stats page is no longer one long scroll down, but the information is now presented side by side.

I have noticed that you have added a lot more information to the stats, to make it more in line with the old stats page.

I have noticed further, that your new notifications, that got such a bad rap when launched, has improved ten fold. It now indicates when we have replied to a comment, and more recently, a bar has appeared at the top that we can click on to select individually: “All, Unread, Follows, Comments and Likes.”

Since I have complained in the past about things on Word.press, it is only fair that I also now praise WP for a job well done. Thank You. Three Cheers for WP.

And it still costs me nothing!

 

 

55 thoughts on “A Letter to WordPress

  1. Lucy

    Yeeees! They are finally on the right track. The previous changes were horrible. I hated to scroll through the stats page. Sometimes they sacrifice functionality for looks…such a pity.

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  2. ady

    I agree,I saw them today and I liked the improved notification too 😀 Cheers to WP 🙂 And many thanks to WP team for working so hard on it. Thank you Sci for signifying the importance of offering Thanks 😀

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      1. ady

        Sadly,I too have been in the guilty party as well but when I realize,because of their creation I started this fabulous journey,my heartfelt thanks to them 😀

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  3. Photo Granny

    I have even fewer followers, but like you, I find I like the ones I have. It’s nice to look forward to hearing something from one of them (you) when I post something. I see you have some regular commenters and they’d get lost in the crowd if you had a lot more. It feels like a little community. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

    Nice write-up about what you now like of WordPress. I’m sure it’s rare that they get kudos for a job well done. As you said, people are more apt to complain.

    Happy Saturday!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes you are right – I prefer to have only enough feedback that I can respond to – else I’d be on here all day! – with my very slow internet! The Community is what it is all about for me 🙂
      Thanks for your visit and comment 🙂

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  4. Midwestern Plant Girl

    Great job praising ‘she of little brain’ haha! I say that about my Oreo.
    I also love your WP praise. Was that a WP staff member comment above me there? Cool!
    I’m very content with the service I get for the $99 I drop them a year. They answer questions lickitysplit and listen to my/our gripes pretty quickly. AND make those changes.
    I’m lucky, I know HTML, the crazy Web language, and can fix things in the ‘text’ side of the post writer. Still learning CSS. The other language.
    Although I generally read on my phone, I have gone to your site and have not seen ads. Maybe ‘cuz I pay, they omit them? Where do you see them?
    You CAN have ads purposely put on your site and I think you may get $.00001 per click. This is why peeps want traffic to their site, they will earn more $$. To some WP is an outlet, therapy, family outreach, dream… but to some, it’s a moneymaker!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Rachel Squirrel works for Automattic/WP if that is who you mean in the comments?
      I don’t have ads myself – far too little traffic – and I don’t blog for money – which is just as well! 🙂
      I’m also very happy with the ease of using WP, as I am fairly computer illiterate! 🙂

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  5. colinandray

    Agree …………….. with everything! It’s not too often that “something for nothing” is impressive, but I think WP did a great job for us bloggers. Now can someone tell me how to take advantage of the $30.00 “no advertising” option? Whenever I click the links I end with total upgrade options which costs rather more!

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      1. colinandray

        So far I’ve only tried their on-line “interrupt” help. They have to get back to me.Perhaps I should try email and at least have a record of the request. Good thought. Thx.

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    1. Midwestern Plant Girl

      Ray, I do almost 99% of my WP reading on my phone app and I see no ads. I’m curious, are these ads on your site? Or do you see them on other’s sites? I’ve paid $99 for the year to get a non WP site address.

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      1. colinandray

        Hi MPG: Ray can’t answer (he’s the dog!). I’m Colin! All I see on my site are empty ad boxes with the comment that visitors may see ads there. This was confirmed by a “local blog visitor” and the ads were really “cheap”! If I can block all ads for a reasonable cost, I certainly would as it kind of takes something away from the Postings so when I saw a link to do just that for $30.00…………. great! Sadly the link goes to upgrade packages, none of which are $30.00! I have not at this time questioned it with WP, but will be doing so if I can’t work it out!

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      2. colinandray

        I am assuming that the Ad boxes are always empty when viewed by the site owner, but may be filled when viewed by a visitor. I am assuming that this is simply the price of a free blog site. I am assuming that the “pay sites” may have no ads built-in (given that you have paid for an improved site). Lots of assumptions eh?

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      3. scifihammy Post author

        I have visited my site “incognito” as it were, and seen no ads. i am sure i am too small a fish 🙂 However, I have no problem with WP recouping some of its costs this way.
        Good Luck with your quest! 🙂

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      4. Midwestern Plant Girl

        Forgive me about the Ray thing. I follow many blogs that are written by the dogs. Not the human 😉
        I’ll have to check the ‘puter next time to see what I see on your site.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I am sure your stats are fine? 🙂
      Tho I did get a little despondent myself, with the Annual stats in December, when I compared mine with someone else who had started their blog when I did, and I had 6000 views – and they had 180,000!!
      Then I thought about it a bit, and I like to “know” my followers, which is surely not possible if you have thousands?
      I am sure those if us who follow you LS, enjoy your posts and songs very much 🙂

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      1. ladysighs

        I know. It would be impossible to do more than a drive through with that many views and followers. 😦
        I’m thinking of doing a little series on blogging. LOL

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  6. Garfield Hug

    Good on you Sci for praising your children, dogs including WP! You are a big hearted person as not many would take the effort to do so. I do shower praise on my underlings as I have no kids nor live animals for pets. Ha ha….I praise my inanimate fur ball Garfield too but hey people may think I am a loon for doing that. LOL! But truth of the matter is, I feel good saying nice things. 😊

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      I think the recipient also feels good on being praised sometimes, and not always shredded! I am certain your underlings are very grateful to you 🙂 – And Garfield of course 🙂

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