Sometimes Desperate Measures Must Be Taken Back

Note to my readers: As some of you already know, I got frustrated with WordPress the other day, because during a series of comments and replies with another blogger, I had an inspired moment that resulted in a free flowing and imaginative reply that was totally spontaneous, funny and really fun for me to write. But even though my reply was part of an ongoing thread, Akismet filtered it out as spam and caused my reply to vanish.

This wouldn’t have irritated me as much as it did, if it was just an isolated incident. But as most of us here at WordPress know, during an ongoing series of numerous upgrades of the site across the last several weeks, there have been many glitches and problems, and more than a few bloggers have been getting frustrated as a result.

The result of my irritation was to write a satirical post aimed at WordPress, with a sarcastic theme about the numerous problems caused by the repeated attempts at innovation.

I wrote a parody that portrayed WordPress as a pair of hyperactive and bratty four year old boys, who constantly go around the house and break things, by taking them apart and then trying to put them back together in new ways, with the end result being that the things taken apart and reassembled, no longer work as well as they did before, or don’t work at all.

Now, after a couple days of distance from how I was feeling when I wrote the post, I realize that it was rather harsh, heavy handed and excessively negative. So today, I’m rewriting my post in an effort to still make my original points, but in a less mean spirited and more positive way.

The “view” of the author while writing his post on May 30th

No one from WordPress is twisting my arm to do this. I’m doing it because I want to, and because I think it’s the right thing to do. One of the things that has really impressed me during my six months here at WordPress, is the lack of negativity and mean spirited behavior here, that is so common throughout most of the online universe. Instead, here at WordPress, there is an online culture that is very positive and encouraging, and treating each other with respect is universally valued, almost without exception. I’d rather be a part of this positive culture, than to work against it.

After six months here, I can honestly say that blogging on WordPress has been my most worthwhile writing experience in the 11 years that I’ve been writing online.

There are so many truly talented, profound and also delightfully funny bloggers here, and after reading many of their posts, I’ve seen a lot of improvement in my own writing – because as I’m reading, I’m also learning. Bloggers here at WordPress have raised the bar much higher for me, as they define the standard for genuinely high quality writing, giving me higher goals to aspire to, for improving my own writing.

There’s also a lot of people here who are just a lot of fun to clown around with, and I’ve really enjoyed trading back and forth lots of fun, laughter, and yes, occasionally a little bit of harmless flirtation, without any real intent.

And there is no denying that WordPress is a quality product that is the best kind of bargain, since we can use it for free.

But now having said all this, I’ve also been getting increasingly frustrated with the frequent techno-tampering here at WordPress, that often does not result in improving our blogging experience, but instead, it frequently makes it harder for us to be creative, when tools and functions that were previously working just fine, no longer work as well as before, or even work at all.

When WordPress is running smoothly, it’s a great experience. Which makes it all the more frustrating when the site isn’t running smoothly, and we don’t get to have that great experience, because we know how great it can be, when things are working properly.

Another casualty of the constant drive to fix what isn’t broken to begin with, and then breaking it, is the collective closeness and companionship of the WordPress community. It’s hard to keep in touch with the blogs that we follow, and hard to interact with our followers, friends, and readers, when the blogs that we follow and also our followers frequently vanish, along with vanishing comments and replies.

There is just so much that is really good and very positive here at WordPress, which makes me all the more frustrated when the code cutters screw it up for no good reason, and lately this seems to be a problem that is getting increasingly worse. Maybe the engineers should slow down the pace of the upgrades, and give WP bloggers a chance to post for a while, without interference from the technical problems that seem to inevitably come with the upgrades.

The world of high tech in general seems to be obsessed with speed and a need to do everything faster. There is also a constant drive to change existing technology to more advanced technology, in a never ending procession of upgrades. Often the upgrades result in real progress. But what also frequently occurs, is that the rapidly changing and more advanced technology becomes more complicated and less user friendly.

New versions are usually plagued with bugs; sometimes to a moderate degree, and other times to a very serious degree to the point of being dysfunctional. Everybody remember how much fun we had with Windows Vista? I wish that the powers that be in high tech would practice more moderation and common sense with their drive for innovation and change. I think that if there was more moderation with the rate of change and less rushing to create new versions to be released ASAP (often before they’re ready) that there would be less “upgrade fatigue” for the people who use high tech products.

But now that I’ve voiced my criticism, I still can say that there’s no other blogging platform I’d rather be working with than WordPress, because I have had experience with some of the other options out there, and they were clearly inferior to what WordPress has to offer.

But what I value most of all in my WordPress experience, is my interaction and friendships with the coolest, classiest, most talented, imaginative and skilled bloggers I’ve ever had the pleasure to be associated with. Most of you also have an excellent sense of humor and your posts are genuinely funny. And there’s more than a few of you who are outrageous and crazy, which makes a guy like me feel right at home.

Peace, WordPress. And for those bloggers who are so inclined, let’s continue to have fun by keeping everybody laughing.

The author as he appears in the dreams of many women – in Animal Spirit Guide Form

 

About Chris Sheridan

I’m a 56 year old guy who is young (and immature) at heart, and I love humor and laughter. Married for 22 years, but still enjoy all the glories of womanhood everywhere, even while dedicated to one woman only - and I hope my wife never finds out about her!
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9 Responses to Sometimes Desperate Measures Must Be Taken Back

  1. RFL says:

    Great post! There are definitely some issues, but the community here is great and I’m happy to have “met” you through good ole WP.

    • Thanks and likewise! :-) I won’t mention which one, but the last blog site I was on, they were into regular recreational flaming, and I mean down and dirty, vicious and ugly.

      I was a target only once, and not for long. But just watching the stuff that they did to each other was so bad, that I didn’t want to post there anymore. It was like trying to blog in a virtual asylum for the criminally insane.

      Which is what drove me to look for another blog site and how I ended up here on WordPress. I guess that was the realization I had last night – when I thought about how great the people are here, compared to where I had come from, the tech problem stuff didn’t seem like an issue worth getting unpleasant about, the way I was in my original post.

      So I changed it… because all in all I’m very happy to be here, and I just need to be a little more patient when things aren’t flowing smoothly.

  2. So, are you feeling better about the changes on WP? I actually like the new notifications once they got it straightened out – being able to click to see them all is a very nice feature. Sorry you were tagged as spam… just an fyi… Akismet is not a WP product. It’s a plugin that they set up for all wp.com users to use. I actually use it on my wp.org sites as, for the most part, it works pretty well. I still have to go in and scan through the spams and occasionally find an error. But for the most part, I love it. I’d hate to have to moderate all the spam I get.

    Well, take care. Just go with the flow on upgrades and after you have become used to them, you’ll find you like them. LOL… I picked up a contract job to do some work on a wordpress site that was built 3 years ago. Well, the version of wordpress is also 3 years old. Trust me… the version we’re using now is much MUCH better than the one 3 years ago.

    • I guess I like the changes when they are working, and yes, I do like being able to see all my notifications, instead of only nine, like it was before. But the day before my long and elaborate reply got lost in a spam file, my new version of the notifications stopped working, so I had no way of knowing when people were replying to my comments on their blogs, until it started working again very late in the evening. But I still shouldn’t get bent out of shape about it – it’s just not that big of a deal in the total scheme of things.

      I agree that Akismet doesn’t make a mistake very often, and it’s better than having to manually weed out lots of spam. And it’s true that I like most upgrades, once I get used to them, so I believe you when you say that what we have now on WP is much better than it was three years ago. I know that I do tend to be too quick to dislike changes in software and operating systems, because of some bad experiences I’ve had in past. But if everybody thought like me, we’d all still be using Windows 98 right now, and that wouldn’t be a good thing. Thanks for the encouragement, Michelle.

      • Oh sure. I know you are resistant to upgrades, and sometimes I am, too. I really hated the major Facebook upgrade last winter – and it took several months to smooth that one out. But now I’m used to it and they’ve ironed out some wrinkles.

        WP doesn’t seem to have such drastic changes, which is nice. But it’s definitely better than 3 years ago – and I’m going to upgrade that site and will have to go through and tweak all the plugins, settings, and theme. Eessshhhh.

        Also keep in mind that sometimes an upgrade is done for a security reason, even though they don’t tell you anything. Just go with the flow and the kinks will get fixed.

  3. benzeknees says:

    Ah Chris you’re making me blush with all the compliments about your followers. Love the top pic!

    • Well it’s true that you guys and gals are the BEST, and yes, that most definitely includes you, Lynda. :-) The top pic? I’m trying to get away from that particular view, and get out and see the world instead, while seeing it much more clearly. Wish me luck!

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