How Notified Are You … Really?
Something l find myself asking and querying a lot of late and especially here in WordPress is … how notified are we all really? By this l refer to ‘notifications’ and receiving notifications?
In the next few months l will be starting a series called ‘The Cynical Blogger’ – The Dark Side to Blogging’ – which will look at the bitty, shitty, gritty side to blogging and trust me there is this side to it – but for the time being back to this question – how notified are you?
Are we always getting all our notifications from and through WordPress? Despite having an eCommerce site and many think that l receive exceptional service – it is easier to say l don’t – l lose many comments each and every day and were it not for the fact l run two platforms on two screens every day in addition to my working screen, l would not see those missing comments from bloggers on my posts. [By this l mean, l am able to see my posts on Microsoft Edge and Firefox and there is a huge difference to what can be seen and what isn’t between the two browsers.]
On average every week, l believe l lose close to 30% comments that l must manually recover by digging through my weekly posts. Some end up occasionally in ‘spam’, many end up in ‘pending’ and others well they just disappear into the world of WP and end up lost – some forever…. additionally l believe that many of my own comments go missing on other bloggers sites – either hitting spam or maybe being ignored or not being seen or becoming swallowed up by the monster known as WP – l don’t know in truth.
Some bloggers have all notifications switched off and so, they never see any anyway, some have tweaked their settings in different ways again to lean this way or lean that way … so it’s hard to say … but at times l think that this lack of communications and commentary from blogger to blogger is an attack on community itself – l mean what is the point to commenting on anything if they are unseen – what’s the point to commenting or even linking to blogs if these are disabled?
I have had to rearrange certain beliefs here in WP that l once held and reestablish them as confusions …I am guilty of creating posts that hold links to other blogs – it is how l compliment blogs and dedicate music clips to other bloggers – these posts with their links to other blogs and their bloggers are meant to be seen by them and yet …. l would have to say that l personally believe only 50% actually get through?
I sometimes wonder if the ‘Gifting the Compliment’ as an example is seen by everyone it should be seen by? It holds links to blog posts and the bloggers who created them and yet – so many tell me they never received a notification …mm? Why is that?
Someone recently commented ‘You must be a tad irked with your service at comments being lost?’ Yes, this is true – the eCommerce site is an expensive plan – l got it for more space and not really for anything else – as l disabled many of the additional features when l first got the plan – for me it was extra space only – if WP had simply offered an additional ‘extra space plan’ l would have bought that – but they didn’t.
But as a community of writers our communications should not be reflective upon our plan packages – our basic needs are perhaps not being met and more so if comments and linked notifications are being lost to the dictionaries of time?
If people are deliberately disabling notifications in their settings that is one thing, in fact that is something else completely – if people are deliberately ignoring notifications – well that is really a moral judgement call … but if comments and links are being lost through a flawed system then that is a much bigger problem – it means that in essence none of us are ever truly being communicated to, seen and or heard properly … that, mm … well that is something else entirely … isn’t it?
So to the question at hand …. how notified are you …. really?