The other day, Scottie over at Scottie’s Toy Box, a WordPress blog that is one of my favorites, (link here: scottiestoybox.com), mentioned that he is not seeing all the blogs that he used to see. In the comments, I wrote,
“I noticed a while ago that I have to go to Managed blogs every so often & reset my email listings. WordPress seems to reset my settings or maybe it’s Microsoft. Who knows. But it’s usually every other month. It’s not every blog but quite a few.”
This morning, I went & checked every single blog that I follow on WordPress. Not only are my settings intact but I am receiving my email notifications just the way I am supposed to be – instantly.
What I did notice was this – many of the blogs that I have been following have not had a posting in weeks, months, even years. According to WordPress, I follow 229 blogs, but I don’t think more than a third of them are currently active.
There are many reasons for this. I think it comes down to these basic three:
- Most of us start blogs when we have some “extra time” or at least enough time to maintain the blog on a daily basis & after a few months or years, our lives change & we no longer have time to keep up the blog. This is true in my case, although I am desperately trying to reboot my daily life so I have more time to write.
- Many of the blogs I have been following are political blogs & there is no denying that we are at a place where many of us are burned out, bummed out & beyond our ability to endure much more of the daily shit-show that has been shoved down our throats since November, 2016 – if not much longer than that. When the outrage becomes too much to bear, the voice becomes silenced.
- Many bloggers HATE the new Gutenberg editor layout & have left WordPress for that reason alone. I am seeing many new blogs on Blogger, Wix, Weebly & a score of others.
I could list more reasons but these are really enough.
I have also thought of leaving WordPress for greener pastures. I already have a presence at Blogger but I haven’t blogged there in several years. My problem is time & time management. Honestly – that’s always been my problem. But that’s another subject for another blog post.
For now, I’m here at WordPress if you’re looking for me.
March 16, 2019.
Dear Aunt Jean,
We are pretty well settled in the new apartment. I still have quite a lot to do but the major unpacking is done. Yesterday I hung pictures in the living room. I also hung my 8-point. Today I plan to clean up the desk area in the dining room & organize my books in the room James calls “the office”. I am thinking about a whole new way of organizing my books but that will be covered in another blog post.
Since you died, I have missed you with a passion. I miss talking with you on the phone. A dozen times a week, I see something on the street or hear something on the TV that I want to share with you & you are no longer here. So many things … the new Dash’s, Kosta’s remodeling, this lovely apartment in which I now live, James’ upcoming graduation, the memorial service being planned for you.
So I decided to start blogging to you. You were so vitally interested in everything & everyone. I want to take that interest & build on it.
Anyway, I have lots to do today. I’ll chat again with you in a day or two.