If I’ve been slow to press the ‘Like’ button on your blog or if you’re saying “hmmm, I didn’t see a comment from Dan, he usually leaves a comment…” – well, I’m here to tell you it’s not my fault. My editor would say that it is my fault, because I’m a technology worker, the kind of guy who automates stuff that worked fine manually, the guy who replaces perfectly fine analog devices with digital crap that is bound to fail.
Yep, that’s me. And yes, I’ve written programs, and developed systems that have worked well, saved money, made people redundant (I like the British way of saying laid-off) and, of course failed when most needed. But it still stinks when it happens to me. It’s not some “just desserts” either. I should be treated better by technology than people who hate technology! I’m an advocate, a supporter, I’m part of the deal. It’s like the people who contribute to politicians, I mean they always get better treatment…don’t they? I wouldn’t know. I have never given money to a politician/political party.
Anyway, back to my problem. In a word, WordPress. However, in fairness, maybe Apple was involved. It’s like WordPress was robbing a bank and Apple was driving the get-away car, and the get-away car was a Prius.
I was on the road the last few days (more about that later), but being on the road isn’t supposed to be a problem. In the industry that has fed my family for 40 years (I toss that in to remind the editor that technology isn’t all bad) we talk about doing “what you want to do – when you want to do it – wherever you are, and on the device you happen to have with you.” Seriously, we say stuff like that, ‘cuz nerds.
My technology, specifically the device I happened to have with me, wouldn’t let me do the things I wanted to do from where I was.
I didn’t have a lot of sit-in-front-of-the-laptop time, but I had a lot of sit-while-Faith-drives time and I had a lot of stand-in-line time and a little I-could-read-a-few-blogs-before-falling-asleep time – although far less of that than I imagined. I was counting on my phone. I read blogs on my iPhone all the time, and liking and commenting is easy as pie, except for the typos and suggested corrections – but not this weekend.
This weekend – it – was – awful!
The gallery sequence below illustrates the problem I was having. This was happening with every blog, this is just an example. I was trying to ‘Like’ and leave a comment on John Howell’s blog. I like to leave a comment on John’s blog because I’d like to stay on good terms with Tiny, the former WWE star. Despite the fact that the WordPress app was running. I could switch to it. I was already logged-in and I was still me; as soon as I pressed ‘Like’, I was forced to login to WordPress.
After I logged in, I could like the blog. But, if I wanted to leave a comment, I had to login again. AND, on some fancy-schmancy blogs like John’s I had to log in a THIRD time in order to post the comment!
I’m not sure if the problem is solely related to the WordPress app, or if my iPhone was uncomfortable with the connections various connections we had. In any case, I will be back to normal by the time a lot of you read this. I’m not sure when the WordPress app will be back to normal.
We had a great weekend. I hope you did too. I’ll be sharing photos, stories and doors later this week/month. Right now, I think it’s my turn to drive.