Case Closed & That’s My Story

I wanted to give you what I hope is the final update on the problem I was having, rather you were having, where people appeared to be unfollowing my blog. As I mentioned, back in January, some delightful engineers at WordPress dug into this problem and vowed to solve it. A couple of weeks ago, I received the following message:

On Feb 7 we shipped a fix that we believe will address this dropped blog subscribers issue. We found that in some cases where a user is logged out, and then logs in while on your page, a call to unFollow was unintentionally called. We fixed that, and also add more logging so we can more easily track the series of events that occur around login and follow/unfollow actions.

We hope you’ll have nothing further to report, but of course we would really appreciate knowing if you see another case of dropped followers or someone not receiving email notifications.

Happiness Engineers

I sincerely thank the engineers who worked to solve what had been a maddening problem. I also want to thank those of you who re-followed this blog (some, an extreme number of times). If you gave up re-following and resorted to checking in on my normal schedule, I think it is safe to go back in the water, as it were.

As for the second half of today’s title, that is directed to those of you whose blogs I missed this weekend. Saturday started out like an ordinary weekend day. I returned home from cat-sitting but found myself with very little time for Saturday things. A storm that was supposed to be mostly a rain event began with snow around noon. I decided to head back to Faith’s apartment before the roads became covered and people became idiots (the two always go together). I picked up dinner to-go and arrived in time to enjoy some basketball, feed Preston and setup my laptop. I managed to prepare the Thursday Doors Sunday Recap – then the Internet died – then the electricity went off. Fallen tree limbs canceled the rest of my plans.

The electricity returned around 11:00pm. Comcast said the Internet service returned much earlier, but who can be sure. By the time I opened my laptop yesterday, the inbox was bulging, and I had no hope of catching up because, in addition to everything else, Sunday only had 23 hours.

Yes, that’s my story. I’m blaming this on DST. I hope you are all well on your way to having a wonderful week.

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  1. Sounds like all your hard work has paid off Dan. The Happiness Engineers have come through and all is well once again.

    Saturday’s storm was another doozy. Snow/ice/wind. Guess we wound up with about 5” of the nasty stuff. Today, however, promises to be warm and beautiful!

    Love seeing those long shadows again. Old Glory never disappoints. That’s quite a unique shot of the church steeple. And wouldja look at spring popping up! Yep, Old Man Winter is finally on the run. Hallelujah!
    Ginger

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    • Thanks Ginger. It is good to see signs of spring, and we appear to be set for an entire week of days above 50 degrees! Woo hoo!

      I was so glad to not only have this problem fixed, but find out what the problem was. I tip my hat to the last group (2 or 3) of engineers who dug in and solved this mystery.

      Old Glory had to hang on tight, but it was good to see.

      I hope you have a great week!

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  2. Glad the issue has been resolved. Or so we hope. My stats have dropped dramatically the last few weeks and I often wonder if there’s a glitch somewhere. It can’t be that my readers don’t still find me delightful… right?
    Our storm was bizarre, rain, then wind, then snow, then sleet, then snow.

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  3. I wish I could blame DST but unfortunately I have no explanation for why my Internet cut out. Fortunately a nice young man, I was actually spoke to a real person, was able to reset it. But I did have a lot of catch-up to do. Not as much as you! It is lovely to see the first signs of spring. I’m now waiting to see a robin.

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    • I’m glad you found a helpful human – a rare find these days. We have had robins for over a week. I’ll tell them that “Pam is looking for you” maybe a few will head farther north.

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  4. Thanks for your diligence in getting this problem resolved. It was no small effort. It is always good to blame something on DST. I blamed it for sleeping in on Sunday. We saw a few flakes fall, but we were spared the worst of the storm. Maybe spring will make her arrival now?

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  5. Although I was never involved in the unfollow problem, I am glad to see it taken seriously by WP. Too often they simply ignore issues they can’t solve. Congratulations on your continued dedication to seeing tech be technical. Sorry about all your problems over the weekend. I knew something was going on but am glad it was an external problem. Thanks for the update. Your photos have a fog theme (or so it seems) Have a great week.

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  6. Preston got feed–that’s all that matters. 😸 The Happiness Engineers really came through for you. Guess this was one heck of a problem that needed time to process. Now if only they could have come through for your power outage…

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  7. Everything is DST’s fault! So glad it is nonexistent in Central America. But it gets tricky keeping up with which family members or friends fall into what time zone for calling or writing. Congrats on the success with WP. Your diligence and knowledge paid off. I think you deserve pay for it though. 😏
    I’d be terrified in a snowstorm. Just losing power for a couple days in Georgia during a heavy snowfall was miserable. I hope your week is rouble free.

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    • You guys got more than enough daylight 🙂

      I’m glad they fixed this issue. It took a log of logging to find the problem but they did.

      We didn’t get a lot of snow, but we got more than enough wind.

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  8. Congratulations! I am in awe of your technological stamina! Not to mention survival through the weekend. What a time. Your photos are beauties, though; I really admire the photos of the pine needles and cones, and of the bridge in the fog, in which I note both truck and geese and so can’t help wondering if they are honking at each other. Foghorns, of course.

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    • Haha – I’m laughing at the thought of geese honking at trucks and trucks honking back.

      I knew that, sooner or later, one of those engineers would figure this out. They did and I’m happy.

      Thanks for the comment and the laugh.

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  9. Hopefully, the drive to Faith’s isn’t too far a drive so you weren’t on the road with crazy drivers long.

    The bridges in the misty atmosphere are gorgeous!! I loved the reflections of the old stone bridge. That’s a beautiful view of it and with the fog it’s gorgeous.

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  10. So glad you are all sorted at last with WP. I have had two nightmare incidents with them , but polite but firm communications with the happiness engineers has got me sorted .
    You also got through the weekend I live in fear of power cuts because I can’t stand the cold!! …great photos as ever 💜💜

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  11. I promise not to tell you how effectively the WP reader is doing. I will give you a hint though. It is at least as good as my Spectrum internet speed. Welcome to Monday and a full 24 hour day Dan.

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  12. Things happen, Don. Nothing we can do about them. I often find myself behind on everything and have pretty much given up on going backward to get everything I missed. I just focus on moving forward. Love the photos! Great news from WP!

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  13. Love the shot of the steeple in the mist. I’m being charged for HBO Max by Comcast but it’s not working and dealing with them is like dealing with rabid monkeys! Round and round in circles we go. Hope you guys get some sun!

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  14. I don’t think you have to apologize, Dan, for being busy and without power over the weekend. I get the “busy” part as it seems my intentions to blog aren’t always met with completion. I had one planned for today and then something happened, so it will be a Tuesday post instead. Maybe I’ll throw in a one-liner this week, maybe I’ll leave it up to you and a few other bloggers. I still don’t know how you blog four times a week AND do a door recap, but you have plenty of readers who look forward to seeing your stories and photos.

    As always, give those furry kids a few skritches and I hope the warmer weather we’re having is making it your way as well. Happy Monday!

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    • Thanks Teagan. We might be stuck with it forever. I guess that would be better than changing back and forth. But I’m a morning person. It doesn’t bode well for me.

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  15. Congratulations and good job hanging in there with WP engineers! As for catching up on email, it’s a vague possibility which may happen for me one day. I like that old bridge in the mysterious mist.

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  16. The steeple photo is wonderful, and I always like the C-130 photos. I’m glad WP finally figured this out for you! Isn’t it terrible what a day or two away from blogging can become?

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  17. I visit posts from the Reader but I think if I was unfollowed from your blog your posts would not come to my lists so I don’t think this has happened to me. I am just lucky. It is miserable to have no power or internet. I’m glad it wasn’t for to long.

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  18. Dan, your photos are always awesome; fog covered bridge, sun through the trees, pine cones/needles silhouette, etc. Don’t have the unfollow problem, that I know about. Glad you got it fixed, though. Hopefully, the first signs of spring hold for you. East Coast weather is so unpredictable. 📚🎶Christine

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