Last weekend, I threw a last minute Meet & Greet Party.
First and foremost, I’d like to thank all the lovely people that stopped by and made the party a success! It was a lot of fun, and though I hadn’t forgotten, it reminded me of something important.
Blogging isn’t just about publishing content. If you wanted to write interesting stories, touching poems or take amazing picture and simply put them out for display, you could have a ”standard” website, and keep it at that.
But what makes WordPress so special is its community.
In the last five and a half years, I have mingled with a great number of people from all over the world. I’ve made friends, lost sight of some people that were dear to me. I’ve built a special cyber-family that I am really grateful for.
On various occasions, I’ve seen waves of love and support sent to one of us that was going through rough times. I’ve been that person a couple of times. More than once we’ve joined together and protested against things we didn’t consider fair. Not always successfully, but our solidarity was always admirable.
The main reason for my weekend M & G Party was to welcome back bloggers that had been randomly kicked out of The Cove (some more than once), for no apparent reason.
To make a long story short, bloggers have found themselves not following me anymore. This ”unfollowing” didn’t come from me nor them. It had happened a couple of times in the past, but recently, it started to become an almost regular thing, and I really got annoyed.
Annoyed, because there were no notification, so if these blogging friends hadn’t been aware enough to notice that my posts weren’t showing up in their Reader, we probably never would have found out that they weren’t following The Cove anymore. Annoyed, because who knows how many other bloggers were kicked out of my list, to this day? Annoyed, because this can also mean that I’ve been kicked out of blogs I love, and I just didn’t find out, so far.
So I wrote to WP, to get some help. In all honesty, I wasn’t expecting much feedback, because I’ve read a number of posts from bloggers that had reported similar glitches, with a less than satisfying reply.
But the Happiness Engineer that wrote back to me seems to genuinely want to help.
I thought I’d let you all know. Because I am certainly not the only person who this happened to. And the more information we can provide to WordPress, the better the chances to get them to solve the problem for good.
So if you have had to re-follow a blog recently, or if one of your followers has mentioned they had to re-follow yours, please let me know. You can just leave a comment below, or write to me through my ”Get in touch with” section in my header. I’ll make sure to forward the information to my Happiness Engineer, and with a little luck, we won’t have to worry about this anymore…