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WordPress causes some problems

I have been blogging since 2012.

I experienced some kind of disaster when I decided to move my art blog to a website last year or maybe a year before. Why did I go for all troubles which are associated with moving a large numerous pictures containing art blog to a self-hosted website?

Well, WordPress makes it account. It does not matter whether you have 1 blog, 2 blogs, 3 blogs or a website and blog: it is going to be one account. I had the art blog since 2012 and I started a lifeschool blog some time in 2014 I believe. I did not want to mix up my art, art classes and other artistic articles with the conclusions and observations I have made doing my medical research and writing for more than 3 decades. I thought it was a great idea. It actually wasn’t. Why?

Because WordPress makes it one account.

That means one blog is primary and visible and regardless of all my efforts, nobody knew the other blog existed, as well. The art blog had about 4 thousand followers by the time I moved it to a website because I was so tired of publishing articles which nobody ever saw.

The move was terrible since my files were huge, and, no, it did not go smooth as some instructions made me believe. Partially, that was because I chose the wrong host (based on a blogger advice, oh yes!). They sold me free theme and then I had to wait until refund rolls in since I wasn’t having much money. They tried to sell all kinds of things which I did not need or require, but having a website is expensive anyway: there are so many small parts that all cost. I am using the free theme and many free plugins, but I still have to allocate quite a lot of money for it. That is the history, so I have a blog, my lifeschool blog and my website, my art website.

Some time ago, I started to notice that I cannot follow anybody. I clicked once, I clicked twice, I clicked on like, that worked, but when I returned to the main website of somebody, I could see that I am not following them.

I believed it was some kind of a glitch. Probably temporary glitch, I assumed.

I let it slide since I was busy and that wasn’t the most important issue on my plate.

I found some really interesting website and a few blogs a while ago, and I got really angry that I cannot follow them. I copied the URLs here and there to find them again. Anyway, I asked the “happiness engineers” what was wrong. Oh well! I found out that I have been spotted by the system as somebody abusive follower last October. They told I was trying to attract attention and instead I should be writing a good content. That was very offensive. I believe these people who have read my stories, poems and articles, people, who check out my paintings, art instruction and advice for beginner artists definitely know that this is a unique content which takes me long time to create. I have actually never tried to follow somebody obsessively.

We all know that: system is system. System thought I was somebody trying to find followers and, thus, boost the visibility of my website and blog, and I do not believe that is true. WP said it was. I had last October followed many blogs in a short period of time. I tried to figure that out but couldn’t. I may have returned from Europe and after not seeing my blog and website for a long time, I could have responded to lots of comments and maybe followed some new fellow bloggers. I don’t know. Basically, nobody ever told me that. I never received any notification, any warning or anything. I believe you are not aware of that either.

I mean, I would have appreciated some notice, some suggestion or something. I am guessing that happened because I’m not that often reading the Reader, publishing posts, commenting, etc. since my health issues started 5 years ago. I might be doing all the commenting, following and liking job once or twice a month. Life is life. System isn’t human and it does not know that I have 1 hour only once or twice a month to do the following among other parts of blogging. Most likely, that’s how I got blocked out of following. Well, if I were so obsessed with following I most likely had noticed that sooner, not 7 months later.

I still remember how 6 years ago when I started blogging, I was advised to like, comment and follow other bloggers. Well, I take it personal and I felt upset. I’m not a new blogger; I’ve been on WordPress for 6 years. I am almost 60 and somebody who always follows rules and meets obligations. Always. I am aware that system is not informed about that.

I have to apologize to bloggers who may have thought I was ignorant or something. I lost some interesting blogs due to this for sure. Maybe we will meet again.

It also seems that system cannot get rid of definitely fake followers such as those who are ….outlook.com. I have deleted quite a few recently.

I wish, there was some advice for those who blog infrequently, just for a few hours a month and who try to do everything during these few hours instead of just blocking them out of following.

WordPress causes some problems

It does not feel right. We are sort of made to believe that website is a place where we can have a freedom to do things which we deem necessary, one of them being following other bloggers. Apparently, it is not the case. I believe before blocking somebody out of anything, especially if they pay money for their website that happens to be on WordPress platform, one deserves at least some warning or message, whatever. My personal situation is worse because I have a website and a blog. People who follow the art blog are not the same as these who follow the lifeschool blog. So, number becomes double. Dear system, you should be way more human! Other bloggers: be aware! System is watching, and God help if you follow too many people! I am afraid to follow anybody, to be honest. I believe a wrong person was punished here. They fixed it for now. They do not let one know what number indicates you are exceeding the normal following range: might be 5, 50 or 100. Who knows? I know that I never acted weirdly or obsessively.

Link to my art website for these who did not know I had it: inesepogagallery.com

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  1. I totally sympathise with your problems – every time I think I know what I am doing, I’m proved wrong. No matter how I try I can’t make it work easily for me. Not sure if it is worth it but I keep trying.

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    April 17, 2018
    • Thanks Chris! Well, I do not believe I did something wrong, I imagine their policies changed without notifying about that. I never experienced this in all years, and all of a sudden last year they assume me following everybody which is definitely not the case and never was. I don’t mind blogging or putting articles on website, but I have a big dislike towards restrictions. I feel that this is restricting me.

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      April 17, 2018
  2. That is crazy and wrong. I am really not computer savvy so I am dreading the day that I run out of space, and I’m almost there. They keep telling me to upgrade, but don’t know what will happen if I do.

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    April 17, 2018
    • Well, that is different. That is something you can do whatever. If you upgrade you simply pay. There are different plans. I haven’t upgraded my blog, but I am paying for everything on the website, approximately $450, maybe a bit more. Some things are more, some less. You just click on upgrade and see what they’d be charging you. Agree only if it suits you. Also, you can resize any image, that allows for way more space. You can do it on computer and also when you upload your photo to the media on blog. It gives you different editing options, just check them out. I believe, nowadays any device offers resizing options. That helps.
      In my case, I literally do not know how I got into the category of bad guys. I mean, a notification or warning would be nice. Plus, I am paying for website, it is supposed to be mine, yet, I cannot follow as many people as I would like to?

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      April 17, 2018
  3. As a commercial entitie wordpress look for god money…

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    April 17, 2018
    • They sure do. However, such restrictions when it is visible that this is not a fake site, not somebody abusing policies, are a bit too harsh. I mean, I never had any such issues during all 6 years and nobody ever made me aware that I cannot do all the following, commenting and liking in just one hour if I am unable to do it slowly and gradually every day.

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      April 17, 2018
  4. That seems very unfair.

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    April 18, 2018
    • Well, and can happen to everybody. I am not aware when such approach became effective. I have not been doing anything differently from previous years, all the way the same: comment, like and follow: all in one day about twice a month, and all of a sudden that caused me to be blocked out out of following other blogs. It is so that it becomes double because of blog and website, therefore, this can be twice the number. Apparently, system is system and it does not differentiate between a real person and follow-everything bot.

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      April 18, 2018
  5. theburningheart #

    Unfortunately, I come a little too late in life, to be really savvy about computers, and all the things you can do with them, therefore in order to do something like setting a website, or fix a glitch on my computer I require a young wizard, to do things for me, since I moved, now that would represent a new challenge in the future here at my new home, since still do not know anyone who can help me when new trouble arise, and certainly it will happen, since it is in the nature of things…
    I have a young friend in LA very knowledgeable, but as it is, he doesn’t carry a wireless phone, and I can only reach him at home at very late hours, and most of the time he doesn’t pick up the phone! 😦
    Bottom line it can be weeks before I catch him, with the added disadvantage, of not being able to bring him home and let him do what it need to be done, rather than for me to be in the phone, and try to figure what he says it need to be done. I am sure I will find eventually some professional, local help, to do the job, but of course that will mean an added expense.

    As for your problem with WordPress, I sympathize with you, unfortunately they all have these hidden policies, buried in page 43 of their contracts, that of course no one ever reads, but you find out later as in your case, and worst, they have automated controls, who penalize you, or restrict you, without human intervention, just by following patterns of behavior, as example your case.
    And to add insult, to injury, they also have automated systems who handle the complaints, and it takes a great effort, to find a human voice to help you!

    It serves two purposes, saves them money by not hiring people to take care of the problems, and to discourage the customer to be calling them constantly.

    I can tell you a horror story with a particular acct. of mine that forgot, to notify them of my change of address, a natural thing to forget, since the many companies you got to notify for all the services you receive, specially online like with companies you have an acct. but are not billed monthly, as for example Amazon, Ebay, Twitter, or FB, etc.
    Well, they blocked me since they didn’t recognized my new address, and keep sending me automated phone calls with a code, to reactivate my acct. to my old address home phone line, that of course, since I had moved no longer had!
    It took me six weeks of daily emails, to their help department, in order for somebody to read my problem!
    It makes you wonder if they have an automated system that alert them, after you log 30, or 40 complaints? 😦

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    April 19, 2018
    • All systems can cause terrible issues for people who use their products. I am right now dealing with too frequently appearing bad gateway error on the website. I am blaming the host, they are trying to convince me that I should manually update the database, image loading speeds, etc. all the time and every day, that’s a bit much and that is profoundly wrong. Ever since we got on this pass every internet service or product provider tries to squeeze out as much money as possible. Internet is not that friendly any more as it used to be. It is now pay, pay and pay or nothing good happens. Well, I need to do some more edits here and I have to renew passport. That is a hassle, too, though, easier than dealing with re-occurring internet issues. I haven’t even filled out a form, need pictures for passport and doctors tomorrow, nothing that exciting.

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      April 19, 2018
  6. I remember how as a child, I was told by my older sister that computer systems are dumb. I didn’t believe it, because I didn’t get the point of it. To me, computers were awesome for having abilities like being able to compute large numbers and process data in lightning speed.

    Then in my later years, I finally saw my sister’s point. Computer systems are “dumb” because they need to be “instructed” step by step using so many codes, for every single function we need them to do. And no matter how skillfully we code them, it’s very difficult (if not impossible) to imbue them with the same discretion and insight humans are capable of, when it comes to the “judgments” they make. So sorry to hear about your troubles. I guess the system just isn’t smart enough yet to truly distinguish between real bloggers who just want to interact with others in the blogosphere, and bots/spammers that blindly follow just about anyone/anything it can.

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    April 20, 2018
    • Thanks! I am aware of systems mishandling different issues, I’ve been working on computer since they exist. You are right, programmer can never predict every single situation which might come up, and the systemic judgement can very wrong. Well, I did not pay attention to that initially, but later I was really interested in following a few blogs and I couldn’t. As it appears I got onto this after 7 months. It would be good the system at least notified, like there are all kinds of warnings, etc. or sent some message or made me aware that I have done something wrong. However, like I mentioned, I have been blogging for 6 years and I have always been the same way, and all of a sudden I am doing something wrong.
      The bots from outlook.com are still bothering and they do not seem to be able to fix that. I am deleting at least 2-3 every day.
      I just not long ago placed on WP survey that I would advise anybody to use. I regret that because at this point I would change my evaluation. When a new practice is implemented the users should be made aware of that. It seems there has been. I’m not alone. When I posted this onto WP forum to get help, I noticed quite a lot of really surprised people wondering what happened.
      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a great comment! Always pleasure to read what somebody else has to say about that particular matter. Have a great weekend!

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      April 20, 2018
      • My pleasure! It’s good to talk about these issues with fellow bloggers, because they affect all of us. Thanks also for bringing the matter up for discussion!

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        April 21, 2018
      • Thanks! I thought that many other bloggers might face such issues. It does not even depend on how long one has been blogging or how well one believes they know WordPress blogging. I know that among us are many bloggers who cannot check other blogs or post on a daily basis. Therefore, it becomes once a week, twice a month or even more infrequent thing to do. I saw on the forum that others were unaware of such a policy, as well.

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        April 21, 2018

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