I’m not an Über-blogger and I’m sure that this issue is covered much better in other places but I’m finding it more and more difficult to blog on WordPress. Some of those reasons are self-inflicted – I’m getting a book ready for publications.
Other things well – let’s throw ‘never bite the hand that feeds you’ to one side for a moment. Over the past year, WordPress have reprogrammed the free to use product – WordPress.com – so that it can be used better on mobiles, however, instead of providing a new software platform, they chose to change the PC-Desktop / laptop experience. This is leading to a gradual deterioration in the blogging experience.
I ignored the early signs of this and made do with a couple of work-arounds. The signs should have been obvious when WordPress persistently asked me: Why do you like this page
– it didn’t matter what I answered. More recently WordPress have redesigned this summary stats page making it more difficult to view – they recoded it so that sub titles either hog the space or aren’t visible.
I guess they found a way to make it harder to use. This is pity. WordPress has possibilities which would be better explored by a separate (i.e. unconverged) mobile solution.
If you were ask me what I thought was happening, (having worked in some quite large plcs) I’d say that they realised there was a choice retire PC-Desktop functionality, tell us they don’t want us using it any more and face down the criticism, or adopt a crooked behaviour pattern. They kept asking the same question because they weren’t listening to the answer…
Were they being dishonest? Quite frankly I don’t care. There are other solutions, as there are other things to do. This place is many things: a noticeboard, a soapbox (and reference point) for issues of the day, self-promotion, a resting place for long ago collections / trivia. But it’s not the be-all and end-all. I have other things to do in my life: family, football, work, study, writing, self-publishing.
A couple of days ago I was checking up on my posts and discovered that the View All Posts had also changed.
It was gone!
Images of MySpace have flooded through my head. What a pain that became. In the end I retrieved all 400 or so blog posts.
A case of watch this ___Space?