Just to let everyone know I am taking a little blog holiday. Nothing is wrong here, we are all good but life, now lockdown is over, is beginning to speed up again and I need to get back up to speed with it and as the saying goes….. ‘something has to give’.
Last week I celebrated two things – my 66th birthday and a haircut – two events that brought a bit of normality back into my life. Although we couldn’t get together with all my family and friends on my birthday I had a steady flow of visitors dropping off cards and gifts (and social distancing on the doorstep of course) and phone calls all day.
I hope everyone reading this is also well, enjoying the mildly better weather and the extra freedoms we have – let us hope it continues.
So I will just go on pause for a week or two to gather my thoughts, but I will be back soon.
There have been a few times lately when some of the blogs I visit have put up a post and then decided to delete it and I thought maybe I should warn you of the consequences of doing this just in case you did not realise. I am sure you will know this but some bloggers might not.
After a post has been written and published and you then decide to delete it or part of it please bear in mind that although you might have safely deleted it from your blog page it has already been ‘captured’ by the internet and in places where you are not able to delete it from and so can still be read by the public. Think of it like your computer where you might delete a document but it still remains in the rubbish bin and on the hard drive.
I am not talking here of normal ‘editing’ when writing a post prior to publication but when a post has been published and then part of it or the whole of it removed later – these are still visible on some sites.
My advice would be if you don’t want something to be read and visible forever then don’t publish it.
I was so disappointed yesterday to learn that one of my readers is not happy to comment any more because of the amount of pop up advertising on my blog. Because I am logged in to WordPress I never see this advertising even when I visit other free WordPress blogs (the ones that end in ….wordpress.com). I believe that on Blogger you have the option to turn off the ads – on a free WordPress blog you do not – you have to pay for that privilege.
However, I checked out my blog on DH’s computer and sure enough my site is bombarded with ads yet when I looked at some other free WordPress blogs they had none. I have no idea why this should be and have sent an enquiry to WordPress support – but I do not expect an answer from them. WordPress have been bombarding me with emails recently to upgrade to their paid plans and this will stop the adverts but this does feel like blackmail if they are heavily advertsing on my site to push me into a paid plan.
I have not as yet decided what to do – I have been unhappy for a while now with the constant changes at WordPress and I may move to Blogger but perhaps you could help my decision by letting me know in the comments if this is affecting your reading and or commenting and if you are seeing more adverts now than previously.
And thank you Simone if you are reading this for alerting me to the problem.
Just to warn readers that I am doing a few adjustments at the moment to my home page so you may see things come and go in the side bars and the menu tabs – just ignore them for the time being. I will still be doing posts and none of these will be affected.