Scheduled absences are a given because I am a farmer. However, interrupted activities are beyond my control.
Most of you are well aware of my country’s inefficient power and broadband services. Those two alone and/or combined limit my presence online. Not only I am short-changed when their services falter, I feel literally robbed. (I have a pre-paid account.)
So I have to be inventive: use the quality hours to my advantage.
For the past weeks, I have been captivated by the volumes of videos on YouTube. It has been a good source of material for my latest posts. You see, writing posts is not a problem: what to write is. The videos provide me with a short cut to convey what I was thinking at that moment.
Yet, creating posts could be difficult, too, especially if the dashboard does not load properly. From the beginning I have relied on this feature, that when it is working properly, it’s a breeze to compose content.
It was only lately when I discovered that there’s another way, another page to accomplish the same function. Unfortunately, the feature was recently revised that frequent users complained of its revision. I tried it with a couple of posts when the dashboard did not load; I agree with the complainers that it is not user-friendly.
If that is not enough to keep me scratching my head, The Reader, which I use regularly, acts up in various strange ways. An enumeration of my observations is in order.
1. I scroll down to read, to click like or write comment, and to click the title to usher me to the particular site. If the Reader works properly, this is the most optimum way to blog.
Problem: Once the unread queue reaches 20, the Reader automatically refreshes, scrolling automatically to the top to show newer posts. If this happens, and it often does, I have to scroll back down to the last post I was reading. It is tiresome and a bit annoying.
Problem: Once I click ‘like’ in the Reader, I am confident that it is registered on the site. Often, when I check immediately by visiting the particular site, the ‘like’ was not registered. I have to click ‘like’ once more. It is a redundant effort and perhaps unnecessary in the first place if the Reader is working properly.
2. I scroll down to read: I currently follow many blogs so I am sure the Reader will show them all to me.
Problem: I am aware of the 15 tags rule, that posts with more than that number might not be displayed in the Reader. However, sometimes I get to see only a few posts when a notice appears at the end of the queue that reads: Sorry, there are no more posts to read but you can always check out freshly pressed! If I was away for even a single day, should I be swamped with unread posts?
3. I read quickly, scan for important words and if I am in doubt, I reread everything. Then, I click ‘like.’
Problem: A couple of days ago, I encountered a strange phenomena. I clicked ‘liked’ and it registered. Fine. But after the Reader refreshed, all the ‘liked’ reverted back to ‘like’ as if I did not click earlier. I thought at first, it was a hiccup so I repeated the clicking. Unfortunately, after my third unsuccessful try, I surrendered. I lost enough time that I should have used reading instead of repeating clicking ‘like.’
These are some of my current worries that I hope The Happiness Engineers are fixing the soonest.
I hope everything goes back to normal: worry-free blogging.