Today’s Friday Favorites has been preempted by a Friday unfavorite— WordPress.com—and a solution to a problem they created that is even worse than Block Editor.
As some of you might know, for the past few days I have not been receiving email updates from WordPress blogs I follow. This has been a very bad thing for me as I follow a lot of blogs, and email updates are a huge help. For the past two days, I have been blundering around in an attempt to keep up.
Readers, this was not a happy time.
Clif, who is my site’s chief administrator and all around computer guy, checked the settings on his WordPress profile. A day ago, he found that unbeknownst to us, a box had been ticked in a section called “Block Emails.” (Thank you, WordPress poltergeist.) He promptly unchecked it.
Problem solved? Not quite.
I, too, am an administrator, and that dastardly “Block Emails” box was also ticked on my WordPress profile. The box was duly unticked. (On the other hand, I am still ticked off that WordPress would torment me this way.) But hallelujah and glory be, I am now getting blog post notices in my email.
I mention all this because a blogging friend noted that she hadn’t been receiving many email updates, either.
So I figured—yes, friend, this can happen to you.
Should this indeed happen, here is a screen grab that Clif put together to help you escape from the WordPress poltergeist that wants to block bloggers from receiving email updates.
Here are Clif’s instructions:
“Go to the upper right corner of WordPress and click on your profile picture. This will take you to a page called “My Profile.” On the left side, choose Notification settings. Then go to the Reader Subscriptions tab at the top. Click on this. At the bottom, you will find a section Block emails.”
Uncheck this puppy if you want to receive email updates from blogs you follow on WordPress.com.
Good luck. I hope you never have to use these instructions.
Here is my conclusion: WordPress is a giddy thing. Fortunately for them, the WordPress community is so wonderful—supportive, entertaining, illuminating. Otherwise, we’d never put up with their shenanigans.