Every once a in a while, something happens to restore my faith in human nature. Usually, something rather simple, like an unexpected act of kindness. Rarely does it have anything to do with the internet, which usually frustrates me, or social media, which far too many people use as an excuse to let their inner bully come out to play. But much to my surprise, this time what gave me a much-needed burst of optimism was the combination of the internet and social media that is the WordPress community.
A couple of weeks ago, I began having trouble commenting on other blogger’s posts. Then last weekend, I found I could no longer reply to comments on my own post without logging in again (complete with password) each time. I exchanged tons of emails with the Word Press help staff as we tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to fix the problem. When I discovered I could still write a post, I wrote two short posts just to let my readers know what was going on. I did that partly because I wasn’t at all sure I could keep blogging and didn’t want to simply disappear without letting anyone know why. But if I’m honest, I was also hoping that maybe one of my fellow bloggers had suffered from a similar problem and was willing to share the solution. I thought it was a long shot, but worth the try.
The response was more than I could have possibly hoped for. The tips and suggestions were plentiful and very helpful. For the first time, I began to believe that my blog really would be fixed, which was a huge relief. But what really lifted my spirits was seeing how many people I know only through my blog were willing to take the time to try to help me get my blog back on track. Some offered repeated suggestions, even providing helpful links. One woman (thank you, Margy!) even chatted with a Word Press tech on my behalf and reported back the answer. I was amazed at how generously people gave their time and knowledge to help, without expecting anything in return.
Sometimes blogging seems to demand too much of my time, and every once in a while, it feels like a chore. But I’ve always stuck with it because I valued the creative outlet writing my blog provides, and I also valued the relationships I’ve developed with other bloggers from all over the world. And now I know for sure that blogging is worth the effort, because it shows me, repeatedly, just how most good people really are.
The last email I received from the Word Press techs (aka “Happiness Engineers,” but it’s hard to say that with a straight face) provided the answer I needed to get my blog up and running properly again. Thank you, Paulo. It has something to do with enabling cross tracking, which I didn’t completely understand but my son did, and he explained it to me. I’m sure that I’ll eventually encounter other problems, but that’s okay. Because I’m part of the Word Press community, and we have each other’s backs.