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You Get What You Pay For

I spent hours today putting together a collection of photos I took during a recent walk around San Francisco. I added a sentence or two underneath each photo (or pair of photos) and was going to post it as something of a photo journal.

Except, there was a problem.

Some of the photos didn’t appear and some of the text was printed in bold, while some was not.

I decided to try and fix it and hit “edit.” I started by deleting what was printed in the areas where the missing photos were (in the draft), in case I’d made a mistake or some inadvertent technical problem occurred, and put them back in. I did this a few times, but the same photos were missing each time.

Bold text is something I started having problems with a year or two ago, but I learned how to solve it. By looking at a number of old posts which still had bold text, I figured out how to go into the HTML setting in the draft and type something at the beginning and end of each paragraph that would allow the text to be seen in bold lettering. Now, I do this every time I post something. It’s tedious, but worth seeing my posts in bold print. My eyesight isn’t what it used to be so bold type prevents an unnecessary strain on my eyes. I also figured there might be a few people who read my posts that have the same problem.

I carefully checked every paragraph to make sure everything was done properly. There was still text in the post that wasn’t in bold print. I did all of this while checking a “preview”, then thought that perhaps it wasn’t showing up in preview, but would be correct after posting. So I posted it, but it was still incorrect. So, I’m currently unable to post the draft.

About two years ago I started having serious problems writing my essays in WordPress. I struggled with it for a while, then started writing everything in the note section of my iPad. I would then put them into WordPress drafts with copy & paste. I’ve periodically lost a tool in WordPress over the years and know it’s because I don’t pay for the site so I’ve adapted to each change. However, this seems like a bit too much to adapt to. It’s too limiting.

I’m curious to see if this “complaint” will appear online the way it’s put into the draft section.

If it does, the problem might just be in posting assays with photos. Either way I’ll probably stop posting soon on WordPress (I have a few “works in progress”) and look elsewhere for a new blog. They might all be the same, of course, – the “you get what you pay for” syndrome. I’ll see.

I’m curious whether there is anyone who reads my blog that has had the same, or a similar problem, with their blog. I don’t pay for a better quality blog (obviously) and my iPad is old. Both play a part in this, but I’m curious how much is due to the low quality blog and how much is the iPad. I might be able to figure this out if people help by adding comments about similar experiences. I know I don’t have many followers so this might be fruitless, but I’m giving it a try anyway. πŸ˜€

Thank you to everyone who reads this and who comments.

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21 comments on “You Get What You Pay For

  1. Ive contacted th help desk a few times and they always got back quickly & solved my site issues. Have you tried them?

  2. Honestly, I am not someone who can give advice about technology. I usually find solutions that work for someone without much tech savvy. I actually write my posts in WORD and copy and paste them into WP on the WP admin page in the “Quick Draft” space. Then, I save. Next, still in WP admin, I go to posts and select the one I just uploaded, choose “edit” from the menu and format, edit, and add photos. Typically, I use the paragraph feature to adjust the font size. It actually enlarges the font making it appear “bolder.” You can chose a number of different heading sizes. Photos don’t always go where I want them, so I have developed some odd ways to get around formatting issues that have nothing to do with coding. I hope this at least makes sense. πŸ™‚ (I tried the newer features for uploading posts but found that didn’t work for me at all. The old Quick Draft way works.)

  3. I haven’t had any recent problems using WP, however, I always use the Classic Editor and do use the HTML/text to check for any changes that need to be made. I also don’t pay for blogging.

  4. The only “help” I’ve been able to find requires paying money. Not only do I not want to pay for my blog, I don’t have the money for it and don’t have credit cards or any other type of bank accounts to make a payment – credit or debit. I only spend money in person with cash. Old school. I don’t trust financial institutions. πŸ˜€

    Thanks for the comment.

  5. sorry of those technical difficulties! i’ve had strange & difficult issues with wp over the years. usually i compose in ms word and paste. one thought is to try changing the blog’s theme. it well could alleviate some issues. i stick with my theme as it works ok, but i do see some nice looking and likely more up to day, newer, free ones πŸ™‚

  6. That’s a great point. I’ve had to get new themes a few times over the years as the previous themes have been “retired” by WP. Having an up-to-date theme makes it less likely to be buggy.

  7. Sorry to hear of your blogging woes. I’d also hate to see you leave WordPress as your new blog will no longer appear in my Reader Feed 😦

    I’m not very tech savvy. After setting up my blog, I’ve never tried changing my theme. Like Carol and David, I compose my posts in Word and then paste to WordPress. I’ve had a few problems with varying the position of photos, but settled for what was possible.

    I do not believe that there’s a difference in service for paying customers. WordPress has grown and continues to grow because of its free reliable service.

  8. Actually you can follow any blog or website in the Reader. Go to Reader, click Manage, then put in the address of the blog or website you’d like to follow. It’s the box at the top of the page, “Follow Something New.”

    I agree with you about no difference for free or paying customers on WP.

  9. It sounds like you do something similar to what I’ve been doing. I’m assuming you use a PC. I use a feature on my iPad for writing notes. I write in it, then copy & paste into WordPress. I don’t know how to change font size and don’t even know what heading size is. Your technique sounds more difficult than mine. Apparently I’m less tech savvy than you are. πŸ˜†

    Every time WordPress or my e-mail carrier “update” they say it makes things easier, but that definitely is not the case for me. Things become more difficult every time. I’m having more difficulties with e-mail than with WordPress right now. Optimum Online just updated about two weeks ago.

    I believe I’ll try and figure out what you do. I’ll spend more time at the library so I’ll be able to use a PC. That might work better for me. I might post less often because I usually write when the feeling hits me and I also spend a lot of time outdoors. That’s my style. That’s also why an iPad is convenient. I rarely plan, I just write when I feel it.

    Thank you for your help, Carol. I appreciate it. I’ll get back to everyone if I figure something out. πŸ˜€

  10. Thank you for your reply. Please feel free to email me if your email is working (carolahand@gmail.com). Maybe I can help suggest some of the little-tech solutions I’ve discovered… πŸ™‚

  11. One of the main reasons to switch to a new theme is to have a Responsive Layout in the theme which will show readers your blog posts on a mobile device.

  12. I don’t know how to find the different ways to write drafts. I’m guessing that the classic editor is the format used before they changed everything a while back. I liked that much more than the newer version. There were also many more tools at your disposal.

    While I don’t like the changes they’ve made I’m wondering if my iPad is simply breaking down. One of the insidious techniques corporations use to force people to spend money is to build things so they become obsolete as quickly as possible. That might be the main problem. However, I honestly don’t understand how that would allow only some pictures to show up and for only some text to print in bold – even when I tediously write extra characters to make sure it’s uniform. It seems strange to me.

    Thank you for your help.

  13. I appreciate that very much. Because I read your blog I know you’re very busy and also enjoy quiet time with family and nature so I hesitate to take you up on your generous offer. However, I might if I continue to have these problems and don’t find an adequate solution.

    Thank you. I wish you peace and good fortune with your wonderful projects.

  14. I guess I should look into that. Who knows what will help? πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your advice.

    Peace.

  15. Not sure how your Ipad would have anything to do with problems using WordPress.com.

    Use the Classic Editor for new posts: https://ashiftinconsciousness.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php

    Bookmark that link so you can easily find it in the future.

  16. Really? That’s interesting. It never would have occurred to me. Now I have to look into that. πŸ™‚

    Thank you so much for the help.

    Peace.

  17. Everything is slower and more difficult to do now on the iPad. These things haven’t changed on the PC I use at the library so I assume it might have something to do with the iPad being old. I believe (yes, without evidence) that iPads (probably along with everything else) are built to eventually break down as part of the plan to convince us to buy new if we want to continue doing what we’re doing.

    Of course I don’t know this has anything to do with these problems on WordPress. I’m just open to different possible explanations and trying to figure it out.

    Anyway, thank you very much for the link. I’ll definitely try it.

  18. I hope I can continue writing on wordpress. Even if I can’t I’d still read posts from my favorite bloggers. πŸ˜€

    I’m surprised that there wouldn’t be a difference in service between free and paying customers for anything. This is a Capitalist society. Also, there are things I was previously able to do while writing in WordPress that aren’t available to me anymore. One was putting a line through a word. Bold print was available at a touch, then suddenly wasn’t available until I figured out how a slow, tedious way to do it in HTML. Italics were also available at a touch, then could only be done by going into HTML like the bold print, but now can’t be done at all. I assumed all this time that these options were only available in paid plans. Why else would I not be able to do things I could do previously.

    It’s confusing. One person suggested going to a help center, but I could only find help that had to be paid for. Maybe there is a free service, but I wasn’t able to find it.

    As far as photos, if it was only losing control over placement I would arrange my text to match what they gave me, but many photos just never showed up in the final stage. It appeared they would in the draft, but there was nothing in the post.

    Anyway, I’d like to thank everyone for all of the help they’ve given. I’m busy taking care of a bunch of homeless cats in Manhattan as well as walking some pugs for a few days, but I’ll get around to trying the various suggestions I’ve received and see what works.

    Peace and blessings to everyone…

  19. Thanks for that tip, Dandelion. Good to know.

  20. WordPress keeps upgrading their system. Are you using their “Improved Editor” for posting?

    ❀

  21. Actually, every time they upgrade blogging becomes more difficult for me. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. That’s why I thought my iPad being old might have something to do with it.

    Apparently Dandelion Salad was right about a few things.

    I haven’t completed my post that had the discussed problems, but I’ve been able to place all of my photos in the draft in classic editor. It’s the format I wrote in for years and was used to, but they updated and I started having problems. After they brought in their new & improved format I wasn’t able to write in the draft. For a while I was allowed to easily switch to the old format, but eventually that disappeared from my options. Then, I was unable to write in the draft without serious problems. I then started writing in my iPad and using copy & paste. I still had problems, but adapted. Now, clicking on the link Dandelion Salad provided I have the original format and things are much easier. The problem I have at this point is placement of the photos. I plan on working on that tonight or tomorrow. I’m going to see Bernie Sanders tomorrow in the Hell’s Kitchen area of Manhattan so I might be busy, but that’s all good. πŸ˜€ I’ll see if I’m able to get the post the way I want. If not, I’ll have to compromise.

    Thanks again for all of the help. It’s great to be connected with nice people who care about others.

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