My Prompt of today: The Great New Look

Tell us about the time when you felt that you were lost in Internet, no longer knew where you were and felt misunderstood

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Yes, fellow bloggers, the time has come to rant about what we are all ranting about. Some are happy with the new look of the daily post. They are the lucky ones that have their comments printed to the sound of clapping hands because they find the new look is wonderful, they love the colours, they love the design and for them the world is OK.

At the risk of having this blog cancelled, I am now going to write what I think. The colours are OK, why not? They can be yellow, blue, red, sky-blue purple. I do not care as long as the rest is functioning, but is it?

Of course it is, although on my first day I had to search to actually find the daily prompt title. After a week, one of the WordPress experts gave us a link. Here it is for those that have not yet found it http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/. It seems that WordPress have lost the list of our e-mail addresses through the changeover and so we have to “do it yourself”. No problem, it keeps us awake.

Now to the next problem. We now have a grid system showing all the contributions to the daily prompt, so what could be better. It looks neat and nice and every blog contribution has its own little box in the grid with the title of the blog and name of the author. Fantastic! It is pretty and nicely spaced, but where are the pingbacks? We no longer have pingbacks, we do not need them according to the WordPress gurus and so I ventured to mention this on the page reserved for our remarks on the great new look. My first comment was cancelled, my second one got through and so did the third eventually, but No. 4 is no longer in existence, so I progressed to the forum where we can state our problems, hoping that this would be the solution to the missing Pingbacks.

Another link: Do you Like the Look of the Daily Post

As you can see I was not very successful, but probably in my excitement and disappointment I mixed things up. I had a remark from a drama queen who was under the impression that she invented WordPress and she (and me) were answered by one of the WordPress gurus. Eventually in my despair, I mopped my tears from my computer and found myself apologising for even asking such a stupid question about “Where are the Pingbacks”. However I was rescued from this situation, by chance, when discovering a poll issued by a fellow blogging victim that was also lingering in the Summer of discontent. I filled out his poll and I would advise you to visit his page and do the same. The more the merrier.

Another link that does not seem to work, just try a copy paste:
http://viewsplash.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/do-you-like-the-look-of-the-new-daily-post/

I made my comment under Angloswiss and his answer was excellent and he had some very good suggestions to how things should be, especially his remarks about pingbacks.

I like my pingbacks. If you do not like them you just have to tick a box somewhere in the internal workings of your site, and you will not receive them. Otherwise they are excellent for keeping in contact with the events on the daily prompt, finding new fellow bloggers and actually reading what is written. I do not know about you, but I do. However the drama queen has another opinion:

“They were publishing a post on the daily prompt topic and into it they indiscriminately copied and pasted the whole whack of pingbacks thedailypost prompt had already received and had been approved. I GROANED out loud whenI read what was being indiscriminately backlinked to and almost lost it and posted a rant on the subject.

Copying and pasting a whack of pingbacks appearing on another post without reading each one to be sure it’s not a low quality and/or no quality post at the end of one’s own post is NOT the way to go at all.”

So you see the drama queen has a point, although it is not my point.

It has also come to my attention that since we have this great new look, the number of contributions are dwindling daily. If you subtract the Russians and a couple of others that are free riding on our beloved Daily Prompts, our community is shrinking.

I enjoy writing my daily prompt and I enjoy reading the others (time permitting). This morning I was only fifteen minutes on the computer. Mr. Swiss asked what was wrong? I was ready to go shopping an hour earlier than usual. I told him the pingback session fell out this morning and will probably fall out most mornings as it no longer exists. He seemed to be a little disappointed knowing that his beloved wife was no longer occupied for an hour with her pingbacks.

Of course you can pingback if you do it yourself. Just visit every little square on the grid, do a copy paste of the link and you have your pingback list. Unfortunately this takes a long while and the grid order seems to change regularly, so be careful that you are not repeating the pingback. In other words, no, forget it, it is not worth it.

I hope I have covered everything. The best is that I am not new to blogging and started my career at Yahoo 350 which no longer exists. I progressed to Multiple which also no longer exists and via Blogger I arrived at WordPress. I seem to have left a trail of destruction in my wake, but WordPress has survived up to now. I like WordPress basically, it looks after its bloggers, but something has happened. I am not sure what, but the solution seems to be if it does not suit, then just ignore it and cancel it, it will go away eventually.

I rest my case.

The Great New Look

 

23 thoughts on “My Prompt of today: The Great New Look

  1. I’ve noticed the reduced participation in the weekly challenges. (I’ve only done the daily prompt a couple of times.) I think part of the this is from the fact that the challenges no longer function as traffic generators. It used to be that someone could write a prompt or challenge post and get a lot of visitors from it. Now, they seem to randomize the order of submissions every time you return so it’s not possible to read, say, 1-10 and come back to view 11-20.

    I’ve noticed a few older changes along the way where they were obviously trying to spread the traffic around more fairly; for the longest time, landing in an early pingback slot was inevitably a ticket to tons of traffic and response #80 almost never got read.

    I’ll praise them for trying to make a positive change by changing the pingback setup but I’m not sure the benefits outweigh the costs.

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    • The reduced participation in the daily prompt is definitely according to the new look.I automatically did pingbacks with my daily contributions. I never noticed more or less traffic because of it, I just did it automatically and got to know a lot of fellow bloggers. I also visited the others and made a comment when necessary. Of course there is always spam but I never included those.
      I started blogging in WordPress about six years ago and for the first 2-3 years I did not have a lot of viewers. I then discovered the daily prompt (without pingbacks at first) and gradually i was getting more traffic, slowly but surely. Then one day I was freshly pressed and my visitors went up like a rocket launch. Of course freshly pressed always has an immediate effect on viewers, but it seemed from that point that I was getting an average of 20 a day. Then the WordPress featured a few words on my blog at the end of last year as being a regular etc. etc. and then the viewers again increased to about 100 per day for a week or so.
      I just enjoy writing. Of course I treasure when people make comments, but my main enjoyment is the actual writing, thinking it over and finding an angle.
      I am not here to break records but just for the fun of it. At the moment the fun is dwindling, combined with the new and difficult to understand look. I did a few web sites myself (just web assistant) it is hard work and I really appreciate what the WordPress people do for us. They take an interest in our blogging efforts, more than other sites I know. It is just a little annoying when you notice that our opinions are sifted through and only the “nice” ones are shown.
      I have noticed your contributions to the weekly prompt. Now and again I also write for that prompt, but generally when the theme suits.

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        • No, No that’s OK and you have a lot more experience than I do with blogging. I like to see the opinions of others, we can always learn from each other. I am sure that all this will be history in a few months and we will be settled down and wonder what the problem was. Thank you for your comments, they were very much appreciated.

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  2. Because I don’t utilize The Daily Post so much, I guess I must have missed the implications of this new change. I’ll look into it. I’m sure that I’ll understand the issues with usability once I see them.

    Thanks for the tips!

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  4. When I got back from the hospital and was finally able to actually look around, I thought maybe I was still in some kind of drug-induced crazed state.Eventually I found a post telling me that WP had INTENTIONALLY created this disaster. I was never as much of a regular prompt writer as you, but I did them four or five times a week.

    Other than looking pretty, there’s nothing better about the new format. And no, I don’t get the daily prompt either and I hate the lack of ping-backs. Did you notice (by the way) if you copy the title of the prompt, it comes out in an invisible font — you have to find it and change its color to something in the visible spectrum.

    Why is it WordPress feels a passionate need to fix stuff that’s not broken? So now, if I’m willing to do the search to find what the prompt is and it’s something in which I’m slightly interested, I’ll do it … but briefly. Where I used to write 500 words, now I write 175.

    I have given up objecting to anything WP does having found it pointless. They are NOT listening and seem to resent our feedback. We are the old fogies, not nearly hip and cool enough to appreciate their ART (in Boston, we call it AHT).

    The Weekly Challenges have been crap too, by the way, including their weekly nod to photographers. You ain’t alone, my friend. Not hardly.

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    • I was wondering when you hospital visit would take place, probably when I was in England visiting my dad. Anyhow I hope everything went well for you.

      Yes crap is a good word to describe it. Not the sort of thing we golden oldies need, but it sharpens the wits and keeps you on the ball. I have been fighting my own little psychological warfare about this whole thing and am still alive up to now. I just spent ten minutes of my precious breakfast time copying and pasting the links to the daily prompt – must be mad or something like that.

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  5. Well another one of my comments made it through and it’s official… the list of pingbacks is gone and they aren’t thinking about bringing it back! Sad and damning! 😦

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  7. it took me forever those first few days to find the daily prompt link. I thought I was the only one. sigh. I like the new colors-remind me of the US southwest. my problem has been the topics. they seem a bit stale lately.

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  9. I have been so busy with health issues around the home and I haven’t used the new Daily Post until now… IT STINKS!!! I’d better backup my blog in case I get deleted for practicing free speech about how BAD the new design is! Grrr…

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    • Welcome to the New Improved WordPress where simple things are much harder to accomplish and the only thing “better” about it is the hype from WordPress. Yup, it stinks. Very very smelly.

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