I thought I’d just do a brief update of a few blogging bits & pieces for a change of pace today. How is everyone doing? I do hope you’re all managing as well as possible over the weekend & that the week ahead is kind to you.
Check Your Folders
Comments I’m leaving on other blogs are increasingly not showing straight away, meaning there are probably lots of comments from readers hitting pending and spam folders. Quite a few of you have said my comments are going to spam, so for some unknown reason WordPress has a massive hate-on for me at the moment, and probably a few others, too. Just a heads up to remember to check comments folders just in case you’re missing out on any wayward comments 🙂
Need A Hosting Provider?
I’ve seen a few posts about people either considering moving to self-hosted, or needing a new provider. Do make sure you check whether or not a domain is included as this will be an additional charge to consider if not. I’ve changed since last year to take up new customer offers as the first year is typically cheaper than subsequent years, but I’ve found both TSO Host and HeyPresto packages to be very decent, offering the lowest rates but with good reliability and service.
If you’ve used TSO Host before, you might want to consider HeyPresto (formerly Kloudhost), who I’m currently using.
Annual Bloggers Bash
For those in the bloggosphere, you may have come across this previously. In it’s 5th year now, it’s the Annual Bloggers Bash where amazing contributors are celebrated and awarded.
I have never been nominated for anything, nor do I ever expect to be. But that doesn’t stop me from wanting to get involved because there are so many incredible guys & gals out there that deserve recognition.
I’ll be sitting down to think of my nominations over the next two days as it’s so hard to choose. And I’m painfully indecisive at the best of times! Nominations are open until the end of March (voting starts in April) and you can nominate blogs in various categories, from best overall blog to parenting and lifestyle. You can find the form here.
Will you be nominating this year? Or have you already been nominated in previous years?
A Thank You To The Blogging World
I thought I’d follow on from that to take this opportunity to say Thank You.
The Internet, social media and even the blogging world can have its negatives and drawbacks. But they can also be hugely insightful, informative and empowering. It’s hard to imagine a world without it all now, and I think it’s a great time to celebrate the benefit blogs bring to the writer, the reader and the online community as a whole.
Thank You to all of you who read, comment, lurk and like posts on InvisiblyMe. Thank You to those of who message and email and those I’m honoured to call friends. Thank You to all of you, readers and bloggers, for making the blogging world the awesome place that it is. And Thank You to the writers who share, raise awareness, elicit laughs, give advice, provide support, and inject motivation and inspiration through their blogs.
Comments on InvisiblyMe
Thank you to everyone who gave feedback in my last Mini Me Update post about liking/commenting on my blog. I picked up a few things –
Post Likes – It seems to be a common issue throughout WP blogs where the ‘like’ button doesn’t always load. I find this myself quite regularly, having to refresh the page to get it to load. I’m not sure why this happens, but if it happens on InvisiblyMe and you can’t ‘like’ a post, don’t worry about it 🙂
Commenting via WP Reader – You’ll find you won’t be able to comment on my blog or various others through the WordPress Reader. This is because I run a self-hosted blog with a paid-for theme, so it shows up a little differently; you have to open the blog itself on a webpage to be able to do this.
Notification of replies to your comments – Quite a few of you mentioned you weren’t being notified when I’d replied to your comments. This was really disappointing to hear and I’d hate for people to think I don’t care or don’t bother to respond, as I always try to, though it’s often not straight away. I’ve installed a plug-in to rectify this, so you can tick ‘Notify me of follow-up comments by email’, which will let you know if/when you get a response to your comment by myself or another reader. For anyone else having the same issue, the plug-in I’ve used is ‘Subscribe to Comments Reloaded’.