Dear friends and occasional readers,

I just want you to know that I have been stopping by your blogs and often leave comments. I realize however, that you would never know that because my comments just disappear. I don’t know why this is happening. I’ve sent emails to WP Support, to no avail. You might check your ‘spam’ folder to see if my comments end up there, but for now, I don’t know what happens. Like I said, I just want you to know that I have been reading your wonderful postings . . . at least for now.

I’m heading off to study (I’m back in school), so my absence will be real for a while, but until now I have been to see you. Maybe WP will see this (or maybe not) and possibly something will be done to correct the situation (possibly). At any rate, thank you for stopping by, and sometime maybe I’ll once again be afforded the opportunity to comment on your wonderful blogs. Who knows?


Cecelia Futch


Gmail, I Don’t Swear As a Rule, BUT . . .

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Hmmm . . . I was wondering why I stopped receiving notifications when my blogging friends posted new stories. Once upon a time my gmail box would be full every time I visited. I looked forward to reading what others were writing about, or photographing. I enjoyed visiting other sites when I could. Even when I got behind (usually due to studies or other life events), I knew that notifications would be waiting for me and I could catch up when time allowed. But for a few weeks now, my gmail box has been almost empty. There have been a few listings here and there, but only from sites outside of WordPress. Hmmm . . . (yes, I know I’m repeating myself). Had WordPress changed the way they notified blog subscribers? I found myself using the blog reader in WP, but that didn’t work so well when I wanted to go back and read back-posts from a week ago, or two weeks ago. Or, for those who post only two or three times a week, or less, it is a hit-or-miss situation. I found that I was missing many posts from a lot of bloggers that I enjoy keeping up with. MInd you, there are times when I definitely get behind. I’m in the midst of one of my most challenging quarters yet (lots of statistics–ugh!) but it is nice to take a break here and there, read something a friend has written, leave a comment when I can, or check “like” to let my buddies know that I stopped by. WELL, this morning while I was exploring the “new” gmail, which probably isn’t so new anymore, I discovered that I had close to 3,000 notifications in my spam folder…. 3,000!!!! You gotta be kidding me!!! So, I checked it out, and sure enough that is where ALL WordPress notifications of your wise, wonderful, insightful, beautiful, inspiring, funny, elegant and otherwise great postings have been going. GRRRRRRRRR….  Why they started sending the notifications to my spam box, I don’t know.

Well, it is not the end of the world, nor is the sky falling. The earth is not shaking (I’ve experienced that a few times and it is definitely more frightening than my email in my gmail going to spam mail). It is an aggravation, nothing more. But I do depend on the mail to help me keep abreast of what is happening in the blogging world. Soooooo  . . . I’ll try to get this straightened out. My absence from your sites is not intentional, nor does it mean my blogging days are waning. It simply means the GMAIL IS FALLING DOWN ON THE JOB! (Do you think that the gmail fairies are reading this blog?)  I may not be able to catch up with all the postings (3,000, can you believe it!), but I’ll be back to see you soon.

In the meantime, have a glorious day.  I feel better now that I’ve gotten this off my chest. 🙂 I hope you are feeling great, too!

With affection for all my blogging friends,

Cecelia Futch 🙂