The weeping and gnashing of teeth was heard for miles around.
Beavers ceased their gnawing on logs to discover the source of the commotion.
Woodpeckers stopped pecking on trees, searching for delicate insects to munch, cocking their peckered ears to listen.
Chickadees quit chickadeeeedeeeedeeee’ing.
“What’s the buzz?” asked the bumblebees way down south, because there surely aren’t bees up here in North Country until at least May or June.
“Who’s caterwauling?” croaked the tree frogs (who won’t appear until later this month or maybe April, those lovely harbingers of spring.)
Yes, yes, we must admit.
‘Tis we who weep and gnash, the WordPress bloggers and some unlucky readers. The howls rise in despair across the blogging land.
What? some of you are asking. Tears? Crying? What’s she talkin’ about now? I’m already enjoying my Friday, thank you, and not a tiny bad sad. She’s just trying to attract readers to her blog with that FAKE headline.
No, no, no.
Read on and hear the plight of millions.
OK, maybe thousands.
Our beloved site host, WordPress, made some changes a couple of days ago. They tweaked our beloved commenting section, attempting to make it more user-friendly, or WordPress-friendly, or, heck, I have no idea what they were trying to accomplish.
Instead, instead…they ended up choking off the commenting capability of many beloved commenters.
Yes. Many folks are now unable to comment here at Lake Superior Spirit and on many other fine WordPress blogs in blogging land.
Some people, of course, can. If you have a WordPress account, you’re In like Flynn. Other non-WordPress people can, miraculously, sneak by the sentries and reach the commenting fort without being eliminated from the commenting field.
But many others cannot comment.
I say “many” because I have received emails from two frustrated readers. (And who knows how many have not reached my email inbox because–sob!–they simply turned away in despair and depression without attempting to communicate, somehow, some way…)
“We can’t comment,” they sob into their emails. “Something is wrong with my computer–or YOUR computer–or WordPress–or the Universe!”
As a good host, I traveled over to the WordPress forums yesterday to be assaulted with dozens upon dozens upon dozens of other bloggers weeping & gnashing teeth.
“HELP US WORDPRESS!” the bloggers beg, losing all pride.
WordPress responds to us: Tell your commenters to sign into their WordPress accounts.
But WordPress, they don’t have WordPress accounts.
They must have had ’em in the past, WordPress replies. Tell them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
I write back my two suffering emailers, offering this tidbit.
Still have not heard how and if they are being assisted.
In the meantime, I am handing out Kleenex. Many Kleenex to those who weep. Please do not gnash teeth. Very bad for eventual TMJ syndrome. Instead, be proactive. Contact that help line. Tell them that you can not get by another second–another minute–another day–without sending a love comment to Kathy @ Lake Superior Spirit (or, OK, substitute the name–sob!–of your other favorite blog!)