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Thursday, 24 September 2009

The Invisible Are Visible Again!



Welcome back, Followers - I'm glad to be able to SEE you all again today!

I'm a little concerned, though, that yesterday's post may have been misunderstood by some who perhaps were not having the same problem that I had...

So I'd like to clarify that my complaints yesterday were all about a pure technicality: the Followers widget boxes kept showing up empty for a couple of days, without any avatars in them, both on my own blogs and on other people's that I visited, and whichever browser or computer I used...

I did not really think I had lost my followers, and I did not really feel all that "out of touch" with you; I was just irritated about wasting a lot of time trying to find the fault in my own computer (or head), while really it was with Blogger all the time. When I turned to the Help forum, I found lots of people having the same problem since two days back - and Blogger rather unhelpful, not even including it among "known issues", in spite of  lots of complaints about the same thing. Today, however, it seems the problem has been resolved (although Blogger still has not properly commented on it).

So that was really what it was all about; even if I might have happened to add a more philosophical undertone to it when writing my blog post yesterday... That was just meant to lighten up the mood of irritation with technology!


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With the new Picture Book blog, I'm actually more than happy that some people have already found their way to it. After all, it has only been a day or two since I put up the first link! It would truly have been a miracle if anyone had found it before that. (Actually, I did not even particularly want anyone to find it before that, because I wanted to take my time figuring out what it was I wanted to do...)

I'm not saying there aren't days when I keep checking my email for comments, and wish there were more of them. And certainly there is room for a few more followers yet in my widget boxes. But I'm not complaining about those I already have - just so you know!!! I never expected everyone to read everything, or even less comment on everything... (I don't do that myself, so how could I expect it of others?)

If anything, I'm still truly fascinated that I've managed to connect with a number of people "out there" (in cyberspace) at all. When I wrote my first blog post back in January, I really had no idea I would be meeting so many interesting people. Now I'm talking especially to you who are sometimes commenting here, and who know that I sometimes read and comment on your blogs too: You're all amazing, you know! Each in his or her own unique way... I have learnt so much from you already, and I expect to learn more as we move on!

I'm glad I found you, or you found me (whichever came first). That's why I complain (to Blogger) when you disappear out of sight.

8 comments:

Dan Felstead said...

We are glad we found you also! I have learned more about Sweden n the last 6 months than in the last 59 years of my life!

Thanks for the info and keep it coming....

Dan

Dr.John said...

But just remember blogger is free and much better than it was three years ago.

jeannette stgermain said...

Your Picture book is beautiful work, Dawn! Yeah, I had some problems too with Blogger a few days ago (I couldn't load up pics).
Yeah, wait till you are 6 months further, you'll be addicted to blogging, because there are many interesting people out here!

DawnTreader said...

Dan - Thank you, and I intend to! ;)

DawnTreader said...

Dr John - My complaints about Blogger are not really all that serious either. I just wish they were better at announcing when there is trouble going on. It would save a lot of time and worry to be told that the problem is at their end, not at mine, and that they're working on it.

They might be better at it now than three years ago - I would not know, since I have not been around that long! Hopefully they'll continue to get even better.

DawnTreader said...

Jeannette - I have to confess myself already addicted; but I'm trying to keep my expectations on a reasonable level...

GB said...

I started my blog in New Zealand as a way of keeping friends in touch instead of having to send everyone individual sets of photos. I also used it as a sort of diary. Then people found it. Some liked it. Some didn't. In turn I've found people. I've liked some of their blogs and been less enthusiastic about others. I've learned a lot about other places and cultures and enjoy it immensly. And I've made some really good blogger friends. Like you I'm not looking for numbers. I'm happy with those I follow and those who follow me. Quality not quantity!!

DawnTreader said...

GB, I agree. If I woke up one day and found I suddenly had aquired 200 new followers or so over night, that would actually cause me a lot more panic than to see the widget temporarily empty for a couple of days...

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