Wednesday, 20 November 2019

An apology!

What happened to all the comments?
November 2019

I had been coming to the conclusion that blogging isn't what it used to be.

The number of visitors to the Capt Ahab site have kept climbing over the years, but I was more than a little mystified why the comments had stopped. I was increasingly of the opinion that I was writing into a vacuum - because no one ever said anything in reply.

But then this morning, at 4.30am when I couldn't sleep, I was idly adding something to the blog when I started clicking on the buttons relating to unmoderated comments. Imagine my shock when there were literally hundreds of unpublished comments.....

I used to rely on a notification e-mail from Blogger that a comment was awaiting moderation, but somehow this function was turned off about 18 months ago. So, I offer a heartfelt apology to all of you have left a comment and been puzzled why I had never replied.

The system is working now and I will regularly check the unmoderated comments button in future. Please don't think I was being rude - I love to get comments, especially those that add historical snippets to my posts.

If you ask me "did you switch the e-mail notification system off?" my reply will have to be "no comment"!


Tom and Jan said...

Andy about 6 years ago our son who works in internet marketing informed me google wasn't particularly interested in blogging. Apparently it's too much of a 'one way' medium and generates far less 'traffic' than other forms of social media. Essentially he was telling me blogging is of interest to the older generation and the money is with the younger generation.

My guess is Google will keep Blogger going but it will be on minimal life support. Eventually all blog owners will have to move to an alternative like Wordpress.


ex nb Waiouru

Andy Tidy said...

You are probably right Tom - and I will have to decide what to do with all the content!

Pip and Mick said...

Andy, it is possible to transfer the old content from blogger to wordpress. We got fed up with the "Open Live Writer and pictures not loading into blogger" problem so moved the whole blog to Wordpress. I won't say it was simple but it wasn't difficult. Plus we have to pay a small(ish) yearly subcription.

Glad you've got your comments back.

NB Oleanna