The last few weeks have been pretty amazing, particularly with the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that The Bloke and I have participated in for his birthday. I’ve also had quite a buzz from blogging every day over the last week, rediscovering my enjoyment of simply writing things down and interacting with the community. I spent hours putting together a large and detailed post yesterday, sent it out across my social media, replied to my comments and then settled in for the evening. I always get a huge sense of satisfaction when I’ve done large post – those are the ones that are often evergreen and bring in the most amount of views over a long period of time.
I woke up this morning in a really positive mood and set myself up to start working through my social media management checklist, and then I read a message from a blogging friend that I received last night after I had fallen asleep:
’Do you know that you’re getting spam pop-ups on your last post on Facebook?’
I checked it out, and there it was – a spam pop-up on my London post informing me of a voucher that I had won. It’s completely fake, unsolicited and was immediately worrying as WordPress does not allow these sorts of pop-ups. The problem is, it now appears on my Twitter and Pinterest link for that post too – the source of a large amount of my traffic. It only seems to appear through mobile devices, but that doesn’t help – I don’t want any potential readers to be scammed and it also potentially affects my views as it isn’t able to be closed down to read the post – the whole thing has to be closed down instead, including my post link.
I contacted WordPress, who responded immediately and are in the process of dealing with it (their message system is amazing), but it completely destroyed my early morning positive buzz. I LOVE blogging and I love my social media management routine, but there are moments like this where I feel completely despondent with the ongoing battle surrounding every aspect of the blog except the actual writing of the posts. This year in particular has seen so many changes that are completely out of my control – social media algorithms, readership, app functionality (I really dislike the new Canva update) – and with the daily spam comments and emails I find it really frustrating to have to re-learn how to do things that I had just started to feel confident with. It’s a battle that never seems to really end. Yes, my tech knowledge is improving all the time because of it, but it does make me wonder if it is worth it.
Of course, The ever-rational Bloke reminded me that I could be feeling miserable (and equally frustrated) in a classroom right about now, instead of snuggling up under a blanket with the cat at my feet, the heating on and my Bullet Journal in front of me. I hate it when he’s right.
But still – it’s one thing I could have done without today.
What about you guys? Do you feel like you’re fighting a losing battle with the constant updates, changes and spam messages?
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