Problems Again

….not sure if I’ve been hacked

Almost a year ago I experienced some issues with my WordPress account because I couldn’t like any posts or leave comments on anybody else’s blog. It turned out to be a Safari problem and thanks to some of my readers I was able to correct the problem.

The same thing is happening again but this time going into Safari looking for the same setting is not the issue. I’ve contacted WordPress and they’ve informed me that the problem rests with my ‘over’ usage of my blog. Here is exactly what they said.

…..please note that your account has been flagged for an excessive amount of social activity which made your account appear more like a spam-bot than a human being.

Please keep in mind that our like features are designed to help you keep up with your favorite blogs, give easy feedback to their authors, and nurture direct conversations. They are not to be used as a means of promoting your site through mass notifications.

Does this sound like me? Many of you have probably wondered where I’ve been because I haven’t been able to keep up with all my emails in the last two months. To keep from getting too far behind again I’ve tried to read emails as they come in and many of those I do ‘like’. I’m probably reading 50 emails a day on average. Is that considered over use?

When I questioned them on what is considered excessive this is the answer I received:

To clarify, I’m specifically referring to the amount of times you’ve been using the Like feature. When you like content on WordPress.com, the owners of that content receive notifications each time. This is intended to inform content owners about who is interacting with their content and is not intended as a system to attract mass attention to your content.

After blogging for seven years I think I know how to use the Like feature. I only have 2000 followers, many of whom I assume are dormant. I don’t have time to look for new blogs. Anyway after 24 hours the Like feature will supposedly be enabled again.

I apologize to those who haven’t heard from me in awhile. I have tried to remedy that but WordPress has made that impossible. Hopefully all will be sorted soon. Has anyone else had a similar problem? I’d like to know and any advice that you can give me would be most appreciated.

 

WPC – The ‘Unlikely’ Return

….after yesterday’s windstorm it was very unlikely that today life would return as a normal spring day so quickly

The forecast was for more wind but not as severe as yesterday but with all the damage that the storm did I thought it would take a few days for things to return to normal. Even though today is a Saturday, people are already having repairs done to their roofs, the streets have been cleared of debris and tree branches and entire trees and couples and families are out walking and enjoying the sun. You can see from the photos that the water is still pretty choppy but it’s not keeping people from sitting at the shore to take in some rays or for some brave souls (or foolhardy) to get into their boats today.

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I know that the damage that you see here may not seem like much, especially if you compare it to the damage that a hurricane or tornado can do but two people did die during this storm from falling trees and 100 000 people were without power.

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WPC – Weathered

thanks to WordPress for this week’s theme weathered

weath·ered
ˈweT͟Hərd/
adjective
adjective: weathered
  1. worn by long exposure to the air; weather-beaten.
    “weathered rock”
weath·er
ˈweT͟Hər/
verb
past tense: weathered; past participle: weathered
  1. 1.
    wear away or change the appearance or texture of (something) by long exposure to the air.
    “his skin was weathered almost black by his long outdoor life”
    synonyms: weather-beaten, worn; More

    • (of rock or other material) be worn away or altered by long exposure to the air.
      “the ice sheet preserves specimens that would weather away more quickly in other regions”
    • FALCONRY
      allow (a hawk) to spend a period perched on a block in the open air.
      noun: weathering
  2. 2.
    come safely through (a storm).
    • withstand (a difficulty or danger).
      “this year has tested industry’s ability to weather recession”
      synonyms: survive, come through, ride out, pull through; More

    • SAILING
      (of a ship) get to the windward of (a cape or other obstacle).
  3. 3.
    make (boards or tiles) overlap downward to keep out rain.
    • (in building) slope or bevel (a surface) to throw off rain.
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WPC – Cheeky

…this week’s theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is cheeky

cheek·y
[ˈCHēkē]

ADJECTIVE
cheekier (comparative adjective) · cheekiest (superlative adjective)
  1. impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way:
    “a cheeky grin”
    antonyms:polite
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WPC – Ooh, Shiny!

…..what am I easily distracted by?

There are probably a lot of things that distract me, make me lose my focus but one of them is seeing art. I’m fascinated with abstract artists and I can get lost in their paintings. This happened to me last year when I had the opportunity to see numerous famous works of art at the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery in Venice.P1010122

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Check out other WPC – ooh, Shiny! posts.

What’s the Significance of the Number 1337?

…..the other day WordPress notified me of a milestone

When I started this blog three and a half years ago I had no idea that I would still be blogging this far down the road, never mind posting 1337 articles.

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Congratulations on writing 1337 posts on Mama Cormier!

My question, however, has to do with the number 1337. Why is that number a milestone in the blogging world or at least at WordPress? When I think of milestone numbers, 500, 1000 and 10 000 come to mind. Am I thinking in metric terms? Is 1337 an important number in the Imperial system?

What am I missing? If anyone can help me I’d be most appreciative. In the meantime I’ll celebrate this recognition doled out by those wiser than me at WordPress.

Upon doing further research I did find in Urban Dictionary that 1337 means ‘elite’. Is this the answer?