I have been blogging regularly, inserting photographs in my posts where I see fit for about six months now. Today, I’m writing a post and apparently I can no longer insert my content where, or as, I see fit.
I noticed a change in format last week. I thought I was just making the wrong selection in settings since nothing was as I had left it. Then I realized I was not crazy, a change had, indeed, been foisted upon me with no warning. Today, however, I can’t even place the photos within my post, where I choose.
This is no way to foster a relationship. You have my e-mail address. If you were thinking of making changes, you might have let me know. Communication is a beautiful thing when it happens. Communication is what blogging is about. Communication is what didn’t happen between you, WordPress, and me.
I’m bewildered and angry. I feel you’ve, quite literally, pulled the blogging platform from under me. I understand that I’m not your main or only squeeze. I understand you have a billion relationships to handle. And I totally understand that what I have to say may be meaningless to you. We’re all entitled to our opinions. But then you shouldn’t have wooed me with promises of a place to express myself. I bought into your come hither spiel and came to share what I see and think and then, once you had me in your clutches, you change the rules without so much as a “By the way.” Bait and switch may be a time-tested and honored technique for reeling in the rubes. It’s still ugly.
Not nice, WordPress. Clumsy. I feel used and abused. And all this could have been avoided with an e-mail that said, “Oh, by the way, we’re changing the rules.”