My apologies in advance for being a dork

Yep, that's me. With a big Wiener-mobile. Being a dork...
Yep, that’s me. With a big Wiener-mobile. Being a dork…
This photo really has nothing to do with this post, other than to provide documentation that, yes — I am a dork. I say this because, thanks to several followers, I was alerted to the fact that my last five or six posts never appeared in any tagged categories in the general “freshly pressed” pages available to everyone. After doing some research, I discovered that my dorkness had indeed extended beyond my personal being and into the settings of my blog’s “publish” settings. That said, I want to thank everyone for their encouragement to get things like “My Review of a Book That Doesn’t Actually Exist,” “Spring Starts Once You’ve Mowed Over Your Hibachi,” and a few others out to the general WordPress population. So when you begin to see a series of repeats in your mail boxes, rest assured it’s not because I’m losing my mind.

Ok, that could be part of it too, but mostly it’s because I’m a dork.

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

30 thoughts on “My apologies in advance for being a dork”

  1. OMG…Ned & The Wienermobile! Can the Idado Spud-Mobile be far behind? *me, planning to stay tuned for yet more dorky pictures*

    Life is good.

    1. Can you share what did you have to do to make your post appear in the tag reader? My posts haven’t been showing up there for as long as I remember.

      1. No problem. And I have seen your posts there, but only on occasion — which is why I follow you. Someone had suggested to me that I need to put in as many keyword tags as possible before posting, so that it will reach more venues. When I realized my posts weren’t appearing anymore, I contacted the WordPress questions forum. That’s when Timethief explained that if you tag more than 15 categories, WordPress will automatically disallow the post to go anywhere other than to your followers and your blog. This is done to keep people from blanketing every category, which makes sense. I had started listing keywords and averaging about 18 to 20 tags, which is when my posts stopped going to the general board. As long as you keep it to less than 15 tags, you should be good. I’m now limiting myself to 8 at the most. Kind of like my sexual positions once I entered my mid 40s…

        1. Thank you for taking the time to write this out. I thought there is a certain setting you were supposed to enable to appear in the tag reader, but it doesn’t look as though that was the problem.
          I know that WP asks people to limit the number of tags on the post, and I actually do limit the number of tags I use to 10 or fewer. I’ve been doing that for months with no visible (in tag reader) results. I’ve left the question in the forum, and I don’t think I ever got the answer.

          1. Sorry that didn’t help. I’m not a techno person, so just finding the “help” page was a real accomplishment for me. But there were several other things listed to try in addition to reducing tags. If nothing else, go to timethief’s blog. It’s all about blogging and there’s a whole section on this subject — and she answers questions promptly. She is the one who replied to my question in the forum. Good Luck!

    1. I had to re-publish them, which kind of messed up my site, but it’ll eventually work out. In the meantime, everyone who visits will just think I have Alzheimer’s…

      1. The reason I asked is because WP has a new tag WPlongreads. I know some bloggers who have long posts that are worth reading so I was sort of hoping that your error and the tagging may have been helpful in the end but apparently not, you’re just forgetful.

        Thanks so much for answering my question.
        Happy Monday!

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