WordPress.com Sucks Big Time
RE-BLOGGED FROM HTTP://LAGOSBOOKSCLUB.COM
When WP suspended our sister blog yesterday here is the reply we gave
> …we do not know why our site has been suspended …this is our 13th
> month and never received not even a warning just once…despite the
> rules some of us still need to be guided along the blogging
> pathways…most of what we are doing were picked from wordpress pages
> and we appreciate if corrections are applied as soon as
> possible…after all the blog referred to is non-commercial and more
> of a public service…
> …our commercial blog is already self-hosted on
> http://lagosbooksclub.com and we will be grateful if that one is
> kindly reviewed too to avoid sudden suspension as this one…
> … please lets know where we went wrong on
> Thank you”
Having waited for almost 12 hours without any reply we posted this:
We did not stop there. We also searched the web for alternative service providers and got to know about 20 of them….willing to give the same free services and with communities not as big as WP….For sake of decency i will not post their links here.But they do exist and they can be sought out.
Above all, we restructured our blog on Blogger and posted 5 articles mainly from our WP library….But the real task was learning how to post smartly like a WP veteran…We got most of the the things needed so far,shared our posts from Blogger as we normally do on WP…. Many of our followers would have noticed this too…
Surprisingly we also got more page views per hour than we were used to at WP….Our spirits were up again and we were looking forward to great activity on BLOGGER from today when we suddenly saw this reply from WP:
Thank you for getting in touch.
Your site was flagged by our automated anti-spam controls. We have reviewed your site and have removed the suspension notice. Please be sure to clear your browser’s cache and, if necessary, restart the browser.
We greatly apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused.
WordPress.com | Automattic
After reading this we did not know whether to cry or smile.Smile because it was like being released from jail.Cry because many members of the WP community are not aware of all the silent but unnecessary efforts honest Nigerian bloggers bring to bear to prove they are genuine!.To us a suspension is not an ordinary beating with a small stick.It is more like a whiplash!.
In our case we had made lots of effort at proving we are here for what we claim to be.Firstly we indirectly showed on our WP BLOGS where our interests lie.Even on FACEBOOK and TWITTERS we ensured that our friends and followers were more than 95% Nigerian!.We wrote no personal letters or proposals for business to anyone outside Nigeria.Our academic services as can be found on our blogs are for Nigerian students taking NIGERIAN WAEC,NECO and JAMB exams.
We had our reasons for this.We did not want to be smeared with the usual silly paintbrush reserved specially for Nigerians on the net.We carefully identified blogging objectives for each blog, wrote them out publicly and gave header descriptions to each blog loud and clear.
So our question is whether WP has a special anti-spam software for all Nigerians blogging here.? What would have happened if it were our commercial blog that was suspended leading to great loss of money? Would an apology from the master have ironed things out? And supposing it happens again in futureWe should just feed on good o’l apology,smile and continue? Is that the way things work out in the real world?Or is it just because WP see a group of people as aliens from Mars?
But do we want to continue to blog here? Right now its hard to say.The love for WP is gone.And how do we put a stop to a forced but successful foray back into Blogger? Of course, we do not expect our ramblings to make any meaning to a huge set-up like WP. But they mean lots to us.They are not only a recording of how we feel right now but we hope to get some therapy from this post… and perhaps some closure to an unfortunate and definitely unjustifiable suspension.
We hope our readers will accept our apology for inconvenience experienced today in accessing http://lagosbooksclub.wordpress,.com.If we feel better we may resume blogging there soon after we might have tested page views on Blogger a bit.more.