For many of us we get up in the morning, turn on the computer and check our numbers. Page Views = Dollars.
How do we get page views? When our subscribers received e-mail notifications they click and comment on our articles. I know, I know — you say most page views are from Google searches. Maybe that is true, partly. I know that if I read an article and think a friend might enjoy it I send my friend the link. Or a friend receives the notice, reads and passes to another friend and on and on.
Not only aren’t notices going out, numbers have not been updated since 4/28. That is something we depend on. We like to see those numbers climb up and up. I wrote an article 7 am eastern time one morning this week because I wanted it to hit early. No notices went out, a few loyal fans found it. I went in and hit delete – it was gone. Amazingly, the next day it was back on my content page…??? Explain that one someone, please?!
Another thing – I sent an e-mail to admin stating that on the forums I do not see anything but the words…all the writers are now ‘ghost writers’ – no photo, no name, no clue who is asking and answering. I received a reply, asking what operating system I use because they can’t duplicate the problem. Well gosh darn, go read the forums, it’s not just me. This isn’t something I made up in my strange writer’s mind. I am positive I am not the only person using IE and Windows 98.
It’s beginning to feel very lonely. I get messages from other authors asking me what’s going on. I don’t have a clue. I wish I did. I ask the same questions of others, they don’t know either. I normally approach something like this with humor, but it’s not so funny any longer. I take this very seriously and meet deadlines when I accept an assignment desk article, I follow the rules, I comment on other articles, I have a great group of favs and subscribers. I enjoy writing, commenting, reading, watching the numbers grow and I look forward to the few bucks I make.
I don’t enjoy the glitches and problems and being ignored. We are not typing machines. We are human beings sitting behind computers and putting our hearts, souls and tears into these pieces. We take our ‘jobs” serious and we expect fair treatment.
I am not the only author voicing my concerns, my complaints and frustration. Read the articles. Read the Forums. I know, I know, it happens, problems happen, glitches happen, e-mail notifications don’t happen, updates don’t happen and it takes away so much of the pleasures of the job. Job, yes, it’s a job. Anything I do that earns me money is a job. When I do a job I expect to be treated fairly. Is it too much to ask for someone to fix these problems? Glitches happen, but they can and should be fixed as quickly as possible.
In summary, please send out a general message to let us know that you know these problems exist and that you are working on them. You do that when you want to make a an announcement about a contest. We all would appreciate the feedback and acknowledgment. What we do here at AC is – we process information, we communicate that information to others. We, the loyal writers at AC, expect the same – we need communication from AC. Let us know, keep us informed and we will be much happier.
We all thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in solving these glitches.