I’m not sure, is it me?  Or has wp gone awol?  I was wandering through seeking people I

usually communicate with, and others whose blogs I regular peruse, and low and behold,

I found 1/2 a page or the equivalent to 20 blog posts on reader before they drizzled out

and completely disappeared.

Earlier someone mentioned I was showing up 404 and others as well.  Please, if you’ve noticed

anything, let me know? so I don’t feel like I’m all alone, or for that matter that “unobservant”.

Anyone else seeing this? Or having unscheduled popups on their site?

25 thoughts on “Is it Me?

    1. I went to blindsided and got a bunch, Phase Shift was the worst 12 pop-ups in a row. Did you always have a lot of widgets in your sidebar? The issue is specifically widgets in the 404 message. I got rid of my side bar and those widgets. Goodreads and sponsored widgets lagged my site. The only ones I kept were the follow me and search widgets and I put them in a footer and removed the sidebar altogether. There are a lot of advertisements showing up in your sidebar and a bunch of twitter feed stuff, the twitter widget might be causing a problem too. if you’re paying for website there is support available.

      1. Thank you so much, Sheryl. I’ll look into it immediately.I appreciate the specifics as it gives me a place to start. smooch on the cheek. There’s nothing there that should pop up, none have been permitted. Looking into it now.

        1. So I came back to your site and I got that pop up and I did notice that with each click an ad widget appeared in your side bar. I did it a few times to be sure and it was the same each time.

          I thought I would check the reader for you too since Marilyn pointed it out. You’re not in my reader. I can search the reader for you BUT the only thing that comes up under Covert Novelist is embedded TWITTER feed search. Now when I click on your name to go to your site something interesting happened. I’m taking screen shots and will email them to you.

          1. Got it, thank you. That helps immeasurably. Now he can find the source of the issue. It’s wp Could you check with a different browser if it comes up with a different error message? If so could you let me know? It doesn’t appear in Firefox, but micro edge, ie what browser do you use?

          2. I use google chrome. have question. What or who is “nibbles and bytes” there is a “Recent post” by them in your sidebar. Also there are 8 advertisements showing in your sidebar and I had to click that 404 twenty times just to type this. Maybe un-link your twitter feed from your blog? Do you want me to send you a screen shot of what the reader shows me?

          3. Nibbles and Bytes is my son. Still not seeing this on my end. so annoying. we took out good reads and twitter. Yes please. if you can send a shot I’d appreciate it. Helps know what is happening and where.

  1. It’s NOT you. It’ them. I down hundreds of views and mostly, I’m not even IN the reader. They exhaust me. Try to not think about it. It will only get you mad.

    1. Thank you, Sumyanna. I appreciate the input because I want to fix it. Which browser do you use? Wondering if there’s a connection with specific browsers.

  2. Okay I saw this blog and figured everyone had it covered but I noticed something today when I went to read Phase Shift. I was the first one there and that 404 did not come up. UNTIL I entered a comment. Now when I came here to tell you about it, I got a bunch of the 404 things and as I scrolled down to leave this comment I got a bunch more. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, but I checked a few others and on posts with no comments I only had to hit the 404 thing once and a large advertisement shows up at the end. Did you monitorize your blog by adding affiliate links or paid advertisements? If you did maybe look into that. There are a lot of ads showing up on your pages.

    1. I got this update in my email and thought, huh… So I looked. And Cimm is right, i counted the 404 clicks and there is one plus the number of each comment. There is two clicks for phase shift 14 that has one comment, one for ‘frantic’ which has no comments, five clicks for ‘ebook update’ with four comments, three clicks for Phase Shift 11, and that one has two comments. This cannot be coincidence. The advertisements are gone from your sidebar, there is the one large one in the footer beneath comments. I don’t know if the ads are tied to the issue, but the number of comments left sure is. Leaving this comment took a lot of clicks…. I tested on Phase Shift 14, it did it, with one comment it was two 404 pop-ups, after I left a deserved comment(Love the story) I left and came back to have to click three times. Definitely the number of comments plus one.

        1. So strange, all the paid ads have been removed. Could you disable the plug ins add ons in your browser and view the site to see if that’s it. We can’t see what your getting on your side. There’s nothing here. It would be helpful to know if it’s the browser or the site itself so we can continue. After taking all the ads out we hoped the problem was fixed. Doesn’t seem so though. arghh! Thank you if you can help, Cimm. Appreciate it so much. I had 1/2 the views and am wondering if this is why. It would be so annoying to go through!

      1. So strange, all the paid ads have been removed. Could you disable the plug ins add ons in your browser and view the site to see if that’s it. We can’t see what your getting on your side. There’s nothing here. It would be helpful to know if it’s the browser or the site itself so we can continue. After taking all the ads out we hoped the problem was fixed. Doesn’t seem so though. arghh! Thank you if you can help, Cimm. Appreciate it so much. I had 1/2 the views and am wondering if this is why. It would be so annoying to go through!

        1. I’ll see if I can, I’m not super computer savvy. I am certain it’s the comments, when I came to comment again just now I noticed the star beside the like had “loading” beside it until I clicked through all the 404’s. I’ll try to get a screenshot for you.

          1. You know it’s so strange because we’ve loaded the site from different devices, phone, tablet, desktop all with different browsers and it doesn’t happen. It popped up 404 4 days ago when I tried to load wp but then on the 2nd attempt it was fine, and nothing since. We’re still working on it but the feedback really helps as we’re trying to find a starting point for the problem.

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