Part of the Phone Calls to Julie Series.
WP: Hello, WordPress technical support, this is Julie, how can I help you today?
ME: Hi Julie, thank you for taking my call, I’m terribly concerned, Someone just subscribed to my blog.
WP: Ummm, okay…. uhh… congratulations?
ME: Oh… that’s what the e-mail said too, congratulations.
WP: What e-mail would that be?
ME: Well, the one that said that Someone just subscribed to my blog. It addressed me with the word “Howdy”. Do you think Someone thinks I am a cowboy? I don’t think I’ve ever used the word “Howdy” before.
WP: Is this the guy from Brown Road Chronicles?
ME: Yes, yes, you remember me? I’ve called you about my BOOBS. You have been very helpful the last couple of times I have called. Have you read my blog yet?
WP: No sir, I still have not read your blog.
ME: Oh, that’s too bad, it’s really great!
WP: Sir, I am sure your blog is great, but really, is there something important I can help you with? I am very busy today? We are getting a lot of angry callers because we changed the subscription function on all of our member’s blogs without telling anybody. Now everybody is mad and the phones are ringing off the hook.
ME: Oh yes, I did notice that as well. I think that’s okay, I don’t know what everybody is all worked up about.
WP: SIR, PLEASE IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN HELP YOU WITH?
ME: Oh yes, I’m very sorry, I’m terribly concerned, Someone subscribed to my blog today?
WP: Yes, you mentioned that… uh…and why is that a problem? Most bloggers are happy when Someone subscribes to their blogs.
ME: Oh my, does Someone subscribe to a lot of blogs? Do you know who Someone is?
WP: What does that mean “do I know who Someone is?”
ME: Well, it sounded like you maybe know who they were.
WP: Knew who who is?
WP: SIR… I am going to hang up if you don’t tell me how I can help you today.
ME: Oh, I am terribly sorry, please don’t hang up. You see, I got an e-mail today that said “Howdy, Someone just subscribed to your blog, Brown Road Chronicles.”
WP: Uhhh… okay… and what is wrong with that?
ME: Well, it didn’t tell me who Someone is… you know, and tell me what their blog site is. It just said Someone subscribed to my blog today and it had an e-mail address and where they were from. I thought that was kind of creepy. And it said “Howdy”. Do you think Someone thinks I am a cowboy?
WP: Sir, it’s just an automated e-mail when a reader subscribes to a blog. I don’t know why it says Howdy, but no one here thinks you’re a cowboy… and it said Someone because it was a subscriber that doesn’t have a WordPress account. So we don’t know who they are.
ME: Oh my… you don’t know who they are? Does that mean they don’t have an About page that will tell me if they are a stalker or not?
WP: No, there is no About page, but don’t worry, it’s probably just someone that read something you wrote and found it interesting.
ME: Oh yes, yes… the stuff I write is very interesting. It’s very funny too. Have you read my blog?
WP: SIR, I JUST TOLD YOU I HAVE NOT READ YOUR BLOG!
ME: Oh you’re right, I’m sorry, you did say that. I just got excited when you told me my posts were interesting.
WP: I didn’t say your posts were interesting, I said that maybe this person who subscribed to your blog perhaps thought your posts were interesting.
ME: You mean Someone?
WP: Sir, please stop it with the Someone! Yes, I was referring to this person who subscribed to your blog.
ME: So you don’t think there is anything I need to worry about?
WP: No, I don’t think there is anything to worry about. But remember Sir, blogs are very public spaces. Anybody can subscribe to your blog.
ME: Oh my… who’s Anybody?