My head is about to explode.
It is not enough that I have to deal with all of this GDPR bullshit myself, but the far-reaching effects of every product, site and affiliate that I have a relationship with too. I mean honestly, what moron does not know about cookies or tracking or doesn’t know the consequences of entering their email address on a website in today’s day and age? Surely anyone that uses the internet knows that their information is logged somewhere right? I mean, shop for anything online and then go on your Facebook and you will see tons of ads for the item you just searched elsewhere.
Someone was paid big bucks to develop this legislation (probably to justify their big fat paychecks) and I can bet you it was a lawyer. They are making a killing right now. The big sites can afford a team and/or lawyer to handle all the logistics, a regular blogger, not so much.
So on top of sorting through all that crap and what I have to do to be compliant, I now have a website that doesn’t work because of all the updates from themes to plug-ins.
After a morning of fiddling, trying to figure out why something isn’t working properly, I find that a plug-in that I pay for, now shows that I haven’t paid them. I’ve had to go back and find my payment and email them proof. Now I sit and wait. On the plug-in website, they actually have a note saying they have a huge back log of emails and to be patient. Thanks. I guess I’m not the only one. That is not a comfort.
Parts of my theme aren’t working now either. When I go on the theme support page, they have suggestions about php and htcaccess to solve the problem. Huh? It’s enough to make your eyes glaze over. Maybe developers don’t get it. Most bloggers don’t know about those types of things. I just want to pay my money and for things to work. I don’t think I’m asking for the moon. Make it simple please!
It really seems to me that bloggers are getting kicked in the ass right now. We just want to write and make a few bucks on the side. We are not trying to scam anyone. Most of us follow all the rules. Most of us are honest. But we are well aware of many sites that are not. They steal images, content and traffic without any consequences it seems to me. Are they worrying about GDPR? Doubt it.
I’m frustrated and thankful I have this little piece of the internet that never gives me any trouble. I love you Wordpres.com. I mean it. I really do.
I know it will pass. I know everything will get sorted and back to normal soon but geez Louise, can a blogger get a break here?