Last night I finished writing my blog entry and went tatting around the lesser explored buttons on this site.
Imagine my shock, consternation and cringing when I discovered the contact form entry list.
i.e. Everyone who has tried to e-mail me using the bespoke form on the Contact page.
This shouldn't have been an issue at all. I'm usually pretty good at replying to people reaching out to me, even if it takes me a couple of days to do so. But I'd received none of the e-mails on this list.
Some of them dated back to February 2014.
You'd have thought I'd have noticed, wouldn't you? But there are several ways to e-mail me from this site and I've received plenty over the years. No-one once mentioned that they'd tried to e-mail me and I'd maliciously and with intent ignored their missive.
I've glanced through and it's been illuminating. Folk leaving me information which would have created the content for some fabulous (and exclusive) blog entries; people offering me book contracts; all sorts. And also shame evoking. Folk locked out of my forum and desperate to get back in; those too shy to comment, but wanting to say hello, as I seem like a nice person.
So what went wrong? Pure and simply, I'm a nub. I don't check my coding, when I'm seduced by the dark side into content management systems. I'm quite capable of writing whole workable websites of my own. But I didn't realise this particular site would end up being quite so popular, nor taking up a lot of my time. So I stashed it on a free Weebly 'colour by numbers' type affair.
Contact forms normally trigger an e-mail alert, because I code it thus. They should here too. They would have done, if I hadn't stuck a typo smack bang in the middle of my e-mail address.
Like I said, I'm a noob. With all due self-kicking in attendance.
Naturally, the contact form is working now. Tested and double-tested. Meanwhile I will go back through all those e-mails from the past nearly two years and answer them all.
*sigh* I'm sorry.
Edit: Several hours later: Everyone should have received a personal response now. If you haven't, then please contact me again, as more than the usual must have failed.