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“Your Blog Dropped Me”: Restoring Email Notifications for WordPress Blogs

May 10, 2019

I began following Diane Ravitch’s blog in 2014.

Several years ago, I stopped receiving email notifications of her posts, and I was able to restore the notifications by “unfollowing” and then immediately choosing again to “follow” her blog.

Then, in April 2018, the same issue happened: No more email notifications of her posts. I tried numerous times to “trip the switch” by unfollowing-following again, but to no avail.

I also checked to see if my email was somehow sending the notifications to my spam folder, but it was not.

Contacting WordPress only produced a circuitous non-resolution in which their personnel could not seem to understand that my unfollow-follow again attempts did not cause a loss of email notifications but was instead my effort to reset WordPress’ mysteriously and spontaneously ceasing to provide email notifications of Diane ‘s new postings.

I had somehow been “dropped” from receiving email notifications through no effort of my own.

As it happens, individuals following my blog have occasionally complained of being “dropped,” meaning their email notifications from my WordPress blog had ceased appearing in their email inboxes.

I do not know what occurs at WordPress to cause the site to suddenly block those following its blogs from receiving desired email notifications. However, today, I learned how to reset the notifications, and today, for the first time in over a year, I am again receiving email notifications from Diane Ravitch’s blog.

First of all, be sure that you are indeed following the WordPress blog in question. If you are, then click this link to WordPress subscription management; one of two things will happen: 1) The link will recognize your email address and show a listing of WordPress blogs that you follow, or 2) the link will provide a box in which you can type your email address, and WordPress will email you a link that enables you to see the listing of WordPress blogs that you follow.

Once you access the “blogs I follow” subscription management link, you will see another link under “Subscription Management” entitled “Settings.” Below is a picture of my WordPress subscription management page, with “Settings” in the selection bar right under “Subscription Management”:

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Once you click on “Settings,” you will see the following:


Now, here is the key: In order for me to restore email notifications for Diane’s blog, I had to uncheck the box next to the statement, “Block all email updates from blogs you’re following on” (Even though I had not ever checked the box to stop email notifications, it somehow *became* checked.)

Uncheck that box, and voila! Email notifications restored!



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  1. This happened to me following your blog. After several months I went into the entrails of WordPress and figured it out how to refollow it after a mysterious unfollowing occurred. It’s like they don’t want more traffic. I was glad to be back!

  2. Dennis Ashendorf permalink

    Use to follow ALL blogs. Works easily.

  3. Carey permalink

    I’ve been having a different issue. I get emails that are ‘from’ another WordPress site but they are actually from your site (or another site)! However, if I hit ‘reply’ the ‘to’ field is populated with your (or the other’s) reply to address. Odd.

  4. Thank you!

    Sent from my iPad


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