Saturday, May 28, 2011
My Apologies & So Much More
It's come to my attention that many of my friends who "follow" this blog have the blog posts sent to their email. Curiously, I'm not sure who they are unless they contact me via email or post a comment here because sometime last week my "Followers" (the widget where someone can see who "Follows" me and then opt in) became corrupted and now all of the nice faces or gravatars that appeared on the blog have gone "POOF!" and are no longer displayed.
In their place is a large gaping blank space and try as I might I can't seem to solve the problem.
Of course, blog servers like EBlogger and WordPress operate in an alternate reality from the rest of us. It is impossible to speak to a human geek and so I've been forced to crawl through the mud of a quarter million "Help" forums to ferret out one that might provide some help. I've found many but most are now closed (yeah: closed) -- in other words, taking no more questions and dispensing no more help... or hope. I found one forum that was still open for business and emailed my problem... and that was last Wednesday.
In fact, here's the ugly little bastard in charge of all blogs coming out of Chicago. You tell me how helpful you think he's gonna' be... yeah, right.
Of course, there are no long distance phone plans between Illinois, USA, Planet Earth and Drackmoidia, in the 5th galaxy beyond Andromeda, so they can't call me and if they did it probably wouldn't solve the problem because despite my fluency in 215 languages I have no competency in Drackgeekolese... to my ever personal mortification. But I never said I was perfect.
Interesting. I guess we need to take a wait & see attitude. BTW: ---> this is beautiful Kathleen. She writes books and knits shawls by the seashore and cooks comforting foods to nurture and heal.
This all said, I now apologize to anyone who's felt inundated with a plethora of emailed blog notices. I didn't realize that some people received my blog posts delivered to their email. Don't ask me how the hell I didn't know this (you'd be surprised the things that have eluded my notice over the years) but honestly I had no idea. Truthfully, I guess I just never thought about it.
I've developed a very bad habit which is that as I'm drafting an article for this blog I tend to "publish" it in order to look at it and proof it (because sometimes, among my other techno problems, "Preview" doesn't work). Well, I bet I was in & out of my last several posts more than a dozen times -- "publishing" over and over again... consequently generating a constant stream of posts to email.
<----And this is beautiful Nicole! She writes books and paints beautiful pictures at a different sea shore... and she's also an ordained minister and spiritual healer and, like Kathleen, mentors and comforts me much.
(No one knows what the hell I do and most of the time neither do I.)
Blogging is a new adventure for me and a very different style of writing than what I've been trained to do but I like it, it's fun, and I'm learning a great deal about my ability to write in a variety of ways. It's been a definite growth experience for me. The tekky Drackgeekie part, however, is... uh.... well, OK, I'll just say it: a total pain in the ass.
Whatever you choose to do over this long Memorial Day weekend I sincerely hope you remain safe, enjoy, and maybe even take a little time out to remember who and what this national holiday is all about. Such things are indeed important. This really is a holiday to pause and give thanks. It's one thing to thank God for a turkey but totally another to thank Her for those brave souls who have died in the service of this country. We thank them by remembering.
And Del Carter and Fred Wiley said that since the last two posts have been about them and the music they love that I should mention also that the real music that belongs to Memorial Day is "Taps."
Del, Wiley and I are working on an article now about Memorial Day (up tomorrow) but in the meantime here's a wonderful YouTube video; just click on the link: Arlington National Cemetery (Amazing Grace & TAPS)
And you're not giong to believe it but just as I was going to publish this blog I saw that my Followers widget is back!! Did the Drackmoid Geeks solve the problem or did the widget just reappear as Kathleen predicted? Or was it the vibes Nicole sent my way? Cindy mentioned she keeps me in her prayers; did they help?
Maybe it was a small gift after I listened to my favorite song in the world, "Amazing Grace," and meditated on my many blessings and how totally trivial my problems truly are, and then whispered a little prayer for the men and women in service today... maybe that's why I was given a small gift. Maybe it's all of it; everything combined.
Of course, I don't deserve the gift; complaining about a blog is trivial in extremis -- preposterous, ridiculous, idiotic.
But you know what? It's all how you look at it and I'll take this little blog miracle graciously because I've learned that anything that keeps us grateful and humbled is a very good thing and can be the Perfect Instant Attitude Adjuster.
Everything can be a lesson, most especially one's own craven foolishness.