Archive for the ‘Blogging’ Category

It’s Starting to Echo in Here

23 Oct

Oh, hello poor neglected little blog.

I have discovered lately that working 32 hours per week means that I have much less time for things like grocery shopping, doing laundry, and blogging.  Consequently, Kaelin ends up buying lunch a LOT, Jens ends up doing emergency loads of laundry while I’m at work, and this little website gets very still and quiet.

Things have been especially busy recently because we’ve been celebrating Kaelin’s 6th birthday and the Rangers are in the World Series (in case you didn’t know, I work at the ball park, which means we attend home games, including the World Series – it’s kind of a big deal around here).

So bear with me as I attempt to catch up a little, now that we finally have a day to breathe… at least, for a few hours and then we have another World Series game (which will hopefully go better than last night’s game HOLY COW).

 
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Well That Was Fun

23 Oct

I just spent 3 hours fixing this blog, after killing it in approximately 3 seconds.

See, I decided to go with a different, more robust slideshow plugin for displaying pictures.  But in order for it to work with all my old slideshows, I had to change the command in all the posts from “slide” to “slideshow.”

So I used a find and replace function to change all instances of “slide” to “slideshow.”  Except for some reason, rather than making the change with each instance of “slide,” it plugged in “slideshow” into each instance where it found an S, L, I, D or E.

In the entire blog.

So I ended up with over 1400 posts that looked like this:

Th(slideshow) k(slideshow)(slideshow)(slideshow) w(slideshow)r(slideshow) watch(slideshow)ng th(slideshow) Go F(slideshow)sh mu(slideshow)(slideshow)c/conc(slideshow)rt v(slideshow)(slideshow)(slideshow)o an(slideshow) “Th(slideshow)(slideshow) (slideshow)(slideshow)tt(slideshow)(slideshow) (slideshow)(slideshow)ght of M(slideshow)n(slideshow)” cam(slideshow) on.  Aft(slideshow)r (slideshow)(slideshow)(slideshow)t(slideshow)n(slideshow)ng for a m(slideshow)nut(slideshow), Ka(slideshow)(slideshow)(slideshow)n (slideshow)u(slideshow)(slideshow)(slideshow)nly b(slideshow)cam(slideshow) v(slideshow)ry conc(slideshow)rn(slideshow)(slideshow).

And it was completely irreversible.

So I had to wipe the entire blog (thank goodness I had a recent backup) and re-upload all the posts and comments (twice, because “deleting” them is a relative term and only really counts if you manually delete them from the database).

So there we go.  Back online now.  And I am once again content with the old slideshow plugin.  For now.

 
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Facebook "Import Feed" Fail

10 Oct

Facebook Feed Import Fail

When I changed the feed address for this site, I needed to update the new feed with Facebook, which would automatically pull in my blog posts and list them as “notes” on my facebook profile.

However, after I deleted the old feed and tried to replace it with the new feed address, I kept getting this error message:

Import Failed
We couldn’t find a feed using the URL you provided.

After searching various corners of the internet, I discovered that there are a multitude of people with this exact same problem and NOBODY seems to have come up with an answer, or even a workaround.

So I’m posting this to show how my problem was solved on the off-chance that someone who needs it finds it.

Granted, this is solution will only work for WordPress blogs, but there seem to be a good number of those who are having this issue.

What worked for me:

  1. Download, install and activate the Feed Facebook, Leave Facebook plugin
  2. On the Plugins page, click “URL of your feed for Facebook”
  3. Tell Facebook to import that feed (instructions here)

Not a perfect solution, but it works until Facebook can figure out how to fix the bugs in their feed importing system.

UPDATED TO ADD:

Well, not so sure it was a solution after all.  When I first saved the feed, it imported my latest blog posts.  However, it hasn’t imported the two posts (including this one) that I have written since the original import.  It looks as though I have replaced one problem with another.

 
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Note from Management

10 Oct

Well, I did it.  Despite a few minor setbacks and an astonishingly slow internet connection (27 Kb/S YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME), the site has officially moved and is now a WordPress blog, once again. I’m still working on pieces like the blogroll and gallery, but for the most part it’s up and functional.

PLEASE NOTE:  If you were subscribed to our RSS Feed, you will need to change the feed address to the one listed at the bottom of the page.

If you would like to receive email notifications each time a new blog entry is posted, I recommend a service such as Feed My Inbox, which allows you to quickly subscribe to blogs without worrying about setting up and maintaining yet another account with another website.

Speaking of accounts, to make commenting here easier, I highly recommend Registering as a Subscriber.  That way your info can be stored so you don’t have to re-enter it each time you comment.

In other commenting news, we have a NEW! FEATURE! – If you’re logged into Facebook when visiting this site, you can quickly and easily comment here using your Facebook profile.  No logging in, no re-typing your info, etc.  You’re welcome.

Speaking of Facebook, it appears that the New! Facebook! has issues – specifically, importing (or not) blog posts in the Notes feed.  Apparently that feature is nonfunctional so until I find a workaround, if you’re used to seeing my blog post notifications in your News Feed, that won’t happen anymore since the feed address has changed.  I’m simply too lazy to manually link every post to Facebook each time I write them.

So that’s about it.  Have a look around and let me know if you see anything that looks amiss.  Thanks!

 
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Projects

09 Oct

I’ve been working on a few little projects lately, which have been eating up most of my spare time.

For one thing, I’m planning another overhaul of this website. Changing operating systems, servers, etc. The new site is just about ready to launch and I like it, but more importantly it will make things easier on me in the future. I’m leaving EE and going back to WordPress, which is not the easiest thing to do, but I think the benefits will outweigh the pain in the butt that the migration has been.

Also, I’m making bows. Lots and lots of hair bows. And handmade cards. I’ve entered my first craft fair, the Nutcracker Craft Faire here in Homer. I keep hearing people talk about it, so I thought I’d give it a shot and maybe make a little money for Christmas gifts. At least, I was hoping that would be the case, but I’m finding that crafting is so expensive that I’m going to have to sell a lot of bows and cards to make any profit at all.

On the bright side, the craft work is giving me something to do with my hands while Jens and I catch up on Lost in the evenings. I hate being idle while watching TV. We just finished Season 5 so I guess we should start looking for a new series to start when we get through Season 6. Any suggestions?

 

Been a While

25 Jul

It has been a very eventful few weeks, and mid-summer took its toll on our household.  In addition to multiple illnesses, injuries and trips to the ER, we recently lost a member of our household:

RIP

I returned from a great Fourth of July weekend in Seldovia to find that good old Dell had given up the ghost.  I took it to the local repair man in desperation.  As an indication of how that diagnosis went, he gave me a huge discount on his time because he “felt sorry for” me.

Dell was, indeed, toast.

I fretted about this for several days because in addition to the inconvenience of having to use my phone for all internet-related things, and being completely unable to download, edit or do anything with any of my photos (!!!), I had just scored my first paying graphic design job since moving here and would be unable to complete work without a computer and the rather expensive set of software being held hostage on my dead machine.

Long story short, with the help an early Christmas gift (thanks Mom & Dad!) and an educational discount (thanks Adobe!) I was able to score myself one awesome computer (thanks, Apple!) that I have been quite pleased with.

Unfortunately, my new toy arrived on the same day that my parents did, so I haven’t had time to do much more than take it out of the box and occasionally sneak upstairs to pet it for a few minutes at a time.  Therefore, I am severely behind in … well, pretty much everything.  Pictures, blogging, software, work, editing, migrating files, etc.

I am still getting used to the way Mac handles files and have found iPhoto to be quite useful, except for the part where it pulls all my photos into the program and won’t let me access them outside of iPhoto.  It’s reminiscent of iTunes and makes me wish Apple didn’t have such a proprietary outlook on things that are mine.

My plan is to do some updating more in the next few days.  My parents left today and I’m already missing them, but this should keep me busy in the meantime.

 
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Up and Running

22 Apr

Oh look!  We’re back online, after half a day of trying to figure out why my site had disappeared into the black hole of cyberspace.  That was fun.  Except for the part where IT WASN’T.

 
 

Progress

17 Apr

I did it!  I finally got through the hundreds of unread blog entries that had accumulated in my feed reader during our move. 

Ok, so I MAY have clicked “Mark All As Read” for a few of them but IT WASN’T YOURS, I SWEAR.

 
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