Maintenance Free: When it breaks, it can’t be fixed.
I’ve moved my domain to a new host and switched blogging platforms, but I’m getting the old blog back together. Yes, the outcry has been so overwhelming that after a year away I’m ready.
It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
And what a year it’s been. Hope has given way to disappointment, I’m busier than ever, and blogging may be out of fashion what with Twitter and Facebook.
An optimist is someone who tells you to cheer up when things are going their way.
So bear with me as I try to get back into the groove, rebuild the blog (thanks Gate for eating my database and backup) and resume what started Christmas newsletter in August over ten years ago.
I finally got my head together, now my body is falling apart.
In the early 90s I persuaded my wife that by getting a modem, I could avoid working late or on weekends because I could work from home. When she tried the same thing, the insurer she worked for thought that was a huge security risk, unlike the defense contractor I worked for. I could also log into a little thing called GEnie, which was a pre-web online service.
I tried to get a life once, but they were out of stock.
From there I went to this other service, America Online because it had a much more Mac-like interface and that appealed to me and my SE. And they started this thing called Hometown when the World Wide Web came along – I still remember my brother asking if I’d heard of this thing called mosaic.
It was all so different before everything changed.
So when I got this one particular wild hair to do desktop publishing and send out a Christmas letter, a good non-bragging, witty Christmas letter. That was in July. In August I actually created and mailed a full color Christmas letter. I can state with certainty it wasn’t obnoxiously braggy.
I started out with Nothing … and I still have most of it.
And then I got a second wild hair, and that was to put the Christmas letter on the web (back then the web was not synonymous with the internet, it was just one little part of it. I think more people saw it in their mail than online.
The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you’re in the bathroom.
But I kept adding to it, and I got to the point I often hand tagged instead of using Pagespinner. And I kept adding until one day I started a blog using Greymatter. And so I moved off AOL and bought my own domain.
A closed mouth gathers no feet.
October 3, 2002 was the day. Three posts that day. I haven’t had a three post day in …
Funny, I don’t remember being absent minded.
And I blogged for years, years, without pause. I can remember if I missed a few days I figured I had to have a really good post the next time I posted so that missing a few days would be worth it.
I was going to procrastinate, but I put it off.
At some point Greymatter was no longer supported, so I made the change to Movable Type, which all the cool cats were using. And I didn’t have any trouble porting over.
Experience is a wonderful thing. It let’s you recognize a mistake when you make it again.
Then I started having trouble with my provider. Posting could be agonizingly slow. Settings would somehow change and I’d have to contact them to get them reset. And one of the support guys admitted that they pretty much ignored email but hey I could always call. And wait on hold.
All reports are in. Life is now officially unfair.
Then one day my database stopped working. At all. So foolish me I un-checked the mySQL setting, waited, and re-checked. Yes, I backed up the database. And then I fooled around some more, and finally got through. Hey presto, they claimed that while they didn’t know why it stopped working, they had it working again.
If at first you do succeed, try not to look too astonished.
So I figured I’d take this opportunity to switch from MT 2.x to MT 4.1. So I made another backup (because you can’t be too careful) and installed MT 4.1. And then I discovered the awful truth – my database had been purged when I un-checked mySQL (which they didn’t warn you about). And when I made that can’t be too careful back up, well, you can be, because now I had a null backup.
Shin: A device for finding furniture in the dark
At least I still have all the original files, which you can visit in their unformatted glory. And now, after a hiatus far too long, I’m back blogging again, with a beautiful WordPress installation (it’s the default at my new host). Go Me!
Many people have the gift of gab. Some just don’t know how to wrap it up.