What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been

I’m ba-a-a-a-a-a-ack. Maybe I should paraphrase Paul McCartney: “Back in the B-L, back in the B-L, back in the B-L-O-G.” Doesn’t have quite the same ring, somehow.

The last couple of months have been weird and stressful in the web site world. In November, I asked my hosting company to update some software that’s important for running the web site. In the process, the tech support guy said, “We can save you some money by switching you from shared hosting to dedicated hosting.” (In other words, I’d have a web server computer all to myself.) “You interested?”

Saving money’s a good thing, right? So I said OK.

Humanoid image surrounded by question marks

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Next thing I know, we can’t get my “theme,” the software that gives the site its particular science-fiction-y look, to work. This is bad.

So the tech rummages around in the back end of the web site, can’t figure out what’s wrong, and to at least give me access to the site, hooks up a different “theme.” That works, technically, but… a house-plant on a table for a cover image? What does that have to do with “Split\Sun Publishing” and science fiction? Not much.

At least the error message that came up when I tried to switch back to my theme was clear enough that I thought I could fix the problem. Basically, it said, “Delete this function from this file.” OK, that ought to be easy, right?

Sure. Except I couldn’t find the file. Anywhere. Not where I thought it would be, not anywhere else on the site.


So I let the site sit until the New Year, at which point I decided to take the bull by the horns, get back in touch with the tech support folks, and GET IT FIXED.

Result? Well, you’re seeing part of it. The site looks right again. Right enough, anyway, that I’m willing to blog again.

Not all is right, but enough is that I’m getting back in the saddle again, and starting with this post, I’ll be back to my roughly weekly schedule. It’s good to be back.

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