Tag Archives: Wordpress

Spring Cleaning

The astute reader (that’s about half of you, so one) will note that some of the blocks where pictures should appear in my posts are suddenly showing broken links and captions instead.  It’s parent-teacher conference night at work and I have almost none scheduled.  That means I finally had the time to go through my media files on WordPress and start deleting old pictures in order to make way for newer pictures.  Realizing that I have the originals to just about all of the pics that have shown in my posts either on my hard drive or on Google, I started way back at the beginning (that’s July of 2010) and bulk deleted all the way up through July of 2012.  That saved moved the needle from 3GB of media storage space (which had been all taken up) down to 2.2 GB.  Eventually I will purchase a WordPress premium account and be able to upload tons of pics and video too!  But I’m not there yet.  I blog so erratically  these days that I can’t justify the cost.  Until then, sorry for the broken picture links.  I had been simply reusing old blog pics, some of which date to that time frame.  Remove the picture from the site and it disappears from every post you’ve placed it in.  Just use your imagination.

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500!

Amidst all the other things going on I almost skipped mentioning a milestone.

 

Finally, some good news!

Look at that! I got 500 (501) followers!

Thank you Worspress’ers.

I appreciate each and every one of you.  But especially tonight I appreciate blogger WhatAreYouWritingABook.  He was the 500th.

Thank you and let’s aim for 1,000.

Missing Old Stats

I’ve always been curious about this issue. That is, what in the world happened with my stats a couple of years ago?!

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one as Debbi, a phenomenal blogger, commented in this post from February 2013 that she wondered the same thing.

For reference, there was a time when my stats were topping out routinely in the upper hundreds range, nearing a thousand. Like, every day.

I think WordPress recalculated how they measure these things; but I still long for those old days of high numbers. They were fun.

Anyway, happy Friday folks!  I’m just doing my usual pre-dawn thing.  Checking out my blog and drinking my coffee while I delay getting ready for work.  Enjoy the day.  I’ll be back later with a response to the prompt.

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Typical day once upon a time.  Check out the old WP iOS interface.

Still No Solution to Being Out of Space

This is getting sad…  I still remember the first time a friend suggested I add pictures to my site.  I had been blogging for a few months.  The friend, coincidentally, is fellow blogger Wade who’s site This Ordinary Citizen truly deserves your attention.  We met through the very first PostADay challenge.  His suggestion was a good one and from that day to this I have nary posted without a picture.

Nary.  Yep.

Anyway, knowing that I cannot add new media until I make the choice to either delete old pics (and thus ruin some of my old posts; because so many people are reading the archives) or shell out a hundred bucks…  Well, it’s just a tough choice for me to make.  It almost makes blogging unenjoyable.

And as I’ve said before, the moment you no longer enjoy sharing the details of your life for sport or hobby, then you need to step back.

I’ll get it figured out.  I hope.

What’s A Blogging Dad To Do?

New bloggers and veterans…

I need your advice. 

You may have seen my predicament yesterday. I’m out of space and can no longer post pictures. 

Should I 

  1. Delete old pictures
  2. Stop using pictures
  3. Pay $99 to upgrade

On the first option I wonder if this will simultaneously remove those pictures from the posts they were in. 

On the second, well, just no. 

On the third, it’s tempting and I would get my own domain but is there a guarantee that the site will be backed up somewhere in perpetuity? I don’t want to start shelling out cash to find that WordPress will shit down one day and I’ve lost everything I ever wrote. 

Thoughts?

In the meantime, here’s my workaround. An emoji!

🍸 I need a drink…

New Bloggers… It’s OK to Take Time Off

Hey friends!  I’m back.  And after a few posts that will be appearing later this evening, it will be as if I never left.

What I want you to take away from this is the lesson that it’s OK to take time off. One thing I’ve learned over the past few years of blogging is that having a goal (say, posting every day) is a good thing.  But, remembering to take a week or two off is good for the soul.  As a writer, you’ll find refreshment and peace.  If you don’t take some time to yourself (without writing) your writing could become stale and you might just find yourself bitter.

You can always catch up.

And don’t worry about your stats.  They’ll still be there.

Inviting Questions from New Bloggers

OK, friends, you’ve been at this for almost a month.

So, what’s on your mind?  Any questions I might be able to help with?

I want you all to know that I’m proud of you for sticking with it.  Remember, you’re writing because you love writing.  Don’t let lack of results get you down.

And KEEP WRITING!  Even if it’s just a picture from you phone.  No caption necessary.  It will keep you in the habit of writing.