Magic Jewball

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This is my world and I am world leader pretend

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On January 31, 2007
At 5:00 pm
Comments : 16

Once upon a time there were three little girls who went to the police academy…no wait, let me restart.

Once upon a time there was a girl who started a blog and although she had some technical ability, this was all new to her. She knew how to write but not how to run the whole blog platform. She learned quickly and outgrew Blogger. But when she moved over to WordPress she became frightened and gratefully allowed others to take over. They did a great job and the girl began to answer questions about plugins with “I don’t know, someone handles that for me.” She thought of passwords that other people could memorize easily. At some point she lost control of everything but the words that appeared on the page, and even some of those. She was utterly dependent.

Eventually events conspired to make her have to deal with things herself because life always seems to know what’s best for people. And so finally the girl began to grow up. She moved to a server host where she didn’t actually know anyone and she started to look at all the files that made up her site. She discovered the “Leave a reply” line made no sense and changed it to something she liked better. This doesn’t seem like a lot but she was seriously afraid her blog would explode when she did it. Because God has a wicked sense of humor, her server happened to go down at the exact time she made the change. Luckily it came back a few minutes later just before the full throes of her heart attack began.

But that moment when it worked and the line said what she wanted it to say and she knew it had been all through her own efforts, well, it was a great moment in the life of the girl with the blog. She felt liberated and free. It was like Independence Day but colder and with fewer hot dogs.

I guess this is all a fancy way to tell you that I’m upgrading to the new version of WordPress this Sunday (I understand some people might be watching a football game or something so it seems like a good time) and the site may be down for a bit. Or forever if things go badly. But I’ll just start again then. Because now I can. I should mention that I also learned how to back-up my files, phew. Things might be hinky for a bit, who knows? If you notice something just mention it to the webmaster. Oh yeah, that’s me.


R.E.M – World Leader Pretend


16 Comments for this post

  1. RN says:

    You make me so proud!

    This should prove to you that yes, you can take over the world.

  2. Julia says:

    See, this is just a perfect example of why I will remain convinced that you do, in fact, know everything until proven otherwise.

  3. Becca says:

    RN, please don’t go giving away my plans for world domination now.

    Julia, you may very well be proven otherwise when my blog disappears this Sunday.

  4. Sarpon says:

    I did want to talk to you! But how did you know that I knew that I did? The mark of a true leader, she knows what her people want before they do.

  5. KP says:

    Great story, great picture, great song.

    You’re just great.

  6. Becca says:

    Sarpon, I know many, many things. Most of them have to do with tennis and Depeche Mode, though.

    Aw, KP, your check is in the mail!

    Slightly more seriously, this song actually means quite a bit to this post. You can see the lyrics here if you’re in a slightly more serious mood. If not, carry on.

  7. MzGrinch says:

    I am impressed. I’m also going to put on my tinfoil hat while I try to decide if I’m a gomer because I feel safe at Blogger. I hope I’m just paying my newbie blogger dues and getting comfortable. That’s it, right?

  8. Durrr. How did I get Grinchified?

    I suppose this is further proof that I blog in the right place for me.

  9. Becca says:

    Don’t be too impressed. I already had a crisis yesterday that my server host helpline couldn’t fix. Then Jane took a stab at it. Even though she couldn’t solve it either she at least pointed me in the right direction and through trial-and-error I got it working again.

    But you certainly can’t beat the price at Blogger.

  10. B says:

    Hey, I found your blog through White Dade’s. Good stuff. I added you to my blog roll.

  11. Barbara says:

    Yay Becca! I hope everything goes well with the switcheroo!

  12. Becca says:

    We’re live again so it seems so!

    And thanks, B, lovely photos there.

  13. twenchi says:

    I’m with Wordy I’m ok with Blogger. The price can’t be beat and for me, it’s about the words, not the bells and whistles.

    Oh, and my bestest adopted daughter bails me out when my tinfoil hat explodes. Heck, I wouldn’t even have othah blogs listed if it weren’t for her.

    I’m good at math, puters, not so much

  14. Becca says:

    Plus they have a whole new Blogger (Beta, I think?) since I used it and I think it’s way improved.

    And agreed, even my server people didn’t have a clue but she knew just where to look.

  15. They claim they’re not in Beta anymore. I love it. It’s very easy to use and if you’re savvy with the HTML stuff, you can modify. I used to be HTML savvy but now I’m mostly lazy so I just post. I may get fancy later.

  16. Becca says:

    I might never have switched if Blogger was like that then. But, fine things did come out of this too so it’s all good. I look forward to your fanciness, however.

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