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There is a Fine Line Between Stupid and Brilliant


When Sarah was smaller I would tell her not to touch something and this is what she would say:

 

“But I MUST touch it.  I HAVE to touch it.  I NEED to touch it.”


Do you know where she gets that from?

 

ME.


This weekend Emily was at her dad’s, Sarah was napping and Tyler was napping as well.  So I decided that instead of writing some posts, or catching up on my reading, I would tinker with my blog.  Update some plug-ins; add some plug-ins, etc.


Sounds good, right?


I started at 12:36 PM and ended at 11:30 PM.

 

Did you notice that I was online for 11 hours?!


Somewhere along the way, I lost my homepage.


But I knew that I could fix it by myself.  I just knew I could.


At 10:00 PM Tyler came into the kitchen where I was sitting working on my laptop and he suggested that I call the support hotline.

 

But that would be just too smart wouldn’t it?


I did not call because I just knew I could fix it.  Oh, yes, and I will NOT stop and ask for directions either.


Back when I was on Blogger, I knew that if something went wrong I had about a 70% chance that I could figure it out.  Now that I am on WordPress, I have about a .5% chance.


Last night I saw a whole world of databases, root directories, servers that are just too complex for my teeny, tiny brain, but you know what I did?

 

I HAD to click it.  I NEEDED to click it.  I CLICKED it.


And I lost my entire blog and also my blog dashboard!


So I went to bed.


My head was spinning and my heart was racing and my muscles were tightening.  I watched a taped episode of Letterman which usually lulls me to sleep.  I was almost there, when Letterman turned off and I heard people moaning and groaning.

 

Was somebody having sex in my room? 


I looked at the TV and apparently at 1:30 AM on Cinemax there is some pretty risqué stuff.


Now I was in a pickle.  If I got up out of bed to get the remote on Tyler’s side of the bed, I would risk waking Millie who was sound asleep in her crate.  However, I also didn’t think I could fall asleep to soft porn playing in the background.


So I laid in bed for a bit and pondered my dilemma.


Meanwhile I noticed that the guy on the TV looked vaguely like the kid whose locker was next to mine in the 7th grade.  So I sat up to see if I could see him clearer and made a mental note to Google him in the morning.


Kind of makes me look forward to that class reunion next summer.

 

How you doin’?


With all of these thoughts racing through my head coupled with code, html, databases, index, php, SQL, servers… well… I just burst out laughing because this was just NOT how I had planned to spend my weekend.


In the end, I decided to carefully hop out of bed and change the channel.  I was just about at that relaxed drool stage when our weather radio siren went off in the kitchen.


Just peachy!

 

TORNADO WATCH ALERT!


And I went back to bed.  I had had enough.  Go ahead and blow me away, make my day.  I bet there are no computers in heaven.


I woke up on Sunday and started Googling my problem.


2 hours later I finally called that Support Line. 


2 Hours after that I had a Homepage.


1 hour after that my feed was back on track.


Do you want to know what caused me all of my problems?  Do you?


A plug-in (like a widget) caused everything to go haywire after I updated WordPress 2.9 to 3.1.


I deactivated the Plug-in and voila!  Here is am!

 

Hello.  How are YOU today?


You know if I had something medically wrong with me I wouldn’t attempt to perform surgery on myself. 


When I have transmission problems, I don’t pop the hood of my car and just “tinker” around.

 

Why in God’s Green Earth, do I feel that I am able to fix computer problems by myself?  Why?


Although, I must say, the tech support girl was wonderful and she did tell me that I had to update WordPress on my server as well, but that still didn’t fix my problem with losing my Homepage.


As stupid as I am capable of being at times, I fixed that all by myself!


It just goes to show you, that there is a fine line between stupid and brilliant. (just so you know, I was stupid and now I am back to feeling brilliant.)