I make rounds through the blogs, or start to. Alas a blog is down for the moment. “Permission denied” error. Seems an upgrade or change and PHP/MySQL is taunting them with it. Making note because this morning I was amused. Working with PHP pages can drive one nuts, especially when you grew up on HTML and you’re used to all your errors being a private affair that you work out before putting up a website, instead of flying by the seat of your pants where a visitor arriving at the wrong time at your website will witness your test of your site just as you are witnessing the test of it, and may see the same thing that has you scrambling in the background to get it back in working order. I hated this when I started blogging/working with PHP and was working on design and plug-ins etc and little hacks Really bothered me. I installed a local server because I thought it essential I work kinks out on my machine first. (Though there things that can go wrong when working on your webhosting server that you won’t experience locally, different environment.) The local server worked with the next-to-last WordPress release. Got it up on the webhost (for some reason I decided not to so a local install first), and feeling all confident I set out to upgrade WordPress locally. I could not get my local server to work with it after that and was back to testing on the web where everyone could pass by and see through my open front door the mess on the floor at the moment.
This no longer irks the hell out of me. Now I’m amused. I am amused when I visit another person’s blog and get to see through the open front door that they’ve been back there tooling around in the shop and something hasn’t met expectations. Not amused at the pain, no. Instead, it feels part of a flying by the seat of your pants intrepidness and risk that seem fundamental quotients of blogging.
Again, the other day I happened by Rox Populi’s when she was in the middle of an upgrade. Already she had the message up that here was the upgrade “for Matt”. It was a confusing upgrade. Layout had changed but the pic was the same and her head had disappeared beneath two columns on the right. Being a person who tries to understand things that I shouldn’t, I thought back to when it was recently bouncing around the bog why women bloggers didn’t get more attention and up on a blog goes a picture of breasts. Breasts in a bra. But breasts. Got lots of attention. Then here was Rox Populi become an internet Aphrodite. I wondered if it was a reference back to the breasts. No, later a new photo had appeared that went with the new violet-purple color scheme.
After a brief argumentative interlude with husband over one of the mudpits of life (not so large as to trap a dinosaur) I check back at “Alas, a blog” and they are still down. Maybe I should stop being amused. Seems they are having troubles in earnest. And there’s nothing online quite like PHP/MySQL troubles in earnest.
7-year-old son walks up right around now (exactly now) and holds the gone end of a tin bank in my face and says, “You want to know something? That’s a monster called ‘hole’.”
How astute of him! The bank part. Though I believe that was an unintentioned part of the joke.
But I’ve been thinking about blogging this past week. The nature of it…