A mere four days ago I made the grave mistake of pondering on the state of this site.
I should have known better. Never be complacent, for as soon as complacency sets in, the shit is sure to hit the fan.
A couple of nights ago those nice kind people over at WordPress released an update to the software that moves this site along. Being a conscientious type of person, I applied the update. In fact I applied it to several sites.
Naturally there were no problems except one – it royally fucked up this site. For some reason that I am trying to fathom it has introduced a Devil and the Deep Blue Sea problem which only really affects me and none of the other sites.
If I try to reply to a comment, I get the comment box thingy and everything looks fine, but if I try to type in the box, fuck all happens. No letters, no blinking little cursor, no nothing. It refuses to acknowledge my existence.
I tracked it down to a plugin that puts those fancy little editing buttons in the comments area, so I disabled it. Yay! I can comment again. But now I can’t scribble out a new post. I can write on the screen all right but nothing appears. It’s like writing on white paper with white ink.
I tried firing up that plugin again and once more I can write new stuff, but I am no longer able to comment again. So it’s one or the other but not both. Fuck!
For some reason this weird situation hasn’t affected other sites, just mine.
I think I am going to have to make the terrible decision to re-build the site from scratch. That involves laying the foundations on another server, painting and decorating it so it looks exactly like the old one and then refurnishing it with all the old posts and comments. The problem lies in the refurnishing – too little and the site breaks, or too much and the faulty shit is carried over too.
In the meantime I am using a programme called Blogilo to write this. It is a horrible little pile of wombat’s doos. It adds a load of crap into my scribbles and doesn’t even do a simple spellcheck, so I’m going to have to examine this with a fine toothcomb before trying to publish it. Once I publish, there is no going back as I can’t edit it. I would use Windows Live Writer but it is against my religious principles to go over to Windoze, and anyway I wouldn’t get anything done until it had finished updating sometime tonight.
The only good thing to come out of all this shit is that at last I have found out why the site was posting twice to Twitter.