OK, so what follows is… well, for the next few weeks at least… is a combination of pre-written posts and juicy fresh content.
Pre-written posts because I want to have a break without having to be concerned about needing to blog every day, and there’s no way I can guarantee a decent (or indeed any) internet connection wherever we may be. But I recognise that there’s a demand for blog posts on here and I want to keep that record of a post every day going. Because I’m a bit obsessive like that.
Deal with it.
Also, I’m trying an experiment whereby I publish a post at the same time each day: 0800 CAT in this particular case (like this one, see?). Apparently, this is the best way to blog [citation required], although I tend to just post stuff once it’s written. And usually it’s not written by 0800 CAT. However, when you’re writing stuff in advance, it’s always written by 0800 CAT. So I’m giving it a go.
Oh, and juicy fresh content because I enjoy blogging, because my most important reader is me and because there will inevitably be things I will want to share while we’re away. If interest, internet and inclination ever meet (and I’m sure that they will), I’ll be popping thoughts, photos, opinions and whatever else on here.
Weirdly (for us at least), we’re only flying out later this evening, so we’ve got a spare day to get all those last minute jobs to get done. Hair will be cut, the beagle will be bathed, the housesitters will get their final instructions, decisions on which bottles of brandy will be packed will be made (spoiler: it’s most of them).
My WordPress app is broken. I can write posts fine – no issues there. It’s when it comes to actually putting them on the internet that the problems occur. Failed uploads left, right, and as you might have already imagined, centre.
I’m tempted to tweak the settings with a big hammer, but since there’s still a viable web-based alternative (and there is still a viable web-based alternative if you are reading this), I’ll leave it for now.
It’s been a week since we made some big changes to the appearance of 6000 miles… I still like it. It’s a good start.
One technical thing which changed along with the front end of the blog was the system for commenting. It’s moved over onto Disqus:
a worldwide blog comment hosting service for web sites and online communities that uses a networked platform
‘Disqus…’ = ‘Discuss…’ Because it’s a comments section. Geddit? I’m ashamed to say that it took me a while. I was thinking about the Olympic frisbee thing.
Disqus does require you to log in to use it, but it’s a once off thing (assuming that you click the “remember me” box when you log in) and I hope it doesn’t put too many people off. Also, if you’ve already commented since the change, you may have noticed that your comment was held for moderation. I get to them as quickly as I can (time zone differences notwithstanding), and you should see your opinion on the page within minutes in most cases. Regular commenters (you know who you are) have been and/or will be added as “Trusted Users”, and won’t have to endure the ignominy of joining the back of the moderation queue.
I hope this answers questions and puts minds at rest.