The Last Post I Plan to Make For a While About Blogging Software

This is probably going to sound a little stupid, but it’s actually psychically nice to have the Whatever working. Having the site down and/or in various states of internal implosion was actually not very good for me; it’s one thing to decide to take a week or two from the site because I want to, and to have the site down for a better part of a month because one part of it doesn’t want to play nice with the other part. I regret to say that crap like that distracts me intensely; I’m not particularly zen when one of my main avenues of play and steam release (and, yes, also publicity and business) gets pulled out from under me.

Now, whether WordPress will cause me grief over time is something I’ll have to see, but so far, so good. The site handled 18k unique visitors yesterday without either a blip or complaint from my host. I’m down a bit from the usual attendance, but then again, I’ve been not writing here for weeks at a time recently, so, really, what should I expect. I’ll deal with any glitches that come as we get back up to cruising speed. But for now, hey, I got my site back, and that’s a pretty happy feeling.

I’ll probably continue to do additional fiddling, and building out of the site over the next several days, but it’ll be mostly minor stuff, and I can’t imagine that most of you will care one way or another, and I’m pretty fed up with it myself, so my plan is to just stop talking about it and start writing about other stuff for a while. IF you have suggestions for topics, by all means put them in the comment thread. I could use a kick start after sputtering about for so long.

18 Comments on “The Last Post I Plan to Make For a While About Blogging Software”

  1. Oh, and suggestions for threads? How about some group literary criticism? In a serious sense, I mean, not just “this sucked” but discussion of themes and structure in a specific book, or possibly in the genre its self?

    Alternately, if you wanted something political and potentially rancorous, we could talk about how to respectfully interpret criticism from a minority when you’re in the majority.

  2. booksellerbynight – This is Patty Cryan's book blog, a place for her to put her book reviews and things. It is a mirror site for her LiveJournal site at ["What's a JOATAMON?", you may ask. And many of you do. It's an acronym for "Jack Of All Trades and Mistress of None", and was the name for my hypothetical rock band, back when everyone and their brother had a hypothetical band.] [Some of my Gentle Readers actually have not-so-hypothetical rock bands. But this is a book blog.] ABOUT THE BLOGGER: Patricia M. Cryan is, by turns, a retailer who never sleeps, a walking library of children's literature, and a freelance editor who makes strong folk cry at regular intervals. She serves as General Partner for Mike's Comics [], a mail order and Internet company in its 31st year of operation, which carries comic books, science fiction and fantasy books and collectibles, roleplaying game supplies, fantasy greeting cards, and much, much more. She has been active in bookselling since 1987 and is a member of The New England Children's Bookselling Advisory Council. Her most current literary project involves editorial work on THE EDGECLIFF STORYBOOK; an excerpt can be found at Please feel free to comment, or to e-mail me.
    Patty Cryan

    No worries, John.

    I know you didn’t do it on purpose, and the timing of the downtime actually worked out well for me, since I’d been behind on my blog-reading anyway.

    Good to see you back, though.

  3. FYI: What with the new blogging platform and all, my old feed in Bloglines broke — I had to re-establish the feed so I could be alerted to your fresh blatherations.

    According to Bloglines, I’m the first subscriber to the new feed. I figure this is important-ish b/c Bloglines told me I was one of 663 subscribers to the old feed.

    So . . . possibly there’s some way to alert the old Whatever RSS junkies that they have a new source for their fix?

  4. I just sent out a note via the MT install telling people to come back here and make an RSS feed switch. We’ll see if it goes out and if people see it.

  5. changterhune – Before you hear lies from Chang Terhune himself, we thought we’d tell you the truth: without us, his old action figures, he’d be nowhere. He loved science fiction from way back and began reading it at an early age, but it was through us that he acted it all out. That’s what led to the writing. He watched a lot of science fiction shows like Star Trek, U.F.O, and movies, too. But we were always there to do his bidding. And it’s like they say: you always forget about the little people on your way up. Oh, the 70’s and early 80’s with him were good times! He’d use these blocks and make all the crazy buildings for us to be in his stories. I gotta say the kid’s imagination was pretty damn fertile. Oh, he had friends, but they just weren’t into it like him. He was like the Lance Armstrong of action figures. And of science fiction. At first, when he began writing in the eighth grade, we didn’t mind. He still made time for us. And we knew that when he was holding us in his sweaty little hands and he got that far off look in his eye, he’d come back to burying us in the back yard or - god forbid! – blowing us up with firecrackers. But it was worth it for a part in one of those stories. We loved him for it. He kept us around even when we were minus a leg or two - or even a head. In that mind of his, he found a use for all of us. Then he discovered girls. October, 1986. It was like the end of the world. One day we’re standing in the middle of this building block creation he’d pretended was some marble city on a planet near Alpha Centauri and the next we were stuck in a box in the closet. Not even a “See ya later!” Nope, it was into the closet, then we heard some high-pitched girly-giggles then silence. We didn’t see him for years. We got word about him once in a while. Heard he took up writing, but it was crap like “The Breakfast Club” only with better music. We couldn’t believe it. Not Charlie. What happened to those aliens with heads he’d sculpted out of wax? Spaceships? Those complex plots? All gone. For what? You guessed it: Girls. Emotions. “Serious fiction.” I tell you, it was like hearing Elvis had left the building. During our two decade exile in the closet, we heard other things about him. He went to college. He wrote a lot, but not much he really liked. We knew it even then. It was like he didn’t dare write science fiction. Some of us had lost hope and just lay there. Others kept vigil, hoping for a day we didn’t dare speak about. Then we heard he’d stopped writing in 1996. Did he come to reclaim us? No. He took up music for ten years or so. He took up yoga. Once in a while, he’d visit us in the closet. But it was half-hearted. His mind was elsewhere. Then one day, he really did come back for us. One second we’re in the dark and the next thing we know we’re in a car headed for Massachusetts. Suddenly we got a whole shelf to ourselves out in broad daylight! Then he bought a bunch of others form some planet called Ebay. He’d just sit and stare at us with that old look. But why were we suddenly back in the picture? He had a wife now, who didn’t mind that he played with us. So what had happened? Turns out he’d never forgotten about those stories. He’d been thinking about all of us and the stories he’d made up and then remembered he’d been a writer once. From the shelf we could see him typing away. Before long he’s got a whole novel together! Then he’s working on another one. Word is there are two more in the planning stages! Some short stories, too! It’s good to see him using his imagination again. Its good to know he never abandoned us. He returned to his true love of science fiction. We hear the stories are pretty good. Someday we’ll get one of the cats to score us a copy of the manuscript. Man, it’s good to be out of the damn closet! --- I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me I'm smarter than you I'm harder than you I'm better than you I'm just raw I'm hotter than you More popular than you More clever than you And goshdarn it, people like me
    Chang O.C., the Original Changsta

    Oh, yeah, I was gonna mention that about the feed but then someone esle did so here I am wasting space and energy!!!

  6. I really missed the pictures. Why, I don’t know. How are you at taking pics of birds? (Now that the blog’s back up, there’s all this extra time you need to fill… right?)

  7. I say do something on politics to draw the throngs back. It’s been a banner month for topics, just hit whomever is testifying that day.

    Is it to early to mention hit generation through the exploitation of thin-sliced porcine products and Felis domestica yet?

  8. Ah, it’s lovely to have you and the Whatever back!

    With respect to “additional fiddling,” would you consider putting the links to next and previous entries at the end of the comments also? My sore mouse hand and I would appreciate having them at both the top and bottom of an entry.

  9. I want to know how your ladies are doing. Oh, and I could use a good dose of snark – doesn’t matter what it’s about.

  10. I just sent out a note via the MT install telling people to come back here and make an RSS feed switch. We’ll see if it goes out and if people see it.

    Er, I didn’t see it. I’d been periodically checking Scalzi Speaks, finally went hey, I’ll bet the RSS feed address changed–better go check Whatever itself. (Ten messages!)

    Good to see you back.

  11. Belated new-look comments:

    1) The feed for this actual blog doesn’t appear to be linked anywhere that I can see on the front page. There are little orange icons for your delicious account & two AOL blogs, but not for _this_ one.

    2) Having the link to comments at the top of the entry is kind of annoying, because I like to read the entry before I decide whether I want to read comments, and then have to scroll back up.

  12. Kate: I’ll look at the code and see if I can move the comments to the bottom. I’ll also add a link for the RSS feed.

    Update: Moved the comments to the bottom.

  13. The only problem is, you changed the feed location, so I haven’t been reading you until I found out Whatever was back up. I could geek at you the location where it WAS, and demand you put a permanent redirect to the new feed. Instead, I’ll just get to your house and expect to be fed bacon.

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