Right now, Google Blog Search and Technorati Links show absolutely no links to my blog at all. Nice. It’s not that no one has linked, because I just happened to see a few before they disappeared.
So, I’m sorry if I’m missing something that someone has posted in interaction with anything I’ve posted here. I’m not ignoring you. I’m just not receiving any notices through the increasingly useless Incoming Links widget.
I greatly delight in the popularity of this blog, and hearing that people find it (and the things on my bombaxo website) useful. I appreciate all the comments and the links and all of the email I’ve received from all of you.
Looking through my statistics for July, I was amazed to see the variety of places that people are checking in from. Below is the list of countries of my readers coming from everthing outside of .com and .edu addresses, in descending order of the number of addresses from each.
Thank you all for reading! Send me a message sometime, if you haven’t already!
Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Old style Arpanet (arpa)
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
Trinidad and Tobago
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
United Arab Emirates
My apologies again, everyone. I realized that my import of the correctly formatted unicode-compliant XML backup of my blog entries, comments, etc, actually created new page addresses so that all links to my pages were broken. How rude!
So, I’ve reloaded a database copy with the right numbers (fortunately I’ve kept them), and will deal with the unicode mess later, so all the Greek and Hebrew texts are messed up at the moment, temporarily. I noticed that some early posts on the blog are now out of order, too, which is weird, and I can’t tell when that happened, but it must’ve been in one of my earlier moves.
Well, I think everything’s fixed now. If anyone runs into anything unusual, please let me know.
Here’s a tip for other WordPress users who are moving their blog from one site to another: backups directly from the database don’t work. They don’t import properly in Unicode again, which is very frustrating. The thing that works is the WordPress RSS Export and Import. Only it will both export and import Unicode. So now we know!
Happy blogging, all!
Because I’m in the midst of moving my domain to a new hosting service, I’ve disabled comments for the time being. I don’t want anyone’s comments to get lost in the shuffle. I’ll turn them back on as soon as everything’s moved. So, if you want to leave a comment, just keep it in mind and post it later. I expect everything to be fully back to normal by the end of this coming Monday.
Thank you all for your patience!
This blog may be in for a bumpy ride over the next couple of days, as I’m transferring to a new hosting provider. There might be some time in which it is down or acting oddly, for which I apologize. I expect everything to go smoothly, but one never knows.
So, if there are problems, please be patient.
I unfortunately just had a database mess that wiped out all my categories, which I had to restore manually. The things we do for love! I think everything is back to working fine now, though.
Please let me know if you run into any peculiarities.
I’ve been pruning the blogroll bush to reflect my current reading habits more accurately. A number of blogs that I once was accustomed to checking daily have so dropped in frequency of posting as to be on extended hiatus, while others have simply closed up shop, so to speak, including a number of blogs written by fellow Eastern Orthodox Christians that I very much enjoyed, while others are threatening to do so. This, I must say, I feel to be a positive reflection on the spiritual state of those authors who’ve chosen to move away from blogging. Real life is, after all, not a collection of bits and photons, but of bodies and souls, the latter hopefully infinitely more luminous than their physical counterparts in the former pair.
I want also to welcome my new readers, of whom I’ve noticed there has been an increasing number lately. I’m happy to welcome you all, and will attempt to make it more worth your while with more frequent postings soon. Some rather pressing offline (i.e., real life) obligations make this difficult at the moment. I crave your patience, indulgence, and even your prayers, if one is permitted to be so blatantly greedy, particularly for a certain intention which I am far too nervous about to explicitly mention. I’m sure such will help. I am ever ready to reciprocate, of course, if you ask. I am far from a prayer warrior, more like a prayer sub-clerk to the third assistant quartermaster, but every little bit helps, as I know from the direct and surprising experience of immediately answered prayer, which is another story, for another time . . . .
I’ve just changed my plugins that have been keeping out comment spam. If any of my readers have trouble commenting or viewing anything, please just email me (the address is at the top of the right column on every blog page). Switching these kinds of things seldom goes without a hitch, but it seemed better than what I had in place before. Those irksome “type in a difficult-to-read combination of uppper/lower-case letters/numbers” things were blocking too much, and no doubt annoying those of you trying to comment, for which I beg forgiveness. If everything still works, we should be set, and you won’t have to type anything except your name and email. One of the things this change has done is re-enable links from those who’ve linked to different posts to show up in the comments. I had only noticed a few days ago that this was no longer happening.
Thanks for your patience! Please do let me know if you experience any difficulties.
I was offline for the last couple days reloading my laptop from scratch. Most everything’s back in its usual splendid working order. I’ll be getting back to the Apophthegmata Patrum tomorrow.