IWSG May 6: Rituals

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Insecure-Writers-Support-Group-Badge-e1551632609599.jpg IN this post, you will see paragraphs mushed together. KEY: The first word in each paragraph is bold and in caps. VILLAIN: my PHP is out of date…I explain in my answer below.        
IT’S the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds.    
THE awesome co-hosts for the May 6 posting of the IWSG are Feather Stone, Beverly Stowe Mclure, Mary Aalgaard, Kim Lajevardi, and Chemist Ken!      QUESTION: Do you have any rituals that you use when you need help getting into the ZONE? Care to share?     MY ANSWER: I was going to talk about my ritual: up in the quiet wee morning hours, sip tasty coffee and position fingers on my keyboard…    
THEN I opened WordPress and updated the security. Never in my wildest dreams did I realize the mess I started.     ERROR Message: “You need to update your PHP.” I still don’t know what PHP is exactly but the instructions said, “Backup your Website before upgrading PHP.”     SO I called Ballistic, (they host my Website).     I told tech support, “I want to back up my site, then update my PHP.”     HE said, “Well, that ain’t as easy as you might think.”     FOR reasons I don’t understand, I can’t update the PHP until Ballistic moves my site to a new server. That will happen in two or three months from now.     IN this post, you see sentences holding hands; refusing to separate into paragraphs. Why? PHP controls formatting in this WordPress theme. Did this post automatically popped up on your watch list. Why? For reasons I can’t understand, the post flips from public Publish to Private on a whim.     I’M worn to a frazzle. I’ve battled this for two days. It’s “happy hour” on La Vita (our sailboat and floating tiny home). I’ve traded my hot coffee for chilled wine. CHEERS!
I’m sorry the code is smarter than I am. Thanks for trying to slog through the text. I hope writing your post went a much smoother.     

14 thoughts on “IWSG May 6: Rituals

  1. OMG. I can only imagine what kind of energy suck dealing with this problem would be. Maintaining your will to write will be tough during this stretch, so reward yourself whenever you can. Good luck!

    1. You are right, fixing this mess took over a month. All seems to be functioning OK, so it was worth the effort.
      I apologize for taking weeks to reply. Thanks for stopping by. Stay healthy.

  2. Oh, no – what a total nightmare!

    I do admire how you’ve kept your sense of humor in the post. Love the part about sentences holding hands and refusing to separate into paragraphs. Cracked me up 🙂

    1. Hi Ellen,
      It’s it great when something just pops up and it adds just that bit of bling?
      Thanks for visiting. Stay healthy.

  3. Hi My Dear,
    You have gone through it the past two or three days. After calming down, don’t let this stop you. Is there anyone you know that is a WordPress specialist that can help you? Can WordPress help you? I am thinking that you bought the WordPress package and installed it on your website. I have WordPress blogs also but they are all on WordPress. I didn’t buy them, so I can’t help you. But maybe the people at WordPress can give you some tips so that you don’t have to wait that long. Two or three months is a long time.
    All the best. and try not to stress out.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

    1. I contacted Go Daddy (they host my Website). They wanted $300 USD to fix the mess. We settled for $100 USD. I guess living in Mexico has taught me how to barter. LOL

      The company was swamped with requests just like mine. It took nearly a month to iron out all the wrinkles.
      Fingers crossed, it’s working now.
      Thanks for your visit. Stay healthy.

  4. I sympathize. My macbook and my internet issues are keeping me awake at night. Yesterday, I couldn’t get my macbook to wake up! And the thing isn’t that old! Hang in there. You’ll get some sleep eventually.

    1. I forgot to mention that PHP is personal home page. Go to Youtube and write the problem done, then watch every video you can. Someone has had this precise issue before, I’m sure of it. Someone will help. Otherwise, I’m not sure what to suggest.

      1. I so wish YouTube could fix the problem. The problem/solution is in Ballistic’s hands. My site is on an old server and must be moved to a new server (maybe 2-3 months down the road).

        If I’m in a hurry, I can move my files to the new server all by myself. They gave me a 3-page instruction guide. The kind tech guy assured me I could call for help at anytime.

        I’m ready to upload my files and the message says it site is “unknown.” I called Ballistic for guidance. I’m on hold…They didn’t tell me I’d be on hold for nearly an hour.

        Thanks for coming back with the YouTube suggestion. If I can figure out how to phrase the question, I’ll do a search. Cheers!

    2. Hi Joy,
      I’m so sorry you MacBook decided to take a long nap. I wonder if the battery was flat (discharged completely?) Beyond that, I’d be up all night wondering, too, Wishing you sweet dreams and electronic gear that performs as advertised. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  5. So sorry you’re having this problem and not getting the support you need. Maybe Joylene’s suggestion will help you figure it out. I hope so.

    1. The solution was $100 USD, waiting a month, and being the squeaky wheel. We live in a tech world; some of it just beyond my grasp. I do think it’s important to use the technology rather than hide from it. Thanks for your time and comment. Please stay healthy.

    1. Hi Alex,
      Backing up the Website/blog required a chat with Tech Support and a couple of days to download. Slow internet connection. Now I must migrate my site to a new server. I have WordPress. I just learned I must export WP to XML, then import to the new site. Glad the bold text help. I’m taking some deep breaths to calm down.

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