100,000 Smackeroos; or at least, Hits

June 20, 2007

100000front.gifExpect by the end of the day or early tomorrow that this here blog will attain the milestone of 100,000 hits. We went online exactly four months and one week ago. If I had a dollar for each of those visits, I suspect I’d have something that looked like this impressive bill.

Alas, I do not. But mucho thanks for stopping by anyway.

-Evan G.

The Wail and Howl of a Wounded WordPresser

March 30, 2007

I am in pain. The pain of a writer who just miscarried.

frustrated-writer.jpgThere it was, a brilliant, beautifully crafted post about politics and journalism. Timely, topical and neatly enhanced by my own personal experiences. I hit the “save and continue” editing button, but, whoa, I forgot to put a headline on the post. It’s gone. There’s no draft saved. I scroll back a page to see if it’s still there. Oh sweet relief. It is. I block copy it and save a safety to MS Word. I look at it in horror. It’s an earlier draft, one third complete and missing the carefully delineated, precisely worded argument in the middle. Still thinking I can find the completed draft, I scroll though the WordPress dashboard. Nothing. I make a half-hearted stab at “reconstruction.” I start with the last sentences first, because they are fresher in my mind. Maybe that way I can remember each sentence that led to the next. But it’s gone, faded like the fragments of a dream. I can’t do it. The moment—that early morning freshness and enthusiasm–has passed. The passion is gone. The fervor that drove it killed by helplessness and disappointment.

I learned a lesson: put a headline on the post, first thing. And that’s just what I did.

But I wish this hadn’t been my post for the day.


Holy Crap! We’re a WordPress “Blog of the Day”!

March 26, 2007

chart-graph-up-arrow.jpgGravy Bread just made no. 73 in the WordPress top 100 “Growing Blogs” list for March 26, 2007! Thanks to all you guys and gals who’ve stopped by. A month ago, we were logging fewer than 10 reads a day. Now there have been two days this week when we had almost a thousand a day. A lot of Elvis fans seem to be enjoying my posting about showing some respect for “the King” and a lot more are enjoying the “Mega Super Mammoth MP3 Music Blog List.”

Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?


What’s the Deal with Microsuck IE & WordPress?

March 8, 2007

If you’re using Microsuck’s Internet Exploder [yes, I meant to type it that way] as your browser, then you probably notice that on the home page of most WordPress blogs the categories/blogroll stuff in the right column all gets pushed down way to the bottom of the daily postings. wordpress-logo.jpg

First, let me implore you to cease using IE as your browser. Get something else, like Firefox, that works better with WordPress blogs.

In the various discussion boards addressing this problem I’ve seen about 10 million different reasons as to why this “lost” blogroll phenomenon happens, and just as many indecipherable solutions involving codecs and other stuff that makes my head hurt, especially since nobody ever walks you through the sconfused.jpgolution or tells you exactly where you’re supposed to access the WordPress page structure stuff to make these changes.

So, I don’t know who to blame for this problem: WordPress, for making something that isn’t compatible with what is presumably the world’s most-used web browser; or Microsuck; for once again managing to create a browser that can’t handle something that doesn’t bother all the other browsers.

internet-explorer-slashed.jpgFor now, I’m very disappointed that my blogroll stuff in the right column does not stay at the top like it should. Isn’t there an easy non-techie fix for this?

Anyway, stop using IE for starters.