Wednesday, 28 January 2009

One Happy Girl...

Oh yes! That would be me...As you can see things are almost back to normal. Just have to play around with colours & do a little tweaking...3.5 hours with my IT man & my blog is virtually (pardon the pun) restored! Turns out it was nothing to do with "me" or anything that I had done WRONG but rather that Blogger just happened to be working on the site & it was "under construction" at the very time that I was trying to change my template!!! Norty, norty Blogger! Just because your free doesn't mean you can mess with our settings & templates...I've tried accessing sites before when a pop-up has appeared, saying "This site is unaccessible at the moment due to maintenance" or "This site is currently under construction." It's not difficult to "put up a sign" then I would have steered well clear of my template & would have saved me sleepless nights & heartache!

Although I would have preferred to live without it, this experience has certainly seen me grow & learn. I can now back up my blog posts & comments once a week & have my HTML for my template & widgets all backed up, so I feel much more secure & not so worried that my blog may go up in a puff of smoke one day! I have lost a bit as I redid my entire blog roll on the dreaded night & now have to redo it. From what I can remember everything else is present & accounted for. I can't tell you how relieved I am & may I suggest that you learn ASAP how to do regular back-ups & how to save ALL your HTML (including widgets) so you don't end up in the stressed out state I was in. Many of you suggested I move over to Typepad or Wordpress but I just don't have the time to learn a whole new "language" (program?) again as Blogger has only just become second nature to me...

My week so far has been taken up dealing with this & other technical glitches in my Photo Storage program. NOT the most exciting stuff...Am also busy working on my Design Team layouts & having FUN printing out my own photos, which are working out at 20% of the retail price!!! The trick is, find a reputable ink cartridge supplier that will give you the best price on genuine HP cartridges (R270 each at Matrix at The Crescent) & use good quality but INEXPENSIVE photo paper (Premium 260gsm Wove) at CNA for R110 for 50 A4 sheets. THEN edit away & knock yourself out! I got 22 A4 sheets out of quarter of a cartridge.

Way to Go!



6 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

So glad you are up and running smoothly and that you stuck with Blogger. I still say Blogger is the best out there, its free, relatively without any fuss and blogs open up quickly. I spot an award from your DH. Way to go ... it must great to have a blog fan so close to home. Hugs from Desire

Andrea said...

sounds like things are coming right...glad to hear it!

xxx
A

Vicki said...

Can only imagine the relief you are feeling over your blog. I used to be with blogger and changed to wordpress but only because I can reply to comments.

Jessica said...

I'm really glad for you!

I wish printing for myself was that economical. But, it's not. I did the math and it just doesn't work. Maybe it's because I haven't found a reputable ink cartridge place.

topkatnz said...

Fantastic news all round. Huge congrats by the way on the Little Shop Design Team appointment. Finding the new blog much easier to read ... keep that in mind when you're choosing your colours!! I know you'll do good tho! The Traffic Feed is interesting.

Cathy said...

nice to have you back .. nearly normal. Keep it up. I must say I love Blogger and wouldn't change... best thing about it... IT'S FREE!!!!