Oh my word…I’m so frustrated and I know you all are too. Growing pains here on the blog have been plaguing us all.
I’ve been getting it from all sides and I really mean all sides. The blog is getting bigger and bigger and with that, it’s harder and harder to maintain. We’re doing our best but right now, that’s not good enough. I know it. You know it. Kayla and Kalissa, my two daughters who help me know it.
I am sincerely asking you to hang in there and please be understanding of us as we try to continue to work out the kinks.
Here are some of the problems that are happening…
I have outgrown my server space. For those of you who are new to blogs and websites that just means, I’ve outgrown the parking lot (space) that’s designated for my blog on the internet. That has made using the blog slow and why sometimes a picture won’t show up.
I was on an old classic format for writing the blog. I’m an old dog and hate new programs so we’ve left the blog as is because it was easier for me to use the old program vs the updated program.
I’ve been blogging for a long time. When I started, we had no idea what we were getting into or that it would last this long. We did a few things we likely shouldn’t have done but now here we are 14 years later with new knowledge…but now it’s a little too late.
So what are we going to do…
We tackled #2 first. I have moved to the new format for writing blog posts. The old dog has learned a new trick. It’s been slow but not painful…well I’ll admit to being frustrated and crying a couple of nights but I’ve gotten past that and am doing much better. BUT…that has come with problems too. We’ve learned that this did not fix the photo problem. We were hoping it might.
We have talked with a few different companies about helping with the parking lot problem but haven’t come to a good solution as of yet. So far we have been told if I want to pay $600 a month, they can solve all of our problems. Well…I love you guys but I can’t pay $600 a month to keep the blog going. So we are trying to look at other options.
Right now it’s so hard because all of these people are “on the internet”. It’s easy for my daughter to want to jump in and trust them but for me…it’s harder. I don’t have a recommendation from a friend…I can’t “see” their work. I don’t know their cousin…all things I normally depend on when hiring a plumber. Dealing with the internet and finding a more advanced server is tough for me. I really know so little about this all.
We have crunched photos trying to save space. Everyone has had a talk with me that I need to use fewer photos in each blog post but that is so hard…I’m kind of a photo-based tutorial style of blog. UGH. So…we are looking at more ways to crunch photos…but that doesn’t solve the problem with old photos from blog posts in the past.
In the middle of all of this, I found out my computer storage is low…so we question whether that is that part of the problem.
In the middle of all this, I had to increase my iCloud storage. Is that part of the problem?
It has seemed like we fix one problem only to have another problem. Worse…anything we think we “fix” we have to wait for it to test and see if that was actually a solution. There hasn’t been one easy fix. I’ve wanted to scream…and scream loudly.
So…we are going to start at ground ZERO. Over the weekend we are starting with my computer and storage. We’re going to get that fixed which sadly is likely going to mean I need a new computer and we all know how fun that is.
All of this is so hard…remember me saying I’m an old dog. I am. New tricks are so hard for me but I’m willing to try if you all are willing to continue being patient with me for just a little while longer. I so appreciate it.
If there is a picture that doesn’t load…let me know. I’ll try to do what I can to fix it. If something is off…let me know. I can’t guarantee everything will be fixed right away, but at least it helps us troubleshoot. If a picture doesn’t load, please try refreshing your page before telling me.
We’re going to give this two good hard weeks and work all we can to get things to work more smoothly. Again…please be patient. If you are someone who knows a lot about blogs and servers, drop me a note at joscountryjunction.com. We could use some good advice.