I killed my blog over the weekend.
Not intentionally, but it was dead as sure as if I’d purposefully decided to shut it down. I was working on a little project related to Two Hearts and I had been tweaking the site behind the scenes, where I know just enough to be dangerous (obviously) and the magic of Google searches is on hand to help fill in the gaps in my knowledge. All was going well; I was seeing the results I expected; and then it happened.
Crash! The site was broken and I had no way of getting back to the errant code to remove it. If you tried to get here all that showed up was a blank screen with an error message across the top.
What to do? I broke out into a sweat. My blog was down!
I tried, unsuccessfully, to FTP to the site. I logged into my hosting service to double check the parameters I was using, but still no success. I Googled this, I Googled that, I tried one thing, I tried another, but I was still not able to FTP to my site to access the code to fix the problem.
Finally, after spending too much time trying to get to the root of the problem I put in a ticket with my hosting service and went out to the garden to try to reclaim my equilibrium.
This morning I checked my email first thing to see if I had a message from my hosting service. Nothing. So I reached for my iPad and went back to Google to look for a resolution to my FTP problem. I came up with a lot of possible scenarios: my firewall, my internet service provider, my router, my hosting service, the problem could be with any or all of these. The end result–as you can see because you’re reading this–is that I managed to find and fix the problem and get back up and running.
What I realized anew through the ordeal is that it’s a complicated world we live in these days. Oftentimes, without the help of (much younger) support people or our kids we find ourselves adrift in a sea of confusion about the technology that is part of almost every aspect of our life.
This afternoon we took a trip to Best Buy to do some research about the pros and cons of plasma vs LCD vs LED TVs and all that goes with that. A very knowledgeble young woman brought us up to speed on the pros and cons of plasma vs LCD vs LED, smart technology, home theater systems, 3D, and things like Hulu, Pandora, and Netflix.
It’s all enough to make one want to move to the country and raise goats and chickens–exactly what I hope to do one day. Don’t get me wrong, I embrace technology. I love technology! But I’m also mighty glad we have kids and helpful salespeople to help us navigate this rapidly changing world.