Since leaving my humble abode deep in Hurricane Alley Grand-freakin’ Central in March to hit the road for one of my typical “drive-three-or-four-thousand-miles-for-some-reason-that-was-important-at-the-time” trips, things have been happening. Some good, some bad, some horrid, some delightful.
I had to do some investigating to find out if this was a good or bad thing, and it turns out that I’m in really good company and it’s a good thing. The week I was called an SOB, my fellow SOBers were:
- The Blogging Times
- disruptive thoughts
- Deborah Woehr
- Financial Reflections
- Fuzzy Jones
- It’s Not About Your Stuff
- Joy of Fautism
According to Liz Strauss, the theory behind the badges and the SOB titles of recognition are to highlight successful and outstanding bloggers, but also to encourage the blogging relationships between all of us:
…bloggers who understand that the strength of the blogosphere comes from relationships, interconnectedness, and community. Not all of these folks have all of the links you might expect, but they will, because they show the key traits of a succesful blogger.
I like that. Well said, and cheers, Liz, for such a brilliant concept. I declare you the leading SOB among us!
On one of the down sides, my main site, Taking Your Camera on the Road, was down for almost four days because of something causing the host server’s abuse flags to go up from action on my database. So without warning or notification, they shut down my website and caused no end of headaches trying to get a response and clarification. Trust me, their days are numbered. This isn’t the first time something has tugged or hit the database and they’ve hit the off switches. I will have to take off the fancy clothes and put on my armor and grease stained mechanics outfit and go digging into code – but it will have to wait another few weeks until I get back to the safety of my humble abode and familiar and consistent Internet connections….and before Hurricane season begins again, which is any moment.
So apologizes to fans of Taking Your Camera on the Road. I’ll get it figured out and possibly change hosts if I can’t, and things will be smooth serving again. I hope.
As for the rest of the crap and sunshine, welcome to life on the road.
I did find this lovely treasure by William Clark of Lewis and Clark fame, from his ancient “blog” written Thursday, November 8, 1805:
“We landed unloaded and drew up our Canoes. Some rain all day at intervals, we are all wet and disagreeable, as we have been for Several days past, and our present Situation a verry disagreeable one in as much, as we have not leavel land Sufficient for an encampment and for our baggage to lie cleare of the tide, the High hills jutting in so close and steep that we cannot retreat back, and the water of the river too Salty to be used, added to this the waves are increasing to Such a hight that we cannot move from this place, in this Situation we are compelled to form our camp between the hite of the ebb and flood tides, and rase our baggage on logs.”
Traveling is, and was, hell. Knowing that they had horrid traveling experiences makes me feel a little better.
Update: Later that same day…. Between four blogs, I found over 3000 comment spams requiring deletion. Over 600 on this blog alone. If any of your comments did not appear, for whatever reason, they might have been sucked up by the Akismet spam catcher. My apologizes, but if you think I was going to pour over 600 plus comments to look for three that might have been caught….not a chance. Luckily, only two got through on this blog. Eight on another. So the return on the investment for good spam catching tools is worth it. Make sure you get some, especially if you hit the road for too long.
As for email, the number is too great to count, so apologizes to all as it will take me a few days to get through it all. Ugh.