housekeeping…don’t put off til tomorrow…

While I’m in the neighborhood of stuff to do with my laptop, the internet, and specifically Word Press, I thought I’d mention a couple of things.

Until just yesterday I’d been having blogging withdrawal, partially owing to the fact that my site, hugmamma’s mind, body, and soul, looked somehow different. I don’t mean what you the reader can see, but what I see while writing my posts. Or rather, what I wasn’t seeing anymore.

Having established in my previous post that I’m an “old dog learning new tricks,” or at least trying, when something, however subtle, changes…I’m flummoxed.

I’ll continue doing what I always do, for some time in fact, all the while feeling like there’s a mosquito buzzing around which I tend not to silence. Too busy. Can’t take the time. Maybe it’ll revert back…on its own.

Perhaps all the faldarall with not being able to download pictures from my camera finally got me thinking about the subtle, but disturbing, difference in the writing of my posts.

I’d asked Word Press Support about my concerns earlier. In fact I inquired a few times. Responses came quickly, always asking me to take some kind of picture so that they’d know exactly what I meant.

You must know me by now. I hadn’t a clue as to what they were asking me to do. So I gave up…and moved on.

What was no longer visible to me were the statistics to do with visitors to my blog, the list of my subscribers, or the pictures offered for my use by Zemanta. While none were essential to my blogging, they definitely enhanced the environment in which I did my writing. Like having “all my ducks in a row” before I started the process.

Some of you may already be smiling, knowing what I’m about to say. And you’re correct if you guessed that I’d not heeded the warning from Word Press to update my search engine status.

Of course I’d asked my husband every time the message blinked across my laptop screen. Since he has no clue about Word Press, he told me to ignore the icon. So like the dutiful wife that I am, I did.

Well, Word Press knew what they were saying.

Yesterday my husband finally agreed to help me upgrade my search engine status after I read another blogger’s comment elsewhere in the Word Press community. I wasn’t the only one having issues.

Logo used from the start of the Chrome project...

Logo used from the start of the Chrome project until March 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Upon the excellent recommendation of that fellow blogger I am now using the Google Chrome internet search engine. As promised, the visuals are far superior to what I’d experienced with EI, Internet Explorer. 

And as the lyrics  to the song go…I can see clearly now… 

The end result of all this being…I can once again view the statistics of visitors to hugmamma’s mind, body, and soul, as well as Zemanta’s pictorial offerings, and best of all…the subscribers for whom I am deeply grateful. I thought I’d never again know who you are.

Too many to list…

…heartfelt thanks…to each and every one of you…

………hugmamma.  (The only thing I still have to figure out is how to do “smiley faces” again. Any suggestions?)

19 thoughts on “housekeeping…don’t put off til tomorrow…

    • I had the same experience the last time I was in a Taco Time. I had no clue how to use the beverage machine. It resembled a Las Vegas slot machine, only that’s easier to figure…put the coin in and pull the lever. Or press the button. With Taco Time’s gadget, the size of a vending machine, I had to select and press dots indicating my beverage choice. If I didn’t do it quickly, which I didn’t, I was back at square one…or dot one. Needless to say, another customer was waiting. Thankfully the young man helped me get my drink.



  1. Hey!

    It’s nice to see that you find your way out of your troubles with Internet Explorer. While we do support our service with IE browsers, we have to admit it causes us (and our fellow colleagues developers) most of our troubles. Which easily reflects to the user experience of our users.

    That’s why we try to encourage our users to switch to either Google Chrome or to Mozilla Firefox. Both are excellent, safe, fast browsers, with superior user feedback. Highly recommendable.

    Also, it’s been a while since I visited your blog, so big compliments on what you are doing! We always appreciate our bloggers!

    Have a nice day!



    • I’m truly delighted you left a comment. It’s so nice to know there are real people behind the gadgets and gizmos.

      I love Zemanta! Makes my life so much easier than trying to locate photos I can use without getting into trouble with copyrights. I just wondered why I’m not able to get the same results I had before, when I try to search for more photos that might be relevant to my post.

      …but hey!…i’m not complaining…just wondering… 🙂


  2. Oh, my reactions to some “challenges” or confusion of unfamiliar tech stuff seems to be like a “deer in the headlights”….I tend to freeze. There is are so many options, choices etc…really quite stunning! I’m slowly learning to just keep clicking buttons, searching etc…to try to just keep trying, rather than stopping…but “stopping” seems to be a natural default. And hugmamma, we’re still here, even if you can’t see us on a list. So…google chrome?… hmmm…happy you got it all going again!


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