I’m working on setting up another blog because I want to explore a specific topic in detail that I don’t think fits here in my general personal blog (where I look at what I call practical life philosophy.)
I just started putting things in place yesterday, and there is quite a bit involved with getting things the way I want them to be. Fortunately I’ve learned a ton from messing around here at CREEations.
That experience is helping the process go much quicker with the new blog than it did when I was transitioning from my old Blogger format to this one here.
One of the things I wanted to get done as quickly as possible with my new blog was get a sitemap submitted to Google so the Googlebots know where to find the new site. It takes those creepy little critters a while to get around to crawling through a new site. So it should be no problem submitting my new blog before I really have completely things up and ready.
Besides, if I wait until it is ready to go, it will only take that much longer to get the dang thing indexed.
There is a groovy little dealie I can use to create a sitemap for my blog with just a click of a mouse. (Google Sitemap Generator WordPress Plugin) I even have it set to do its thing automatically here so I don’t have to think about it. The trouble is it didn’t want to work with my new blog for some reason.
I kept getting some error about the program not having permission to do what it was supposed to do. Apparently me yelling (very softly – Gorgeous was still sleeping) that yes it did have my permission because I was the one who clicked the mouse and I own the site wasn’t the authority it was looking for. I mean it was never a problem here at CREEations!
If there was anyway I was going to get what I wanted done I was going to have to do some digging to find out what goofy thing it was asking for.
And I did eventually figure out the problem after about an hour of (quiet) frustration.
But here’s the best part. In the process of figuring out how to fix my “permission” problem with my sitemap I also figured out why I haven’t been able to back up CREEations here. I didn’t get an error message when I’d try to back up. I would just get an empty file as a backup output with no explanation.
Now being fairly anal and a big fan of redundancy and backups, I was not at all happy about that state of affairs. My backup system has relied heavily on prayer.
Well I’ll keep praying. And now I’ve got some temporal redundancy in place, which can’t hurt.
What’s the lesson here?
Sometime we don’t come up with solutions problems that are in front of us until we are forced to. And sometimes answering one question causes other dominoes to fall in place for us.
Pretty cool the way things work, isn’t it?
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