Not By the Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin!

August 30, 2008

Freaky, Rants

YIKES! I’ve been getting emails from some helpful friends that this site has been intermittently unavailable! Some people cannot get in to the site. 🙁

I need help! I don’t know what’s going on and I need to figure this out. Obviously, if you are reading this post, then you’re in. Would you be willing to leave a very short comment telling me that you can see this blog? It would help me so very much.

THANKS!

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SECOND UPDATE: People are IN!!! Someone at the WordPress forum suggested that when Lux was “caught in the crossfire” of my web host’s DNS collapse, Lux’s ISP cached the old/bad DNS address for this blog. He said it sometimes takes a few days for the ISP to reset and clear the old cache. That is probably what happened. I tell ya, I have the WEIRDEST problems, ever! I’m hoping that some of the other folks who had these problems are soon able to access this site now.

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UPDATE: I can’t tell you guys how moved I am by your help. Thank you thank you thank you for your comments. For those of you who asked for more information, here’s the nitty-gritty of what’s happening.

It’s a long story, but the problem began when I tried to update the Akismet plugin. There was a bug in that plugin (2.1.7 version). At that same time, my web host had a DNS failure, and my blog went down for a few hours. And at that same time, Luxor the White Cat was trying to post a comment. When he hit “submit,” all he got was a blank screen. I do not know if these three things are related, or if everything is one big coincidence, and that’s half the problem!

So… the DNS problem was resolved. Akismet fixed their bug and I updated again (to 2.1.8), but poor Luxor has been completely barred from the blog. All he gets is a white blank screen. This has been going on for days. He has cleared his cache, tried different browsers on different computers, etc. Nothing. The only thing I can think of is that my web host blocks his ISP or his ISP blocks my site, or Akismet is blocking him. I have NO IDEA and it’s getting frustrating after a few days. If you are a geek and you have any suggestions, I’d appreciate it. I threw this all out at the WordPress.org forums, but no one has touched it.

28 Responses to “Not By the Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin!”

  1. Lynne Says:

    I can see just fine, I’m using Firefox if that info helps at all.

  2. Megan from Down Under Says:

    I’m regularly here and have never had any difficulty seeing your site – could be a server issue that the others are on.

  3. Karen Says:

    I am here through Firefox and had no problems.

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Ladies, THANK YOU for your comments. I’m trying to see what the issue is. Some of my readers are completely unable to access my site at all! Still working… thanks again!

  5. what about blog Says:

    I’m here and using firefox.

  6. Karen C. Says:

    I’m here through IE, and can see it just fine. It was working earlier today also.

  7. LadyK Says:

    Hi! I can see your blog. 🙂

  8. Beaker Says:

    Hi – I’m currently logged in on IE and you’re visible on here – although your page is different from the usual aspect I’ve been viewing.
    Cheers

  9. Ellen Says:

    I’m here through Firefox and everything looks fabulous!!!!:)

  10. Linda Says:

    Hello, friend. Yes, I can see it tonight. I will visit again when I can take more time to look through Everything.

  11. Theresa Says:

    Hi, it’s 9:46 p.m. CST, I have Firefox 3, and it looks like everything loaded just fine!

  12. Penny Raine Says:

    looks great from here!

    blessings, Penny Raine
    http://www.pennyraine.com/blog

  13. Mizé Says:

    Hi. I´ve been here every day with no problem. Most times I use Firefox because it´s much better for dropping Entrecards.
    When I read your post I opened your site with IE and everything is working fast and ok.
    Hope it helps. Mizé.

  14. Tony Says:

    What kind of error are they getting? Does the page not load, give a time out, etc?

  15. Carole Says:

    Seems AOK at least right now! 🙂

  16. anajz Says:

    Nice new look! Looks good in Firefox.

  17. Lyndon Says:

    Well I can see your blog and it seems to be running fine. Maybe your host had a problem with the server that your on. But as of right now, everything seems ok.

  18. vulcanhammer Says:

    I use Firefox and all looks just fine:)

  19. Beth Says:

    I’m using Firefox 3, and I can see your blog just fine. Obviously. 😉

  20. Rebecca Says:

    THANK YOU so much for your help! I posted an update to the problem and edited the Main Post, for those who asked about what was going on. If you have any help to offer, please offer!

  21. Polly Says:

    It’s working super on my PC – must admit I was surprised at your new layout …. pleased that you have kept the ladybird though!!!!!!!!!!!!

  22. Monica Says:

    Not sure if someone mentioned this, but those that cannot see it should clear their cache… ?

    I’m on FireFox 3.0 and you are looking great! 🙂 Also, I had no idea Akismet blocks sites.

    Monica

  23. Rebecca Says:

    One guy at the WordPress forum is suggesting that maybe Luxor’s ISP cached bad/wrong DNS records from my web host during their DNS problems. I don’t know if my DNS numbers changed. I really don’t know much about that. I wonder who else was caught in the cross-fire….

    It may take several days for his ISP to refresh the bad DNS, if that is so. I’m still hoping a geek from the Entrecards group reads this and offers some advice.

    Thanks for letting me know the site is visible to you. 🙂

  24. LizzyT Says:

    Hi, I can see you blog and I have accessed it through Internet Explorer, wish I could be of help. Good Luck sorting out your problems!

  25. Luxor Says:

    Here I am!!! Got in easy as anything this morning …

    Ah, it’s good to be back. 🙂

  26. Roxiticus Desperate Housewives Says:

    I’ve been by a few times over the past 48 hours to drop a few EntreCards and you’re always lookin’ good…I hate that kind of technical glitch, so I hope you get it cleared up soon.

    Roxy

    P.S. — Thanks for “advertising” on my EntreCard today.

  27. Roxiticus Desperate Housewives Says:

    Oh, I see Luxor left the comment before mine, so it seems your troubles are over. Huzzah!

  28. Rebecca Says:

    HURRAY HURRAY HURRAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Luxor, am I glad to see you! Now I hope some of the other guys can get in!

    Someone at the WordPress forum suggested that when Lux was “caught in the crossfire” of my web host’s DNS collapse, Lux’s ISP cached the old/bad DNS address for this blog. He said it sometimes takes a few days for the ISP to reset and clear the old cache. That is probably what happened. I tell ya, I have the WEIRDEST problems, ever!

    But I am SO GLAD to see you here!!! HURRAY!!!