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Yes, we’re baack, but times are changing still

After three years of publishing online, we took a break, but now we’re beginning to re-enter the wonderful wacky world of blogging. (If a post is published but no one reads it, does it really exist? We like to think so.)  Which, of course, begs the question: “Are you still out there?” Somehow–like weight and hair styles–our blog fluctuates. Publishing these last several posts since our hiatus, we also have had some technical difficulties, and we’ve decided our old-fashioned template is not adapting well to the newer version of WordPress.

Back in the old days, when we started posting on jackiedoherty.org, we were using WordPress 1.5; our current version is in the 3s. (We’ve been offered to upgrade to 3.3, but that may bring additional glitches to the site, so we’re holding off.) In the meantime, we’re working on a snazzy new look with a new template, new photos, etc–actually, we’ll get a web developer to help with all that snazziness, and we may even get a new writer or two, so stay tuned. Don’t worry, it will still be purple in flavor and tenor (naturally), and Margaret and I will still be at the keyboards.

When we are fully back online with our new look, we will throw a huge party, take out a full-page ad in The Sun, let all the other local bloggers know, and tweet until our fingers are numb! jkjk

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Blog sickness cured

If you check this site regularly (thank you for that), you may have noticed many days without posts.  Although this does happen occasionally because living my life takes precedence over writing about it, the last few weeks featured a particularly long stretch of silence, and with reason. The first reason was that my blog was sick and it took me awhile to figure out it wasn’t my computer; the second reason was school vacation (as many of you know, kids can be so distracting), as well as other commitments and family concerns. Speaking of kids, it was actually a young LHS student entrepreneur who solved my blog crisis.

Nate Tenczar, a junior at LHS whose parents are former city councilor Attorney Dan Tenczar and Lisa Tenczar of DancEnergy, was the young tekky to solve my problem at last. Charging very reasonable rates, Nate Tenczar Computer Consulting, which can reached via ntenczar@gmail.com, discovered that “somehow malicious lines of code were injected into the header.php file of my blog, which caused the person viewing the blog to be redirected to an advertising website.” I confess to not understanding what exactly happened or how—something about my blog code being modified to send people off to random ad sites—what I do know was that it was incredibly aggravating to try to post during this period and that I wasted much time trying to figure out what was wrong with my computer when it was actually the blog. In any case, Nate resolved the issue; other than being annoying, it didn’t cause harm; and I’m now ready to get back to posting regularly. Please let me know if you notice anything weird in the future, and I highly recommend Nate as a source for your computer needs!

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