I find it truly amazing at times how a small clink in the chain, can break a link and in turn cause a chain link reaction! Like the rolling stone that can cause an avalanche, the faster it gets the more momentum it gathers until it is so huge and awesome that it is purely devastating … luckily however whilst l experienced another day like this today, it didn’t truly knock me over, just affected my gait and stride for a while!
However, as you know l am trying to be above positive of late and l am impressed with my achievements so far – it’s now a week of no smoking as in an actual cigarette or raw tobacco – l don’t have the pangs for it – But l have got the vaper and liquid and l have got the right recipe so l am really pleased with myself.
I am thinking positive thoughts with my shoulder and neck and taking less tablets l have now been on less tablets for four days – l was on 12 per day and sometimes 13/15 and now l am on 6 – 8 a day. I am not going to say l don’t have pain – for l do – but the credo of ‘no pain, no gain’ is what l am working with now. So another aspect of being pleased with myself.
I am now very consciously aware of the direction l wish to take my blog and my business and l have been working with a lot of dedication since January this year with regards improvement strategies and as l have just said to a friend, if l could find the successful recipe with regards balance of my content writing versus reading other content from other bloggers – well it may well complete me, you know – you had me at hello!
Currently l have so much going on, that l really didn’t need today’s glitches, but l managed to secure at least one positive thought through the negativity before the issues were thankfully resolved.
Instead of getting up at the right time this morning despite retiring to bed earlier – the rain was so horrendous outside when Suze left for work at 8am that l knew Scrappy would not wish to be walked getting wet through and promptly fell asleep again – until 8.55am!
Thoroughly annoyed with myself l got up, shaved and showered but madam Scrappy was still in her bed snoring her head off, so l got myself a coffee and logged into my blog, only to discover that the post dated greetings post set to go live at 6.15am – was nowhere to be seen? Despite the dashboard telling me it had been published at 6.15, but it was still sitting in the scheduler waiting to be published at 6.15am at 10.15am? Oh joy l thought, it’s going to be another one of those days!!
It throws me out of sync when l have set posts up to go live when l am offline and that doesn’t happen!
Yesterday l took the plunge and upgraded my blog from Premium plan to a couple of stages upwards in readiness for my business later on this year early next – only to discover that in certain Site Pages the Gutenberg Editor had installed itself – OMG!! Was all l could say. Now l did try working with it for a couple of hours, but it was and is remarkably slower and more so if like me you are NOT overly familiar with it! The real annoyance was that it wasn’t all the way through the entire blog, just in certain pages and thankfully [l say lightly] that it wasn’t on Post Pages but purely in Site Pages – so no biggie right?
Well yeah, because l put a lot of data into some of my Site Pages so the last thing l needed was this! It meant that instead of doing what l was planning to do, l had to start reformatting my Site Pages because of my use of grids that in Gutenberg are simply not compatible – they look fine on the outside as in from a reader’s perspective, but not from the inner workings side and more of a problem for someone who has methodical OCD!!
In addition to that l noticed there were other problems, like overlapping posts on my Home Page, a visual nightmare, or menus not functioning properly! To say the least it was becoming a bit more than a n eyesore, but a serious stress point!
Luckily the Happiness Engineer was able to resolve and rectify all of these issues without hitch – it happened because of the plug ins that are included naturally in some of the upgrades, as l do not specifically have any plug ins [well apart from the one the engineer enabled for me which is the one that turns off Gutenberg editor and returns the Classic editor!
But the positive feature l learned was this … that l had to change the layout of some of my Site Pages, because l saw what Gutenberg actually did to those pages, they went from functional to absolute nightmare.
There is going to come a time perhaps when we might not have the option of using the Classic WP editor and can ONLY use the new one – luckily it’s not today – but it did give me the shot across the bow that simply said ‘take these grids out and think of something more basic.
The blog is now 98% fixed, l have to ask about an issue that l have noticed – but it can wait till tomorrow. However, now l am playing catch up again – grr, l had just caught up ‘ish, now l am behind again most assuredly!