So I am blogging and posting and sharing.
You know all the things we bloggers love to do,
and then out of the blue I receive an email from another blogger who says,
“Hey! My blogroll says your blog hasn’t written a post in 3 weeks,
and you might have a problem with feedburner.”
Where does it say that?
I have posted 15 times in the last three weeks!
So I start looking around.
I go to her blog and there I am on the sidebar of the list of blogs she follows
and I am all the way at the bottom of her list
and it says my last post was three weeks ago.
But that’s not right.
As a matter a fact I published a post today.
I look some more.
I go to Bloglovin and the last post they are showing for me is three weeks old.
All of the 15+ posts I have published are nowhere to be found.
I go to Networked blogs – nothing since three weeks ago.
Linky – the same!
They all say I stopped blogging three weeks ago.
What The Hell?
What is this feedburner thing?
Oh, I remember that – when I first start blogging I set that up.
Now I start thinking and I was rearranging my buttons on the sidebar a few weeks back
and was trying to use a different RSS feed button and I couldn’t get it to work
and so I just went back and kept the one I had from feedburner.
Well I think I must have messed something up when I did that.
It is the only thing I can think of .
The other blogger that was kind enough to inform me about my problem
was also kind enough to hook me up with the person who fixed her feedburner problem also.
But they couldn’t get to me for a week.
It seemed I would have to wait.
She tried this,
she tried that,
she emailed me
with the question,
“Is that working?”
No it is not working.
We were obviously both getting frustrated.
Two weeks have passed and it still isn’t working.
It is now five weeks plus since my last published post is showing anywhere.
I felt like those three weeks of posting in the dark were for nothing,
and then two more weeks of posting but feeling like I was shoving
my posts under the sofa so no one could see them.
I was doing my own investigation and found that on my blogger
one thing was suppose to be different than what it was.
It was in the settings, under other,
post feed redirect URL.
It didn’t have feedburner in there at all,
but instead had my blog address.
I had never changed this.
I didn’t want to interfere with anything the lady I had hired to fix my blog was doing,
so I contacted her and told her what I had found.
She said, no that couldn’t be it,
that she had checked that right at the beginning,
but she would look at it.
It was wrong.
She changed that and put the feedburner address in there and….
my blog starting breathing again.
My blog posted when she received a post.
My blog feed it to feedburner and feedburner feed it to
all the places they feed it to.
My blog was back up and breathing.
But in the process I feel like I got knocked down
and kicked around.
It knocked the wind out of me.
It frustrated me.
It aggravated me.
But hey I am back up and running.
But I have been having trouble writing again…
and wondering why.
It is as if someone took my writings and hid them.
I felt like a runner feels when her breathing is perfect and
she is running, heart pumping, totally in synch with the run
and then she stumbles on a rock
and barely catches herself and then has to stop
and she goes to the doctor and he says..
What do you mean?
After several weeks of recovery she tries running
but it just isn’t feeling right
she can’t find her stride just yet.
She decides she will try again tomorrow.
I go to twitter and start tweeting.
And low and behold the next morning I get up and I have a tweet sent to me,
“blogroll is back up and running, I need you back on the blog.”
Someone is encouraging me?
It brought tears to my eyes.
Isn’t incredible what a helping hand can do for the spirit.
I thanked her and told her it was just the encouragement I needed.
Then I realized she was telling me that her blog was back up
and running and she needed me back reading her blog.
She never let me know I had misinterpreted
her tweet and that’s okay.
We all get knocked down in life.
What is important is that we get back up again..
even if it takes us awhile.
You didn’t have to take the time to let me know,
but you did
and that means everything.