The last 2 weeks my life on this blog have been my living nightmare. If the site hasn't been running properly, my computer has been malfunctioning. The site keeps slowing or shutting down as our web designer tries to move the archives to the new software site.
Meanwhile McAfee found 74 infections on my computer Monday (after spending 4 hours with me on the phone) and several more hidden infections today (ditto on the time).
All I can say is I'm really sorry. I so appreciate your patience and hope the improvements planned will make all this aggravation worthwhile....
UPDATE, 7/10, 8:38a: As I said a few days ago, moving my archives from MT to WP has proven to be a huge job. Our web designer began moving smaller chunks during the nighttime hours this week to minimize server and software disturbance. But she says she will be "pushing hard on it this weekend," so we may again experience interference. Again, thanks for your patience.
UPDATE, 7/6, 8a: Importing the archives - 5k entries and 100k comments - from MT to WP has proven to be a massive undertaking. Our expert has had to break the imports down into smaller and smaller chunks so as not to jam the server and choke WP. I'm guessing this part of the process is about 1/3 complete. Only after this chore is completed will we see the site enhancements. Thanks for your patience....
7/3, 10:33a: This weekend you may (or may not, hopefully!) experience a few technical difficulties as the site makes a major move from the MovableType software platform to Word Press.
Over the past several months commenters have noticed difficulty and drag time uploading comments. We've experienced the same problem attempting to upload posts.
Five years worth of archives have just become too much for MT to handle. MT was state of the art when the site was created but hasn't kept up with the times. Hence, the move to WP, which also has many more plug-in options. You'll see a couple of those plug-ins featured when the move is completed. I'll explain more about them when I see they're working properly. I'm particularly happy with the new options commenters will have available.
The site itself won't look much different, since we just gave it a face lift a year or so ago. It should just operate much more smoothly, with a couple new bells and whistles.
Thanks for your support!
While I'm at it, big thanks to the volunteer team that keeps this site running smoothly - Angela, Bethany, Bobby Bambino, Carla, Carder, Chris Arsenault, Jasper, and Laura Loo. These good people have donated hundreds of hours of their passion and talents to help expand the pro-life message through this site.
I also have grown quite dependent on administrative assistant Kelli, who shows the same concern for the site's functionality as I do, which gives wonderful peace of mind.
Health Overhaul May Mean Longer ER Waits, Crowding
By CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer Carla K. Johnson, Ap Medical Writer – Fri Jul 2, 7:31 am ET
CHICAGO – Emergency rooms, the only choice for patients who can't find care elsewhere, may grow even more crowded with longer wait times under the nation's new health law.
1.There's already a shortage of front-line family physicians in some places and experts think that will get worse.
2. People without insurance aren't the ones filling up the nation's emergency rooms. Far from it. The uninsured are no more likely to use ERs than people with private insurance, perhaps because they're wary of huge bills.
3. The biggest users of emergency rooms by far are Medicaid recipients. And the new health insurance law will increase their ranks by about 16 million. Medicaid is the state and federal program for low-income families and the disabled. And many family doctors limit the number of Medicaid patients they take because of low government reimbursements.
And the hits just keep on coming.Posted by: yor bro ken at July 4, 2010 8:04 AM
I use Word Press for my blog, and it's excellent! I hope things will now run more smoothly.Posted by: Lori Pieper at July 4, 2010 9:51 AM
I've never really liked the format of this blog. WordPress is so much better, I can't wait!Posted by: Austin Nedved at July 4, 2010 11:28 PM
Jill and company,
I have no complaints about the old format, but I do appreciate your desire to make improvements.
Thanks for all that you do.
Happy Birthday Uncle Sam!Posted by: yor bro ken at July 4, 2010 11:52 PM
Austin, Ken, it's my understanding that things will look pretty much the same after the changes.
As Jill stated above, "The site itself won't look much different, since we just gave it a face lift a year or so ago. It should just operate much more smoothly, with a couple new bells and whistles." :)Posted by: Kel at July 5, 2010 12:09 AM
That's great , Jill and Company! Sounds exciting!Posted by: Robyn at July 5, 2010 1:48 PM
In response to the ongoing poll questions:
1. Do you think Republicans will fillibuster the nomination of Eleana Kagan to the U S Supreme Court?
2. Either way, do you think she ultimately be confirmed?
Then U. S. Senator Obama Voted For Alito Filibuster Even As He Criticized It
[Sounds Kerryesque, doesn't it?]
Here's what he told George Stephanopoulos on Jan. 29, 2006:
Stephanopoulos: "Two of your colleagues, Senator (Edward) Kennedy and Senator (John) Kerry, want to try to mount a filibuster tomorrow. Will you join them?"
Obama: "Well, I will be supporting the filibuster because I think Judge Alito, in fact, is somebody who is contrary to core American values, not just liberal values, you know."...
[If you view the video clip, the ‘you know’ is actually a ‘djoe’. A bad speech habit acquired in Chicago that b.o.’s handlers and TOTUS seem to have corrected. Perhaps they denied him cigarettes for whenever he uttered the regional colloquialism.]Posted by: yor bro ken at July 5, 2010 2:39 PM
Hello Jill and Mods. Thank you for all that you do. God bless you with your new software. I appreciate your hard work. Ken love your post about Obamacare loading up the ERs, but we already knew this didn't we bro? Then again pro-aborts always lie like their father, the father of lies. PP LIES TO YOU!Posted by: Prolifer L at July 5, 2010 3:19 PM
It's hard to conceptualize a new and improved Jill Stanek site, but I hope all goes well.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at July 6, 2010 8:35 AM
Hey all, thanks for the kind words.
Ken, the site will look just about the same except for a couple new features and enhanced commenting capabilities.Posted by: Jill Stanek at July 6, 2010 10:35 AM
"The site keeps slowing or shutting down as our web designer tries to move the archives to the new software site."
Ask if the web designer if they can set the priority of the move (or copy?) to a lower setting so it doesn't drag the site down.Posted by: Jasper at July 15, 2010 9:54 PM
I'm sorry, Jill. :(
We are a patient lot.
Everything is going to be just fine.Posted by: carla at July 16, 2010 7:50 AM
You need a Mac, Jill.Posted by: Cranky Catholic at July 16, 2010 10:27 AM
"A recurring theme of my nightmares since childhood has been to go slow motion in an emergency - unable to dial 911 correctly; unable to walk across the street, only crawl; etc.'
Wow, me too, exactly. Hang in there. IRL, I respond well to crisis, and believe you probably do as well.Posted by: Hal at July 16, 2010 1:09 PM
Have a good weekend, Hal!! :)Posted by: carla at July 16, 2010 3:15 PM