I think this may be the cutest dog picture I have ever seen! The slightly bloody paw bothers me a bit, but does not seem to be bothering this pup at all. More about dogs in the snow in a moment.
Happy Holidaze . . .
I hope you all shared a lot of love, good food, laughter, and stimulating conversation. Our holiday was all of that and more.
The Silver Lining . . . All is Well
I have been lucky to have been very visible online for a dozen years and to have avoided computer hell as much as I have.
When your first warning emails showed up right after the last post, about Google hanging the dreaded Malware sign on us, I honestly thought it would be a small thing to fix.
You and your computer were never actually in any danger whether you read the post or not. The trouble was that some ding-dang Russians had posted comments on some of the archived blogs that contained links to sites they run where they try to scam people. Somehow, they had gotten through my spam comment filters. You would have had to find that comment, and click on the author’s name to get there before you would have been vulnerable to anything. I know you didn’t do that, so no harm was done.
Once we found those comments, we were able to scour through all the Comments on all the archived Wisdom Woman blogs and get rid of them. Every time we thought we had found them all, we asked Google for a Review (which they will only do every 12 hours or so), and they would still find a culprit in there. It took 4 days, but we finally got the all clear from Google.
My server guys then said I HAD TO upgrade my version of WordPress to increase the security, or they would charge me to help the next time.
Problem was, that pretty theme I was using with the slideshow and all, was not compatible with the upgrade. When I installed the new version of WordPress, to my horror, the whole blog disappeared. And the server guys were off having their holiday. If you tried to go to the blog and got a plain white page, you hit that period of time.
So, the silver lining to this cloud was hard to find. At the point when I yelled F-YOU!!!!!!! at the computer screen, I knew I was over the top and had to take a break.
But, there is a silver lining after all. Out of all the thinking and rethinking about my online “brand” that went on while I was crawling on my belly through the total history of my websites, came a new plan for everything. I have been looking for that new plan for a long time, and there it was under all that cloud.
I’ll be letting you know all about it as I go along, but this plan should bring all the wonderful content that is buried all over the place like dog bones, back to the forefront, create enough growth that I still won’t have to mess up everything with advertising, and be a good thing for all of us.
Now, speaking of dog bones, back to dogs . . .
Dogs in Snow
Photo by Pamela Hubbard
Here is a link to a wonderful photo experience that will make you smile – guaranteed. If it could make me smile during my time in computer hell, it can make anybody cough up a grin or two. . .
And, speaking of snow . . .
Trampled Snow Art by Simon Beck
As I have said so many times before, I am in awe of artists who create like this. The work is so arduous and the lifespan of the art so fleeting, the planning stage so complicated, and in this case, the working environment so challenging (cold), but the results are breathtaking and absolutely unique.
Just FYI Stuff . . .
The looks of this blog will be changing over the next week or so, as I search for the theme that best serves us all, AND one that will stay compatible with WordPress updates!
I also want to remind everyone that the new Inktense Soup to Nuts Workshop is discounted by $10 until the end of the year.
Start date will be January 15, 2013. Don’t miss this one no matter what your favored art genre. Inktense does everything!