Over the past several days at least four of my blogs have been producing “error establishing a database connection” messages. This has been caused by server-wide loss of the mysql database connection at my host, midphpase, who claims the problem is now fixed. For how long, who knows? (Html pages, like my top-level home, rightreading.com, have, of course, not been affected by this.)
To top off my web annoyances, I was briefly hacked a couple of weeks ago. Dusk Peterson noticed this and alerted me pretty quickly, so it was all cleaned up within a day or two. But as a result, the site is now banned from Google, and even a “site:” operator search produces zero results. I have filed a reinclusion request with Google — we’ll see how long this takes.
On the bright side, I installed a plugin that lists posts from today’s date in previous years. You can see it in action at the bottom of the left sidebar. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it, but it’s amusing me at the moment. As a general rule the less bling the better but sometimes you’ve got to play around a little. Especially when things just aren’t going your way.
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