Donations accepted2I’ve been having some issues with the website and posting to it.  I spent a few hours troubleshooting it Saturday and Sunday.  During these tests I changed the theme briefly and disabled all the plugins as part of the testing. 

I haven’t really solved the issues I was having, but I did manage to break the Donation plugin that was always on the right sidebar near the top.  While I was at a conference a few months ago I learned about what is said to be a better Donation plugin called Give.  So I thought I would give that one a try since I had to sort of start over in that department.  For the user it’s basically the same.  It gives me a little more control on the back end. 

It works because I received the first generous donation this afternoon.  I have some new B&P drink coasters that I thought I’d send some out to anyone who makes a donation to help support B&P. 

So, if you make a donation please make sure your address is correct with PayPal (or send me a mailing address) and expect a token of our appreciation in the mail in the near future.


B&P Global Chat on Sunday Morning

Sunday at 10 am EDT

BAGC-logo_small2How about a B&P Global Chat Sunday Morning about 10 am Eastern time (9 am my time)?  You have to figure out what time it is in your neck of the woods.  I’ll try to be on by then, but I might be a few minutes late.  Everyone is welcome!

Here’s a link to the chatroom. 

Turn your webcam on if you have one.  Webcam not required to chat.

No sign up required.  Just login as guest and change your name to your B&P screen name.

See you Sunday morning!

Technical Difficulties

Website problems

Bits and Pieces was down for a few hours Tuesday evening.  A talk with tech support told me that there was some kind of “scripting error” and the best answer would be to restore a backup of the site.  So I did that and lost some of the posts and most of the comments from Tuesday. 

I was able to resurrect some of those posts but not all of them.  Everything else appears to be back and working normally.  Let me know if you find other problems besides the few missing posts.

Sorry about the inconvenience.

New: Quicktags in comments

QuicktgsYou can now easily make your comments (or part of them) bold or italicize them by clicking the buttons located on top left of the comment box.  You can also create a block quote and insert a link using the quicktag buttons.

As always when trying new plugins, this is a test.  Sometimes plugin incompatibilities create problems for the site and must be removed.  We will remove any plugin that creates a  problem.

B&P becomes a teenager

13TH BIRTHDAYSomehow the anniversary of the start of Bits and Pieces slipped by me. It was on March 31, 2002, that the first ever B&P post appeared. 

 Happy Belated 13th Birthday!  

13 years is a very long time for a blog to hang around.  While we don’t get as many visitors as we once did we still have a loyal following and I thank you all for tuning in week after week, month after month and year after year.  

Thank you!  … and here’s to another year!


B&P – New and Improved!

A sign reading new and improved on yellow backgroundWe’ve migrated this site and Bits of Wisdom  to a new server as part of a managed hosting package from our hosting provider.  What does this mean ?  The server is set up specifically for WordPress, the software platform running the sites. The site should be faster in loading and there should be less chance for downtime and if there is a problem they will deal with it much faster than when it was on the old server.  

 Update:   We’ve deactivated the Star Ratings plugin temporarily.  It’s presenting some slight problems.  Hopefully we’ll be able to reactivate it soon.

 Update II: The Star Ratings plugin has been reactivated and seems to be working fine.  Everything else seems OK too.  I migrated several sites to this new server and only one (not related to blogging) is giving me trouble.  

B&P Site Problems

Website server downBits & Pieces was down off and on quite a bit on Friday but seemed pretty normal over the next couple of days.  This morning it was experiencing frequent down time and delays in loading.  I contacted the hosting tech support and they said the server was being very erratic and that they’re working on it and think they have the problem solved.  It might take a little time to clear the backlog of requests and get back to normal.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this might cause.

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