A Blogging Conundrum

The seas are a little rough in cyberspace right now!

We are at Defcon 5 here at the office.  The kids and Miss Madison are stowed away in the doomsday bunker and I’m at an undisclosed location manning the Skipah’s Realm mainframe.  This website got torpedoed in the last 48 hours and I plus a team of incompetent WordPress techs are trying to figure out what has happened.  I would blame it on a Kentuckian but the majority of them don’t even know how to operate a computer unless it says Commodore 64 on the side of it.  I’ll be right over though if we are playing a marathon battle of Summer Games, I want to be Italy!  With a Commodore 64 reference I’m really showing my age!

What has happened?  My loyal island of the internet has been raped and pillaged by a ghost.  My millions (more like 775) of cyber pals have disappeared.  To quote Warden Norton “Just up and vanished like a fart in the wind.”  All of a sudden I’m only at 70 and nobody can seem to give me an answer!  I had just completed the bracket for the Skipah’s Realm miniature golf tournament and now I’ve got to start back over with fewer competitors!  This kind of crap really cuts down on the prize pool!  I’ve ruled out the Chinese, but after that anybody is fair game.

Maybe Admiral Pierre Gooseford is behind these shenanigans!

I’m sure this is some kind of technical glitch, but you know what isn’t?  The Democratic Party here in the good ole U.S.A.  How in the hell Hillary Clinton gets as many delegates as Bernie Sanders should be a crime.  She got her ass handed to her Tuesday!  There are closer elections in North Korea than the beat down she took at the hands of LARRY DAVID Senator Sanders.  Yet because of wonky math, super delegates (those are different than delegates…don’t ask) she pretty much played out to a draw Tuesday night in the big picture.  I’m not trying to hold my own American Civics class here, but when you get waxed by a 2 to 1 vote count I think it’s clear to say “The people have spoken.”  Even Hammy is flummoxed by this and he grew up in Cold War era Russia!

Other than this latest hiccup things couldn’t be going better for me if a Hollywood screen writer drafted my life story.  Not having Sloane around sucks monkey nuts and trust me loyal reader a major comeuppance (this will be the “big” word of the day) is in the works for the future.  The road that has been paved with potholes is starting to get some new gold asphalt.  It’s going to take a while for me to get this new super highway fully operational, but it’s going to be a thing of beauty once I get it completed.  Skipah’s lesson for the day…don’t piss Sloane off!

Having Miss Madison around full time is definitely a plus to offset the negative of my daughter being trapped against her will, although she could possibly be rethinking this “dating” a blogger stuff.  I mention traffic is good or bad and she thinks I’m talking about the White Tail Deer Causeway.  We will be driving somewhere exotic and romantic, like say IKEA and Trader Joes (we are modern day romantics) and something catches my eye we turn around so I can capture a picture for future material.  When my phone starts singing to me like I’m at an Adele concert she no longer asks silly questions like “When are you and that Texas blogger going to get a room.”  She knows the harmonics of the Twitter symphony orchestra consisting of the like, retweet, and comment to the original tweet trifecta when my Samsung Galaxy 6 starts going haywire.  That’s a free plug Samsung rumor has it the SG7 is coming out soon…just saying.  When Miss Madison finds the time between babysitting me, playing mom, and teaching 8th graders the actual Civil War is more important than the Guns N’ Roses song she wants to do a “dating a blogger” post so stay tuned!

Don’t worry about me I know when to separate blog life with real life, and have Miss Madison’s full support.  I better get off here though and get back to the offices and clean up the mess I made with glitter and a hot glue gun or that attitude might change.  I was in the process of making Valentine’s Day cards to all my cyber pals and sneezed.  Now the place looks like I was hosting a DIY stripper convention (huge untapped voting bloc in the states) and I don’t want to have to explain this one to Miss Madison!

Jeb Bush needing a little traction in your campaign?

Cheese be my valentine!  Don’t underestimate the creativity of DIY strippers!

Also if you are part of the WordPress headache posse that I’ve been able to avoid until now don’t forget to (re)follow Skipah’s Realm so you can get your daily dose sleep inducing dribble!

Editors Note:  Since this posting WordPress has fixed the error, forget anything negative I ever said about them :).


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  1. Hammy has been just chilling and of course drinking vodka and gambling. I think he misses Sloane also.

  2. You are not boring. Well at least Hammy isn’t :-p

  3. I still don’t think they have it fixed right I’m not getting the traffic I used to and while I know I’m pretty boring I didn’t think that many people would jump ship in a day!

  4. I did wonder why you were suddenly at the top of my followers list

  5. WP can never leave well enough alone!

  6. It was a mini crisis for a couple of days, Valentine’s Day should be special get to spend it with my two favorite girls in the world :).

  7. Glad you were able to get the technical glitch sorted Gary. Hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day with Miss Madison and that you have much more time with Sloane in your future.

  8. I can only imagine! I would have been, too! Someone told me WP is being wacky lately though…

  9. Thankfully tragedy was averted!

  10. WordPress occasionally has bad days, too! There are periods when it cannot keep the location I post correctly for around two days until it has their databases reset (I guess).

    Your followers will return if they truly were loyal followers! If not, good riddance to bad rubbish.

  11. Blogging is definitely one of those hobbies classified as serious leisure!

  12. Thankfully WordPress fixed it :), I’ll email you about Sverve and see if I can help.

  13. Hi Gary,
    From what I can tell, it sounds like you are having stress. I am sorry to hear.
    I am having trouble at Sverve.com. Do you know what I can do to get my graphic to show up with my link? Thanks

  14. I have so many issues because I have no idea what I’m doing haven’t you figured this out yet? Have you ever been to IKEA, her showing me all the kitchen arrangements they offer was the sexiest thing I’ve ever seen! This coming from the guy that blogged for three straight months of his crush on Katy Perry!

  15. Terri you think we could lobby Congress to include us bloggers on the minimum wage scale? God knows we make less than minimum wage for the time we put in :(.

  16. I was in a state of panic LOL

  17. Hey Gary, That’s great news about the fix. This might explain my earlier comment…


  18. Glad Miss M knows and understands what comes with dating master blogger Gary… Lol!

    Exotic locales such as IKEA and Trader Joes?! I literally laughed out loud at that!

    Why do you always have so many issues with your site????? Glad it’s resolved, though!

  19. Great post about the time it takes to blog! So true. I tried to post a comment earlier and could not, so it seems to be fixed now! Whew!

  20. I think I’d freak out too! Glad WP fixed things for you 🙂

  21. Just got word that WP fixed it :).

  22. I subscribe, in a way, via feedly so I am able to still see when you post.

    Those Valentines are adorable!

  23. Thank god double T, I was going to be absolutely heart broken if I lost you also :(.

  24. Good idea, hopefully you never have to deal with the (non)help desk who keeps talking to me like I’m telling a freaking lie.

  25. Glad I didn’t fall off, I’m still a subscriber! Currently beefing up my wordpress security….

  26. That glitch is crazy. I’m still here.

  27. Yes they definitely defeat the whole voting process.

  28. I don’t like the idea of super delegates. A vote should be a vote no matter who casts it.

  29. That’s a good point Bun! Can you believe that nonsense? I swear the Clinton’s would rig a student council election!

  30. Hey, if I and the other 69 became “super-delegate followers,” that might put your blog readership up in the millions.

  31. Sorry to hear about the death. The thing that got me with WordPress is a lot of the people that disappeared I actively engaged with.

  32. I know this might sound a little depressing, but your WordPress glitch triggered me to remember that “your blog followers cannot be forever”… like most things in this life that don’t pass with you to the next…
    Sorry - I have death on my mind as I finish off my Death is not Funny post for tomorrow.
    Good luck for getting those (temporary) followers back!

  33. Annette Rochelle Aben

    Ya still gots me…

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