A brief holiday blog update

My American readers don’t need this reminder, but, because I’m continually humbled at how many international readers I have, I thought I’d just mention it anyway. We here in the States are in the middle of a three day holiday weekend for Memorial Day on Monday. As a result, I’m taking it (mostly) easy, although yard work still calls, as do my grant and paper that need to be submitted. Given that, I thought this lazy Sunday would be a good time to provide a blog status update about the ill-fated transition to WordPress that began on Monday. I’ll try to have a “real” post tomorrow or Tuesday. Hopefully, after Tuesday things will be back to normal.

In the meantime:

  • Things appear to be stabilizing as far as blog functioning goes. However, as readers have noticed, we still have a serious spam problem. This is not likely to be resolved before Tuesday because apparently the Powers That Be don’t consider it enough of an urgent problem to work on over the weekend. In the meantime, every time I take a look at the blog, there are a bunch of new spam comments that need to be nuked, and, as spammers are wont to do with them, they are ever-morphing such that adding aspects of them to my killfile has only limited effect. We’re just going to have to put up with this for a couple of more days at least. Believe me, I find it more irritating as you do, as I’m the one who has to zap the comments. The problem, of course, is that real comments naturally tend to decrease over the weekend (and especially over holiday weekends), which means that the spam-to-real-comment ratio is ridiculously high right now.
  • I don’t know when issues with the changes to the new template that you (and I) don’t like will be dealt with. Personally, it irritates me to no end that the number of comments for each post is not displayed on the front page.
  • Over time, I’ll be fiddling with the appearance of the blog as much as is allowed within the confines of this template in order to get it back to looking something like what I like.
  • Not surprisingly, since I got access to stats again after two days with no stats, I found that my traffic is down approximately 20-30%. I don’t know how much of this is the normal holiday weekend drop and how much is due to the transition, but I’m not happy.

All whining aside, here’s hoping things return to normality soon. Feel free to continue the discussion about what’s good and bad about the new template and what you, as readers, see as the most urgent problems that need to be corrected and things that need to be changed.