Possible Crackpot Hiatus March 24

Fellow Crackpots:

I write with potentially unfortunate news. The fabulous company that hosts the Crackpot Quilters’ Blog, Laughing Squid web hosting, has announced that on March 24, they will be upgrading one of the pieces of software on which this blog runs (PHP, for anyone who’s interested). This is a necessary upgrade, as the old version isn’t secure and needs to be replaced.

Unfortunately, this means that another piece of software on which this blog runs (WordPress, the actual blog program) will need to be upgraded as well, and this is something that I’m responsible for doing, not the hosting company. I actually should have done it a year ago or more, but I’ve had a few other projects in the hopper (as it were) and never got around to it.

I’m quite sure that I don’t have the time or mental energy right now to upgrade WordPress, much less to have it done by March 24, and I honestly don’t know when I will have the time. (Sometime after our taxes are done, we’ve found daycare for James, and the semester’s over, is my guess.)

I have no idea what will happen to the blog when the upgrade takes place in a week and a bit. It’s possible that it will still function just fine, though I think that’s unlikely. I doubt highly that it will vanish into the aether, though I will try to find time to make a backup just in case. My guess is that posting, commenting, etc. won’t work, but that whatever’s here will still be accessible. We’ll just have to wait and see.

My apologies for this: the blog has been far more successful than I dared hope when I started it, and nearly all of the credit goes to the rest of you, for posting and commenting and keeping it going. I really don’t want to let it slide into obscurity, so I’ll see what I can do once I clear a few things off my plate. Thanks for your patience!

pssst, Rebecca: wanna mess around with a WordPress installation? I think I can set you up a user account on the hosting plan if you want…

3 Responses to “Possible Crackpot Hiatus March 24”

  1. Rebecca says:

    I can try messing around with the WordPress stuff – since I don’t have an Adorable Small Child to keep me busy…

    (so, I should get around to making a couple posts before things might go down, right?)

  2. Marty says:

    Go, Rebecca!

  3. Ann says:

    I second Marty’s “Go, Rebecca.” I am also hoping to make a couple of posts before Dooms Day. In any case, Cathy, we Crackpots can be patient (maybe) and even revert to plain old e-mail to communicate until you are able to devote more time to being Web Mistress in addition to Mommy.

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