Now don’t worry, this isn’t going to be a post on religion. That and politics are two subjects you’ll never see me writing about. People can get just nasty when it comes to those and to me, they just aren’t debatable.
So what’s up with the holy water and what the heck are you talking about! Ah, the million dollar question.
Okay, here’s what happened.
My Nephew, The World Traveler
Last Saturday, January 19th, our family gathered together at my brothers house for our belated Christmas celebration. You see, my nephew works on a cruise ship and has for the past three years. So he has missed the holiday celebrations since he started but that’s okay. We wait until he returns because it is all about family anyway!
On his last run he went to Greece, Israel and Turkey. His last leg was back to the Caribbean. So I open my Christmas gifts from him and he brought me this gorgeous handmade bowl from Turkey and a bottle of holy water from Israel. Yep, they dipped it out of the stream themselves and it’s still cold to the touch.
Why The Holy Water Came Too Late
Without boring you to death with my long drawn out story I’ll do my best to shorten this up. Stop laughing!
Most of you know that last week was pure hell for my poor blog. You might have been one of those that received that dreaded page that said “error establishing a database connection” or the darn page wouldn’t load or it timed out on you and you lost your comment. Urggggggggg
I can actually say that it was the week from hell. If only the holy water had been in my hands during that week instead of my nephews.
Hey, I like to think that it’s something pretty special and it now sits on my cabinet right beside my desk as it shows in the picture above. I’m expecting smooth sailing from here guys.
Okay, back to my story.
So my blogging issues have actually been taking place for a little over a month now. I still love my hosting service, Bluehost, but it’s hell when every time you call for help someone is telling you something different. Talk about frustrating.
So I eventually learned that the problem was in my database but I didn’t have a clue how to fix it. So what did I do?
I reached out to my buddy Ashvini Saxena!
Ashvini Saved My Blog
Here I go again, sounding like a broken record but had I not built a relationship with Ashvini I would not have been able to call him for help.
No, he doesn’t do technical stuff for a living. Ashvini is a business owner and works from home like many of us do. He just happens to also be a very intelligent guy who knows all this technical jargon that’s way over my head. He’s so smart he’s even created two plug-ins and boy are they cool.
So I emailed him, told him what was going on and bless his heart, he stuck with it until he was able to find the culprit. Know what it was?
My CommentLuv Premium plug-in.
Now this is no fault of Andy’s either really. I sort of understand now what happened so without confusing you too much I’ll just tell you that because he was using WordPress’s functionality and it wasn’t optimized it was causing my database to make thousands upon thousands of attempts to retrieve the records it was searching for.
Most people don’t have as many comments as I do so it wasn’t an issue for you, yet! It was all in the settings so it just needed to be adjusted.
I sent Andy the information Ashvini gave me, Andy updated it for the beta testers to check it out and then he’ll release another updated version once we’ve thoroughly tested it. My problem has been solved! Can you say hallelujah!!!
Bluehost Loves Me Again
Man oh man, Bluehost shut my blog down twice because of this. Now I can totally understand why they did that because with those thousands of searches each time someone left a comment it was dragging their servers down and all those other people who shared one with me.
Can you imagine someone doing that to you? I’d be pissed and I was too because it took all this time to hunt down the issue but it’s all fixed and they love me again. Yay!!!
Who Do You Have To Call
Do you have an Ashvini? Do you have someone you can reach out to when problems arise that you can ask for help? Have you built up those relationships with other so you can email, call, Skype of do a Google Hangout when you need support?
I do, I have several people now but thank goodness I have a friend in Ashvini who was knowledgeable enough to search my site and find the culprit.
Start building those relationships because this is yet another perfect example of a time in need. It’s going to happen to everyone, it’s just inevitable. Have those people you can reach out to when it does. Problems happen, they are out of our control.
So thank you so much Ashvini for your generosity and support during this time to stick with me and help me get this issue resolved. I swear, you are my Godsend. Now let’s hope that holy water does the trick and I never have another issue. LOL!!!
So tell me guys, do you have an Ashvini? I would love to hear all about your support network oh and don’t forget to share my post. Who knows, maybe this one will inspire others to start building those relationships too!
You know I’m HUGE on that!