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An involuntary hiatus, for some of you

Right. Sorry about that.

A large number of my readers haven’t been getting updates from this blog for a month or so. I upgraded my installation of WordPress to 2.5.1 shortly before I took most of a month off to heal from eye surgery. That latest edition of WordPress software has an error in it that caused people who’ve been subscribed to my blog for a long time – or subscribed using LiveJournal and other feedreaders – to get no new posts from me for, oh, a month or so.

For those who missed me… thanks, and welcome back. It should be fixed now. If you’re subscribing to this site through an aggregator, you might want to make sure you’re subscribed to the feed at http://ethanz.wpengine.com/feed/ – older URLs like http://ethanz.wpengine.com/wp-rss2.php are now “depricated”… which basically means that WP may not support them much longer and you should really stop using them.

All of which is fine, but WP screwed up pretty badly in not supporting those old URLs for those of us who’ve been using them for a long, long time. If you’re a WordPress blogger and people have complained they’re not getting your updates, or if you’ve seen your traffic fall off, you may want to check what feeds people are subscribed to. If you’ve upgraded to 2.5.1 and folks are using this old style of URL, there’s a decent chance your feeds are blank and not registering new stories.

If that’s the case, the fix is over here – it involves patching two files and rebuilding your database. According to a conversation on support forums, the bug will be fixed in 2.5.2…

2 thoughts on “An involuntary hiatus, for some of you”

  1. Glad to have you back. I thought your absence was due to the surgery. My reader just got a jump start yesterday and so I was able to read your last 10 posts in one go. Also interesting way to read your blog, since each post is such a substantial meal, and so reading ten posts one after the other was a gluttonous splurge.

  2. Like Lilalia, I thought you were out due to surgery. Regardless, welcome back and glad to hear you’re on the mend. By the way, how amazing is The Wire? I got caught up in that a while back when I watched the entire series via HBO On Demand over the course of 4 months. I couldn’t stop talking about it. Glad you were convalescing with good TV (wait, it’s not TV, it’s HBO).

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