I'm still cleaning up the code on this site...wow, I had no idea how bad it was. It seems like the light posting will continue for some time because the code is really messed up (I wasn't that good in keeping a clean code when I started blogging). I've received several comments from people who view this blog using different browsers who are having problems with the site so this needs to be done.
Since I'm editing the code on the site, things are almost certain to change. Whenever you mess around with the code, wierd things happen such as puncuation marks dropping and becoming messed up or just whole sections of posts dropping or becomming garbage (this happens when the republishing of the site spits out errors). One of the reasons I hate tweaking the code is because my posts get all messed up and it takes me forever to fix the problems because blogger does an awful job when it comes to republishing everything. In non-geek terms, when you make an edit to a post, you have to republish the post in order for it to upadate on the site. Since the CSS design code effects every post, the entire site has to be republished and with large sites, that becomes a HUGE problem since blogger's software has a history of republishing problems.
There will probably be pictures or videos dropping which happens to me all the time whenever I update the code. Again, this happens because with blogger, you have to republish everything when you change stuff and that doesn't always work right. Sometimes I'm good in catching problems but sometimes there isn't much I can do depending on how long ago the post was written and I find up ripping up and/or deleteing a post in order for the whole site to work and display properly. I had to do this to several posts during the last update because at that time, I had problems embedding video as well as my photos and I'm only aware of the problem when someone alerts me to an old post.
Since this will be a major update
, I'm positive there are going to be massive problems but updating the site is long overdue...it's better to bite the bullet now than later when the site gets bigger.
In short, I'm sorry if anything gets messed up when the update happens. I'll try my best to catch problems because a site with a bad code could crash you browser (and that would be really bad). Take note that there are a lot of posts on this site and since I won't be able to catch everything, there will probably be posts with dropped text, photos, and/or videos. Don't ask me why this happens...it's a blogger software problem and I've been on this site for too long to move to another server. I just think the template I used on this site was bad from the get go and I should had addressed the problem correctly when all the problems started.
In the end, this update will be good as more people will be able to view the site with no design problems. As for the forseen problems in old posts, I can only do so much for dropped elements in a really old post (up to mid 2006). I didn't post that much on this site till late 2005-early 2006 therefore, it's next to impossible to replace any images or video that drops out. Since most people read blogs for current content, this usually isn't a big deal so I'll catch what I can when I see it but going through every post is RELLY time comsuming as well as very difficult. Again, I'll do what I can but at this point, we can only move forward.
Thanks for your patience everyone. Hopefully this will clear up any concerns when you notice problems on the site.UPDATE:
Case in point, I just updated one small part of the code and bang, the republish output came up with errors. It's probably due because older postings with photos or videos with wrap-around text became messed up because the code in the post was shaky. Blogger is a different beast now than when I first used it and unlike now when posting stuff is easy, I had to manually place photos and video code into my post a long ago and blogger is probably rejecting them now.
I noticed a whole section of posts from early to mid 2006 littered with problems and now I'll have to find out what happened. Most likely, I'll have to edit posts because the photos or video has changed and/or was dropped from it's original location (which is quite common because web pages are now archived therefore the original location changes. Again, all I can say is I'm sorry but if muiltimedia from a old file is dropped, I usually have no idea what was there originally so I'll do what I can to fix the post so the re-publishing will complete itself (sorry, more geeky talk).
Grr, this is the part of blogging that I don't like...