Top 5 things to do while WordPress is down


WordPress was down in that city by the bay. A hard down. The kind of down that made Army veterans want to cry.

And there I was wanting to work on my blog. But the blogs had been locked down in “read only” mode. It’s true. No doubt I’ll someday be telling my grandchildren about the great Read Only Crisis of 2011.

Sure, I could have loaded up a word processor or text editor and typed my thoughts elsewhere. And then, when WordPress was restored, I could have (shudder) copied-and-pasted my words into the Edit Post window. Gads.

But that path wasn’t for me. That was not the path of “cut off your nose to spite your face.” For me, even the road less traveled is still far too crowed.

So I just sat. And thought.

SOAPBOXHere I present some of the thoughts that went through my head during that trying time.

  1. We bloggers use words, right? Well, most of us do. So why not adopt a word and make it your own? Go to Save The Words and do your part to help. I adopted the word “modernicide” which means the “killing of modern people.” When you undertake to save a word you take a vow to use the word “in conversation and correspondence, as frequently as possible and to the very best of [your] ability.”
  2. Twiddle your thumbs. Practice makes perfect and, if you’re good enough, you can go pro.
  3. Collect old newspapers and magazines from around the house and cut out letters to craft your very own ransom note. Who knows? If you get lucky you may even get to use it someday.
  4. Plan your own funeral or wake. What if, God forbid, they played Justin Bieber at your funeral? I’m not just going to sit here and let that happen! Go proactive and choose your playlist. For me that means lots of Disturbed (Another Way to Die) and Type O Negative (I Don’t Wanna Be Me). It’s going to be important so don’t leave the shindig to chance.
  5. This one takes a bit of money but it’s worth it. Go to your local tattoo shop and bribe the “artists” there to deliberately misspell words. Do not underestimate this activity. It’s good clean fun!
  6. Bonus. Call the Karma Police and hang up.
  7. Bonus. Count the leaves on a tree.
  8. Bonus. Take a soapbox downtown, put it on a city sidewalk, stand on top, and try to convince ten passerby they are going to Hell.
  9. Bonus. Think of your most favorite food in the whole wide world. Now go look it up on the internet until you learn the bitter TRUTH about how it is really made. Ha ha ha! You’ll never eat that again!

This would have been a top ten list but, curses, WordPress came back up. Oh well, maybe more next time.

7 responses

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  2. How about “visit the bathroom.” Because we know how hard it is to get away from the computer when you’re blogging. When WordPress is down, it’s a great opportunity to empty your bladder. It’s a good thing it goes down occasionally, or people would explode.


    1. Damn these biological imperatives!


  3. I love the idea of bribing tattoo artists to misspell!

    I didn’t realize WP was down. Glad you made it back!


    1. Heh. The practical joke that keeps on giving. “My bad. You’ve just been punked! Ha ha ha!”

      WordPress has had a couple of outages in last few days. I didn’t affect me much. It merely delayed one of my auto-scheduled posts. That’s not too bad, really. Still I can’t help but have a bit of fun at their expense.


  4. I must admit I like to save the posts I’m working on as Word document and then copy and paste them into the main text box when I’m finished writing.


    1. No. Say it isn’t so! šŸ™‚ Just as long as you turn off all the “fancy” characters that Microsoft is in love with so much, like quotes, apostrophes, dashes, etc. I hate those.


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