Right now, on Budgets Are Sexy, it’s my search bar and also my commenting notification system which sends alerts every time someone leaves a comment where you had left one too (if you had checked the box to receive them, of course). It’s been broken for about 8 months now.
The first year of blogging this stuff annoyed me to no end and I couldn’t go to sleep until it was fixed, but now – 5 years later – I’ve learned to just live with it. Or, more accurately put, *expect* it. It still doesn’t make me happy and I want to punch someone in the face when the most SIMPLEST thing breaks (!!!), but I now know it’s all a part of the game. Just like owning a house. Something will always be broken and you just do the best you can to maintain everything. Sometimes you’re awesome and fix things fast, and other times not so much.
So. If something on your site is driving you mad right now, stop, take a deep breath, and realize that all 1,000 other of your blogging counterparts are dealing with something stupid right now too. Your readers won’t go away or shun you. In fact, they probably have no idea something is broken! Do your best to fix it whenever you have the time, but otherwise keep pushing out killer content and let THAT be your #1 priority.
No one is coming to your site to look at your logo or your fancy “best of” article rotator widget. They help, and are fine to have, but they’re there for your content. Unless that’s the stuff that’s broken, all will be good in the world :)
UPDATE: I’m proud to say I have finally fixed the comment notifications!! It literally took 2 minutes: 1 email to a friend for a recommendation, and another 30 seconds to install his recommended plugin: “subscribe to comments reloaded“. As for the searching feature on my site? It ended up solving its own problem a few days later, haha… I won’t ask questions!