Recent Observation: Something on your site will always be broken.

by J. Money on March 6, 2013

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!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nick @ March 6, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Thanks for this J. Since I’m new to this blogging nonsense I just thought it was me not understanding things that broke things on my site. You have given me some perspective and hopefully I can roll with the punches a little better now.


J. Money March 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

Haha yeah – unfortunately we all have to deal with the nonsense :) But luckily the pros of blogging outweigh the cons, right?


Jessi @ Practically Functional March 6, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Oh my god, this is perfectly timed! I know, logically, that you are absolutely right, but still every time something goes wrong I freak out because that thing was important. “Oh no, comments aren’t working, but that’s super important!” “Oh no, my sidebar is all wonky, but that’s super important!” And for the past few weeks it’s been “Oh no, you can’t really view my blog on an iPad, but 25% of my traffic comes from an iPad!” Blarg.

But you’re right, something will always be wonky, and I just need to recognize. :-) Thanks for the reminder!


J. Money March 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

YUP! And I mean, there’s nothing wrong with spending time fixing them and what not – esp maybe comments as that IS kinda important, haha… – but you don’t need to freak out totally ‘cuz it’s really not that big in the grand scheme of things. So you get to it when you can get to it.

Your comment reminds me that my site still needs to be reformatted to cell phone usage too – there’s always something!


Melinda Gonzalez March 9, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Haha, this is so very relevant right now.
I thought blogging was so easy, you just type up a snazzy little article and post it. Not really.
I have been blogging for less than 2 months, and have already come across more issues than I can count.

1. My first month and a half I had my entire blog set to private. No wonder I had no comments. Smart kid here.
2. My spam filter kept dumping normal people’s comments in the spam box.
3. My comment counter went wacky and was totally inaccurate.
4. I tried to fix the comment counter problem and crashed my entire site at prime blog reading time.
5. I fixed the crash, but ended up with a huge grey line down the middle of my blog.
6. I finally just logged off the whole dang thing for a day, and the next day everything was back to normal.

LOL, yeah, sometimes just stepping back and taking a breath helps.


J. Money March 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Haha it never stops :) But luckily blogging gets more fun over time too!


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