This morning, after a month-long absence from blogging, I had an epiphany. It has been too long since I did any writing just for fun. So, I asked myself, why not purchase the premium upgrade to get rid of crappy ads and jazz up the site with some customized fonts?

Oh, and while I’m at it, go ahead and write a post today?

I had a great idea for a come back post, with a fun title even. “No Excuses Aloud (sp), Only Written Ones.” So, I logged in to WP, and low and behold I discovered my blog still exists! Howevah, I could not purchase the premium upgrade. It is not available. This made me curious. What is going on here? WP doesn’t want my money? Have I been banned from blogging due to using #ADSBELOWTHISPOSTARENOTENDORSEDBYTHISBLOGGER at the end of my posts? Thought to be dead due to inactivity?

What gives with this “upgrade unavailable for HonieBriggs.com” business?

So, I send these words out into the ether in hopes that I’ve not been deleted from the blogosphere, left only with the shell of a blog now abandoned by all of its dear readers.

Happy Springtime to anyone out there still reading.



34 thoughts on “What Has Happened To My Blog? OR Hey WP, What Gives?

  1. artsifrtsy says:

    Hi Steph! I have been MIA for a while myself. Good to see a post in my inbox. I have been working on writing something for fun in my spare time – so far this year I have written three paragraphs. When did life get so busy?

  2. acflory says:

    Welcome back! And sadly I have no idea what’s going on as I only use the garden variety wordpress.com version. That said, I adore the pic of the red leaves. Obviously new, spring growth but of what? Maple?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Ahh, Meeks! The pic is of the burgundy heart Redbud. Native to Texas. It is deciduous, but has gorgeous blooms in the spring and deep purple foliage in the spring. Everything is in bloom here. I will have dirt under my nails until July! Garden variety wordpress, HA, that is just what I have too. Was looking to upgrade, but am rethinking that just now.

      1. acflory says:

        oh thanks for that Honie. I’ll have a look at our local nurseries to see if anyone’s brought it in. I think climate wise we’re not that different to Texas… maybe.

  3. Honor, I’m still here… And I’m pretty sure some platforms (not the right word, but the right one escapes me now) don’t have upgrades. So you could change that AND upgrade… 😉

  4. Still here! Noticed you’d been gone. 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      I’m so happy that you did.

  5. Helen Ross says:

    Hi Honie. Glad to see you back even if it is only temporary (yes, I read the above comments). Your wit always makes me smile. Hope all is well in your world.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      You are probably getting ready for autumn. While here, we are bracing for an El Niño kind of summer. Wild times ahead! Your comments always make me smile, Helen.

      1. Helen Ross says:

        Yes, we are heading into Autumn but you wouldn’t really know it living in Brisbane, Queensland. Still feels like summer though it was cooler today. YAY! Brace yourself for your El Nino summer.

  6. Change sucks it big time…that’s all I have for you, oh and hello..nice to see you hanging around 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Oh, hello. Change: It’s what happens when you let your guard down!

  7. Lyle Krahn says:

    I always like it when good bloggers are left for hmm dead sounds a little too dramatic, but anyway, they come back. Welcome and good to see you. Assuming you haven’t lost your sense of humour, is it OK for to chuckle at the irony of the person who complains the most about the ads can’t even pay their way out of them?

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Laughing Loudly, Lyle! The irony is not lost on me. Just call me road kill on the information not-so-superhighway.

      1. Lyle Krahn says:

        I learned last week that I was a digital immigrant. That helped put it all in perspective.

  8. I also use the old posting format. It’s not that I’m averse to change…’scuse me a second, I think I hear my wife LAUGHING in the background…ahem.

    Where was I?

    Doesn’t matter. Welcome back. Your words are still finding an audience on the west coast, at least.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Mr. Petruska! How the heck are ya? Yeah, wouldn’t it be nice if there was an opt out button on “style” updates? We could just keep cruising around in our old slippers and ratty bathrobes in comfort. But no, WP hides our keys and says, “Here, take this, you bloggers!”

  9. Hello! WP has been fiddling with all sorts of stuff (Reader isn’t showing many blogs you are following…you do wonder if they aren’t discriminating or experimenting or just tormenting bloggers on a whim at times.)
    I’m planning to go ads free shortly, so will be interested in what you find out about upgrades.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hello! Fiddling, tweaking, don’t they have anything better to do? For a short while I was getting a little chat box in the corner when I logged in. That would be nice today. The search term “premium upgrade not available for my site” yielded nothing useful.

      1. Sigh. Once there were dreams of simply writing and blogging without worry.

        1. Honie Briggs says:

          Yes, the days of click and play are gone. Now it’s click…buffering…still buffering…sorry for any inconvenience…still buffering…page not found…

  10. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’m still here and I’m still reading. 🙂

    WP has made a lot of changes. I still use the old posting format though. I’ve heard so many complaints about the new format, I don’t dare switch to it. I suppose someday I’ll have to. The old one will just probably disappear.

    Hope you’re doing well and that you’re fully recovered from your surgery.

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Change sucks! I cannot keep up with every new & improved bell and whistle those happiness engineers come up with. I guess it’s true what they say, change or get pummeled to death by progress. Recovery is mostly complete. I still have moments of anesthesia brain. That’s what I’m calling it anyway.

      1. Carrie Rubin says:

        That’s a good name for it. The effects of anesthesia can linger for weeks.

    2. Honie Briggs says:

      Oh, so not months? I need a new excuse. 🙂

      1. Carrie Rubin says:

        Haha, well weeks turn into months. 🙂

  11. I have no insights to offer regarding WP, but I am glad to see you’ve returned!

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s a mystery. I’ve been searching around for an answer in the WP forums, but frankly I’m a little sick of researching answers these days. I so miss the old days when if you had something to say to the world all you had to do was sleep with a president. HA! Kidding, of course. Blogging is the new scandalous affair.

  12. Glad you’ve resurfaced 🙂

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      It’s only temporary I’m sorry to say. I decided to give myself a break from research papers today.

  13. I am still here too and glad that you are

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hi, LouAnn. Nice to see you.

  14. Allan G. Smorra says:

    You are still here and have been missed, Stephanie. Maybe they no longer support your particular theme? Ω

    1. Honie Briggs says:

      Hmm…I suppose I should check on that in my spare time. Thanks for sticking around, Allan. I have missed being here (and there).

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