Of “Like” Buttons and Pingbacks

WordPress seems to have fixed its recent glitches with the launch of version 4.1.

I upgraded this afternoon and the “Like” button, which had mysteriously disappeared from some (not all!) posts, is miraculously back.

I’m annoyed at this glitch because on the day that my blog gets the most hits (yesterday) the “Like” button wasn’t working.  So annoying!

Anyhow, the pingbacks are working now too! And for this I am happy.

What glitches, if any, did you experience with WordPress?

Aren’t spam comment annoying? This one took the whole cake!

I received a comment this week on my blog:

I see a lot of interesting articles on your website. You have to spend a lot of time writing, i know how to save you a lot of work, there is a tool that creates unique, google friendly posts in couple of minutes, just type in google  – laranita’s free content source.

So obviously spam disguised as not being spam. With 2 links, one to an old Blogger blog (last post in 2001) and the other I didn’t bother to go and look.

Akismet let this one through!

Now, if I have gone to the trouble of setting up a blog, put a decent theme on and join a blogging group like Sparky’s Blogging Challenge, why would I want to get a tool to write my posts for me?

It defeats the whole purpose of blogging doesn’t it?

Freshly Pressed Wannabe

WordPress's daily prompt today - Recently AcquiredWhat’s the most important (or interesting, or unexpected) thing about blogging you know today that you didn’t know a month ago?

Well, what I didn’t know a month ago I still don’t know.

I’m still baffled about how to get featured in the illusive Freshly Pressed – I’m starting to think it doesn’t really exist…in reality…really.

I’ve read all the articles, read all those who’ve been featured, and they’re really great.

I mean I’ve ALSO written SO many great posts and NOT one has featured



Summertime Christmas Season

It’s summer in the southern hemisphere, how joyous!

Who knew that there were so many shades of green?

The kale and the spinach is flourishing. The pool invites. Storm clouds bring on afternoon thunderstorms only to move on, revealing blue skies once again.

It may sound strange to those living in the northern hemisphere but this is the season that I associate with Christmas. The trees are being decorated, Christmas carols play on the radio, and yet it is sweltering outside.

The turkey will be stuffed and presents placed around the tree. The customary thunderstorm will in all likelihood bless Christmas Day.

Dads in full Santa Claus costume will hand out the presents, and complain of how hot it is in the heavy red coat and white beard.

The smells of braai’ing meat will waft in the evening breeze.

I will see the photos of snow and blizzards posted on Facebook by my friends and family in the north.

Despite the differences in the season, it is above all a time for family the world over.

That is what I am most looking forward to.


All I want for Christmas is…

The “Plaas en Dorp” (“Farm and Town”) newsletter was dropped in our mailbox this week advertising Friday’s night market to be held in Heidelberg, a small town about 30 kms from where we live.

It is written mostly in Afrikaans and one article caught my eye. Titled “Mevrou se Wens Lys…” (The Lady’s Wishlist”), it is a list for the ladies to mark and leave lying around the house for the gents to find. All he needs to do is take note of the selection and surprise his lady.

Here is the list:

  • A necklace
  • A pendant
  • A bed side lamp
  • Diamond earrings
  • White gold necklace
  • White gold bangle
  • Big red handbag
  • Black south sea pearls
  • A Michel Herbelin watch
  • A house by the sea
  • A Greek island holiday
  • A small pack of tissues
  • A big surprise
  • A Greek island
  • I will be happy to get anything
  • Diamond ring
  • Another diamond ring
  • Any ring with a diamond
  • Any watch
  • A hanger with my name on
  • An antique chair
  • A glass cake dome
  • Just the diamond – you can get the ring I choose later
  • A blue Porsche
  • Just a 1 carat diamond
  • Ok, a 2 carat diamond
  • You know I want a 3 carat diamond
  • Your wallet for a day

I have not yet ventured to the malls to get Christmas presents. At some point this month I will need to. Perhaps I should leave a list such as this one lying around so that I do not have to agonise over what to buy for my family.

I wonder if anyone would like a blue Porsche…

Named after the Greek god Proteus who could change form. There are many species of Protea.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Converge

A strip of tarmac following the contours of the landscape like a serpent, converging in the far distance.

Road from Hosea Kutako airport to Windhoek
Road from Hosea Kutako airport to Windhoek

 South Africa’s national flower, the Protea’s pink petals form around the bud converging to the tip.

Named after the Greek god Proteus who could change form. There are many species of Protea.
Named after the Greek god Proteus who could change form. There are many species of Protea.
Contribution to WordPress's weekly photo challenge, with the theme of Converge. Click here to see other contributions.
Spiral staircase - Library at the South African Parliament buildings in Cape Town

Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent – Political Spirals

The spiral staircase in the library of the South African Parliament buildings is simply magnificent!

I had the opportunity to visit the South African Parliament buildings in Cape Town last year. One of my favourite spots was the library. It smelt of wood and books and knowledge and history. I loved it!

The spiral staircase tucked away in a  corner was simply one of its best features.

Spiral staircase - Library at the South African Parliament buildings in Cape Town
Spiral staircase – Library at the South African Parliament buildings in Cape Town
Weekly WordPress photo challenge: interpretation of Descent. Click here for other entries into this week's challenge.

Blogless week…

…that was last week. So much to do, so little time, so blogging took a back seat.

It was a week of new experiences, spending time with fellow professionals I like and respect and a visiting a  much-loved place.

On Sunday I flew in to Cape Town and spent the day at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the most beautiful places I know and love. I cannot get enough of it. I have visited a few times and there is still so much left to explore. I cannot wait to go back.

On Monday I did a talk at the Scrum User Group conference – this was a new experience for me. I am used to speaking in public – for entertainment purposes. This was different because it was an industry talk. I learnt that I am more terrified speaking in front of people, some of which I know, than 500 strangers.

Gimme MC’ing an event full of 500 strangers any day.

Forward in to the new week and blogging once again.

Welcome to my personal blog. I write about a lot of different things so if you like eclectic then you'll like being here. Sometimes I'm #justsaying.


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