This Is An Amended Post

15 Feb

free counters

Because it wasn’t meant to be a post at all. 

I read Sarsm‘s post with excitement this morning, because I have always wanted one of these flag counters on my blog.  ‘It’s all straight forward enough’ she assured me, bless her heart. 

Of course it wasn’t: she didn’t know the greatest technept in the world was about to mangle it.  I don’t know how to make the email contact details whateveryoucallit so that you can click on it to contact me instead of having to copy _ ) ( * where is the stupid plus sign on this stupid foreign keyboard!!? copy + paste my email address.  I have outdated widgets on my right; and I would love to add the postaday2011 widget to my blog but I can’t get the hang of it, despite following the WordPress instructions to the letter.

By the way, you might come across this post while I’m halfway through updating and it won’t make much sense: that’s because I had forgotten it was a published post and when I went to save there was no ‘save’ button so I used ‘update’ and, despite the fact that this is post number 667, it was only then I realised that the published post would be amended publicly.  Furthermore, if you are unfortunate enough to be reading this now, you get to see the magic in action as I fix spellings, change font colours, rearrange sentences.  Like sausages and laws, laughinghousewife posts should not be viewed in the making.  I can only apologise.  Because I certainly can’t work a blog.

I obeyed Sarsm and clicked on her flag counter.  I was taken to a page that should have been dressed as a cartoon witch because it curled its elongated crone fingers at me and crooned, ‘Get yours!’  Taking one careful step at a time, I did.

The result was an email in my inbox: ‘[New post]thelaughinghousewife’.  Yes, I subscribe to my own blog.  I don’t want to miss anything.  You’re mocking now but I have been proven (and in this blog that’s pronounced ‘proo-ven’, not the fancy-schmancy BBC ‘pro-ven’ that does my ‘ead in) right: how else would I have discovered that the Flag Counter people sent my flag counter in a new post?

That’s right: I have my very own flag counter.  Not on the right, under my ancient widgets, inflated blog roll and stats; but in a post.  A post I am going to have to find every time I want to check flags.  Fine for the next week or even month; but after that?  I’m up to three posts a day: you do the math.  And while you’re at it, tell me this: what have Americans got against the letter ‘s’?

To increase my already massive frustration (be glad if you’ve come late to this post because all pretend expletives have by now been deleted), I have to enable Publicize Yahoo!, Facebook and Twitter again; and change my password.  That took me forty minutes because I couldn’t figure out where to do it so I reverted to my tried and trusted method of click everything until something looks useful.

I have just heaved the most massive sigh and you know why?  As I’ve been updating this post, the flag counter has been updating the number of views and it’s wrong: as of this moment I have had 106 page views, according to the flag counter; but only 46 hits. 

I broke the flag counter.  Which has reciprocated by breaking me.  This is thelaughinghousewife signing off for the final time: I’m off to India to be recycled as a washing machine.


21 Responses to “This Is An Amended Post”

  1. earlybird February 15, 2011 at 11:05 #

    I love it! I’m afraid I’ve now got one too…


    • Tilly Bud February 15, 2011 at 15:55 #

      I know; I’m afraid I’m not talking to you any more 🙂


  2. sarsm February 15, 2011 at 11:17 #

    Oh no!!! I have really no idea how to fix this!! But my hubby is a computer genius, so I can have a word when he comes home.

    Sorry I had to laugh a bit because I mess up so many computer things (I completely understand your frustration).

    Earlybird just kindly told me how to do the spacing properly on my poems. 22 poems later… The 23rd will have the correct spacing though 😉


    • Tilly Bud February 15, 2011 at 15:56 #

      Don’t worry, Tory Boy is going to look at it later. Can’t quite believe I managed to stick it into a post, though. I’m so bad I’m good.

      Don’t you love the people on the internet who help us with things like this and that?


      • sarsm February 15, 2011 at 16:32 #

        I hope you get it sorted. It’s totally cool. Although somewhat time consuming, I have been obsessing over mine all day. Kids are having a ‘live’ geography lesson.

        And I love people who help me on the internet, or in the street or in the supermarket…


  3. vivinfrance February 15, 2011 at 11:54 #

    You wha…? Please tell me what is a flag counter and how do you change font and colours? I’m completely bumfoozled by this post.


    • Tilly Bud February 15, 2011 at 16:00 #

      A flag counter counts the visits from different countries to your site. There’s a beautiful example of one nestled at the top of this post when it should be in my sidebar.

      I can’t change font yet but there’s a button for colours, but you may not have it. I didn’t at first and then I lost everything and went crying to the WP techies for help and when it reappeared there were extra goodies like colours.

      So my advice is to cock-up on a grand scale and sob on the shoulder of a techie. It’s a recipe that works for me.


  4. kolembo February 15, 2011 at 12:47 #

    haha! Tried this one once, straight off the internet no less, and ended up with a headache. If you figure it out, let me know. I like the nationalities.


  5. granny1947 February 15, 2011 at 13:26 #

    It is so refreshing to meet another technically challenged blogger.
    I would love a flag counter but I shall not even attempt it.
    I shall call a friend. 🙂


  6. libraryscene February 15, 2011 at 13:46 #

    So glad to read that I’m not the only one who just looks, sighs, and mutters at the amount it takes to update, refresh or change a widget/blog style! I question my sanity when it is for a project that mostly amuses moi!;)
    (btw..(i whisper) I’m American, what with the “s”?)


    • Tilly Bud February 15, 2011 at 14:55 #

      Don’t worry, I’m a Yankophile! I love Americans. We say ‘maths’ not ‘math’.


      • Tilly Bud February 15, 2011 at 16:02 #

        BTW – you proved my point for me: did you see you left off an ‘s’ in your last line? 🙂

        You’re going to fit right in here 🙂


  7. Patti February 15, 2011 at 15:04 #

    I tried to add something similar the other day – my results weren’t as dramatic, but I couldn’t get it to work either. I like the image of the witchy fingers – I think it’s realistic for some programs.


    • Tilly Bud February 15, 2011 at 15:45 #

      If I get it going – o how I love a good joke: if I get it going – I’ll share my secret. I suspect it will be something along the lines of: Here’s how – get Tory Boy on the case.


  8. slpmartin February 15, 2011 at 20:20 #

    Haven’t tried the flag counter….so was glad to hear of your efforts. 🙂


  9. musings February 16, 2011 at 02:42 #

    It took me a couple of tries to get this going, too. It makes me crazy. I’m not sure I understand or believe how the counting goes though. I have a counter that is also supposed to count how many hits I’ve had… I don’t believe it.


  10. Cindy February 17, 2011 at 06:23 #

    Not even going to try …


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