Those new fingerless mitten kits we were shouting about from the Hebridean Woolshed‘s rooftops? Well someone wanted to buy a pair (a pair of pairs, actually), but couldn’t.
PayPal button going awry. Unhelpful for all concerned.
I investigated …
It wasn’t just the button for the new kit. It was almost all Add to Cart buttons!
PayPal seem to have changed the way scripts are processed, so that some coding practices which before conveniently delivered an aesthetically pleasing layout – and was apparently acceptable to PayPal (after all, they worked!), are now not.
Not acceptable. And not working. Dysfunctional.
A whole load of time lost today: identifying the causes, exploring solutions, implementing, testing. A lovely sunny day outside – warming sun, scarce any breeze, the promise of spring – sometime. And I’m sat at my desk with curtains drawn to keep the light of the screen, furrowed brow, an intensifying headache …
Heaven only knows when the buttons started dysfunctioning. We don’t have the time to visit our own online shop under disguise and see if it does what it should. I do wonder sometimes whether we actually earn enough to justify the time on all this kind of thing. Well, we don’t earn enough anyway, so I guess that answers that question!
No, we don’t do what we do just to earn money. We do it because it has purpose and pleasure.
Ha-ha! I’ve finally worked out how to put a WordPress Follow button onto this self-hosted website. And got it to work! Now appearing in side-bar and footer. And just for the fun of it, here too. It also shows if you’re already following this website. Neat, eh!
Follow The Big Garden and Croft on WordPress.com
J just can’t seem to settle to anything at the moment. He’s floundering about, a lot of activity but no results. Other than that J is not comfortable to be with. He can’t cope with things hanging in mid air, not knowing how they will fall, when or if, or – when they do, things will be as they should. He likes linearity: problem > thinking > activity > solution. Preferably thinking-with-activity. The WordPress updating problem has not resolved. We’re now paying for support, but all that seems to have come of that is J hunched over a computer into the small hours tinkering with this and that, and no solution in sight. Apparently Priority Support is more of a brand than a promise.
It’s very frustrating and demoralizing to know that the observation, thought-taking, creativity, technical know-how (though just now that seem more know-not!) and sheer dedication that go into our blogs is simply ignored by the WordPress Reader’s Followed Sites view (which, increasingly, seems to be how most folk catch up with our blogs). It makes us feel it’s just not worth bothering.
Meanwhile, with my mother’s passing, there’s many things needing doing that are – truth be told – more pressing and more important than blogging. Yet it is certainly true that, at times like this, that our blog seems all the more important to us.