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Yes, Via Negativa is back, thanks to these folks. Man, I love the WordPress community. Splitting my WordPress export file into small enough pieces to import allows me to start anew with a fresh installation, which is what I most wanted to do.

Not all functionality is back yet. For example, I’m trying a new audio player for the podcast which should display on mobile devices (it uses HTML5 with fallback to Flash in browsers that don’t support it), and I need to go through and stick the code in each episode. I need to rebuild a links page, and decide how to do Smorgasblog. I seem to have lost all those posts in the move, so this would be a good time to start over with a new system, maybe. I am still not ruling out a move to the reservation, but so far this web host seems considerably less Wild West than my last one. I’m impressed by their extensive documentation on everything, and their apparently more flexible and tolerant attitude toward sites that run too hot. Well, we’ll see about that.

I have lost the last three weeks of comments, which included, among other things, this gem by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, in response to my post “After Dark“:

I’d arrive at rehearsals bearing my cicada-moulted shell in a tissue-lined matchbox. (Who needs a Stradivarius? I travel light!) There would be but a single note got from it before it crumpled in exhaustion, but that would be a note of such supernatural perfection coming at the climax of the concert, that thereafter audiences would just file silently away, knowing that there would never be anything as beautiful in their lives again. Sigh.

(Fortunately, I subscribe to the comments feed, so I still have the texts of all your lovely comments. But I’m not quite dedicated enough to go import them all by hand, which would include putting in the proper email and web address for each.)

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  1. I’m so touched to have been rescued.

    That is a perfect example of what I get up to when avoiding difficult issues at the easel!


    1. Writers of a more competitive bent than me should be grateful that you mostly stay chained to the easel, Clive. If you ever decided to take up creative writing in earnest, you’d be unstoppable, I’m sure.


    1. Thanks, Nic. “Approaching stability” — that’s just about the kindest think anyone’s ever said of me! :)


  2. Welcome back. These bits of unexpected tech support are never fun, are they.


    1. Thanks. Understatement of the week.


  3. What a great anthem for VN! Love the Hayseed Dixie cover.

    And that your content is (mostly) back.



    1. Yeah, they’re a fun band, aren’t they? Unfortunately, the one live version of this I found was pretty poor-quality.


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