Over the Rainbow…

I did it.  My tech crew and I did it.  This has been an issue for so long I can’t remember when I didn’t have tech issues.  I had a lovely old fashion cry this afternoon, I haven’t done that in a long time.

Last Monday Pair Networks took on the job of moving my sites, both weaversew.com and daryllancaster.com, which are linked, to their hosting services.  I’ve needed to move off the hosting company I had for a long time but couldn’t until all the other items were in place.  Which they finally were.  I’ve been emailing back and forth between my personal tech support and their moving team, trying to figure out what they are talking about when they ask specific questions and very proud of my self when I figured it out and answered them.  All by myself!

Yesterday they had copied all the files from the website, the blog and the store and made up a dummy site that I could check before everything went live.  The website was pretty easy to run through, and the store as well.  There isn’t that much on them.  Links seemed to work, and photos for the most part went where they were supposed to go.  I did find a couple of errors that I never caught initially which I made a note to fix.  I also noted that my prospectuses needed serious updates.  They aren’t incorrect, they just aren’t current.  Add that to the list.  

But the blog.  My lovely life story.  I have almost 800 posts spanning just about 10 years.  There have been 46,000 comments and lots of views.  There is a counter at the bottom of each post to show how many people view a post.  Recent posts always give me a little thrill when the count goes over 1,000.  Which it eventually does.  I have about 600 subscribers, but a lot of people just view my posts on an RSS feed.  Occasionally I’ll get spikes in posts like the one from Cuba, where people share it with friends since it has nothing to do with weaving.  

I clicked on and skimmed over a little less than 800 posts over the last day and a half.  It was gut wrenching when I saw the ones where my husband passed, and the ones where we said goodbye to my son when he went off to boot camp, there is a lot of history there.  I often search my blog when I can’t remember when I did something or what I saw when I was there.  Like last night.  I watched the final episode of Project Runway All Stars, which is the only show I watch on TV, I adore it, and last night was no different.  I was rooting for all three finalists.  But one of the episodes this season took place at the Jewish Museum in Manhattan where the contestants toured an exhibit about Isaac Mizrahi.  I did a head scratch because I went to that exhibit.  It was fantastic.  But that exhibit ran between March and August 2016.  In fact I went to the exhibit 6 weeks after my husband died.  Which means that series of PR All Stars was shot in 2016.  I knew that because I did a blog search and there it was.

Anyway, as I went further back in the blog I started seeing some pretty respectable numbers of page views, most were in the 5,000 range.  I was blown away that anybody cared about what I did back in 2013.  Then I hit a couple that had 70,000 page views!

 

I kept going back and hit this one and nearly collapsed on the floor.  

Yeah, 123,000 pages views.  I’m going to guess that because I had keywords and people did searches that the site popped up.  They might not have actually stuck around and read the post, but for a brief moment let me bask in the love that 123,000 people saw my page.

Note to self, always add keywords to the metadata of each post…

It was almost anticlimactic when I saw this one at only 110,000 views.

 

So the move is finished.  I had my office assistant place a store order and all was working there.  And I got the FTP transfer information from Pair and by myself, all by myself, I changed the settings in Dreamweaver so I can just click on the little “put” arrow and any changes to my web pages and content will actually happen.  The speed was so fast I wasn’t sure anything actually happened.  But it did, and I burst into tears.  I did it.  Kevin, I did it.  I hope you are watching.  You said I’d figure it out, and with a lot of expensive help, I actually did it.  The final test of course is if this blog post gets to all of you, that it loads quickly without timing out, and that you all get your notifications.  The I’ll go off and have a well deserved celebratory glass of wine and pack for a lecture tomorrow in South Jersey. (In fact it did not go as planned, I couldn’t load images, I had to tweak some more things, talk to Pair tech support, and I’m going to try this again…)

Meanwhile…

I finished the jacket I started last week.  All of the handwork is done now, the photo still has pins everywhere.  I love this jacket.  I love the fabric  and can’t wait to weave more.  I searched my blog for a photo of the original yarn when I bought it on Bainbridge Island, WA back in 2016, I had only purchased two skeins, the ones on the left, but the dog ate one of them forcing me to purchase two more at full price from Yarn Barn of Kansas.  I was lucky.  I have four of a different colorway and I can’t wait to warp up a loom to use those skeins.  The yarn is Noro Taiyo Lace.  The warp was a 2 ply shetland, mill end from WEBS.

And I looked longingly at my shelves of stash, which my studio assistant has spent the better part of the last week organizing, refolding fabrics to keep the edges from fading in the light, and generally moving things around.  She pulled the bulky Krokbragd sampler I wove last spring in a Tom Knisley workshop with the Jockey Hollow Weavers Guild, and asked me where it should go.  I looked at it, re-looked at it and then did this…

I love this tote.   I love that I have things that make me happy and make me proud and make me just smile because life can be pretty dreary and depressing what with those proverbial handbaskets we are all traveling in and a spring that has seriously failed to launch…  (There was another dusting of snow this morning). All of my outdoor waterlines froze and ruptured over the winter, yes I drained them and blew air through them.  They all still ruptured.  The ponds are in terrible shape, the pumps are shot and if they do manage to go on, they blow the circuits in the house.  There is a lot of money going to be poured into the exterior again this spring. 

But for today, just for today, I did it.  I crossed over that rainbow into hopefully a smother future technologically and that Pair Networks will be way more reliable and responsive and the upgraded speed will be felt all around.

I love you all, thanks for your patience…  Stay tuned… 

Comments (25)

Nancy WeberApril 6th, 2018 at 5:12 pm

Congratulations on getting the transfer over to the new network. The jacket is lovely and I hope to see you wearing it at Convergence this summer! Hugs, Nancy

graceApril 6th, 2018 at 5:17 pm

Fabo Daryl! Just as you figure out textile snafus you figure out technical ones!!! Congratulations!

Ruth EllenApril 6th, 2018 at 5:22 pm

WAY TO GO!!!!! Congratulations!!! I can only imagine the work and trepidation… And, I’m so glad to see the older blog posts still accessible… I have revisited several of them over the years as I developed interest, first encountered you, and finally began weaving (and I’m one of those that forwarded the Cuba post, which is a place I aspire to visit). Love the jacket AND the bags!

Have a glass of wine and a WONDERFUL weekend! Ruth Ellen

JoAnne TuffnellApril 6th, 2018 at 5:27 pm

Always in awe of your creations…now in awe of your techie ability!

Meg WilsonApril 6th, 2018 at 5:36 pm

Too cool! I got it. It works. Now on to fun stuff.
I took a tassel class last week and it included a good citation for decorative closures, so I am about to make a lovely frog closure for a vest that I wove, and Fred and I lined (my very first lined garment and it is technically reversible!). Anyway, I can hear your voice in my head about giving handwoven the type of accoutrements that a handwoven deserves, so I am going to be making the frog out of a 7-strand cord that I braided from the same yarns as the warp. Onward! I may wear it at Convergence! See you there!! Meg

Peggy BowmanApril 6th, 2018 at 5:52 pm

So glad you have resurfaced. I’ve missed you! You just keep on amazing me with your resilience and persistence. You make me smile!!!!! Keep on keeping on.

Margaret BriggsApril 6th, 2018 at 5:58 pm

This post just makes me smile! I’m so happy for you, and that feeling of “I did it” is just the best!

Love the inspiration on using samples for something useful too!

JudyApril 6th, 2018 at 6:07 pm

I, too, watch Project Runway. I had picked a different winner but they were all very good. There certainly was a lot of talent exhibited. There is a lot of behind the scenes ‘stuff’ in the show with all the contestants and work…have a friend that was on the show. All of the finished products remain with the show.
So glad the computer is doing what you want.

Nina RuitApril 6th, 2018 at 6:45 pm

Mazel tov! I love your blog and am blown away by what you create. In my retirement I am just beginning to think about all the cool stuff I can weave and then use for sewing, and you are definitely inspiring. Have a great weekend, and so glad that your technology is getting sorted out.

Elizabeth EddyApril 6th, 2018 at 8:29 pm

OMG, the Tech stuff! Nightmares are made of it. Then comes your gorgeous jacket, and life feels good again, sane and beautiful. Thank you for sharing the Big Picture,

SheilaApril 6th, 2018 at 9:46 pm

Yay! You go girl!!

MimiApril 7th, 2018 at 12:45 am

I am in awe of bloggers in general, but most of all yours– it is wonderful. Detailed, heartfelt, and always interesting. Thanks for writing it. What a terrific way to document and share. So much more fun than Dear Diary!

Mary MargaretApril 7th, 2018 at 1:31 am

Got it without any trouble here in Tennessee, mostly that you did persist and you did it! Am always glad to follow your work and your words, i often think how grand that it does make you keep an excellent life review for your own remembering. But today mostly hurrah that you did persist and you did it! Now maybe I will go move from one computer to another. Thanks for the encouragement.

BethApril 7th, 2018 at 5:57 am

Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! Tech stuff drives me nuts. You’re fortunate to have such a reliable team. I can’t tell you just how much I admire you. Your talent and tenacity inspire me. Thank you for sharing!

SharoleneApril 7th, 2018 at 7:18 am

You did it. Fantastic! Such a trouper. You have overcome so much this last couple of years, this one not the least of them. You have persevered, overcome and conquered. You are my inspiration. Thank you for being you and for allowing us to share in your struggles and your triumphs. Your jacket is beautiful, as are you.

Linda HealeyApril 7th, 2018 at 8:05 am

Your joy and confidence comes through, as it should. Keep on keeping on and making time for yourself when you need it.

DeniseApril 7th, 2018 at 8:53 am

Go have that glass of wine! Technology is wonderful when it works! I have some Noro in my stash that I hadn’t decided what to do with yet . . .

MelissaApril 7th, 2018 at 9:02 am

I’ve been following for years, and remember those post, and your family feels like I know you as good neighbors. I am so excited about the tech celebration because it has been a issue you have struggled with for years! As to the frozen pipes and pumps….. it snowed again in Boston yesterday and we have lots of tree work$$$ to do after the winter. Thank goodness for fiber and it’s restoritive powers.

L BrandtApril 7th, 2018 at 9:33 am

Congratulations! Even if you had doudts,, there was never a doubt you would not accomplish what you set-out to do. You are an amazing, powerful, creative force and the definition of perseverance.

CharleneApril 7th, 2018 at 11:59 am

Good job!

Juli MachtApril 7th, 2018 at 8:58 pm

Congratulations! You never cease to amaze me!
I can’t say I look forward to your blog, however, I am always excited when I see it come up. I have been able to take a class with you in years,and yet, I feel as though I am current with your life through your blog. Thank you ever so much for all you give to the weaving community!

Lotus BakerApril 7th, 2018 at 9:40 pm

I got the email saying that the blog was up! So instead of hunting it up now and then, I’ll know when it is fresh! The vest is great as all your projects!

AngiApril 8th, 2018 at 10:15 am

The notification came. The link worked perfectly. The page loaded quickly and seamlessly. YOU did it, Indeed! Congratulations!!!

Rhonda from BaddeckApril 8th, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Hallelujah! What a huge load off your shoulders! It’s been a long, challenging journey, and you deserve a huge celebration. Brava, Daryl!

Betty HarrisApril 8th, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Congratulations, Darryl, on a successful change of servers! I have such admiration for you. You are an incredible weaver, seamstress, person.

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