Saturday, November 10, 2007

Where is the Panic Button?!?!?

I am enjoying the new peaceful colors of this blog.

The peace that follows panic is often replenishing...

You see, I have been longing for a blog makeover for awhile now. The professional I enlisted was unable to help me...I don't know why...she went dark...

So after waiting for about 4 months, I had to do something about the pink.

I had received some wise advice on template changing from friends. The email from Ike with the steps to follow has been sitting in my inbox since...January.

I fully trusted his directives...it was the phrase "hit the delete button..." that gave me pause. Nine months of pause.

I am quite the risk taker.

I do not fare well with computer-ese. What should work correctly everytime...will suddenly find exception with me. It's like a law of the universe, or something.

Now, despite, my cautious, hesitant tendencies...there are certain circumstances that will drive me to take a risk...

Apparently, pink is one of those "circumstances." I needed to change the color. Badly.

So, one night last week....I took the plunge. I read and re-read Ike's email for the billionth time. I cut and pasted and saved and backed stuff up---

Then, with a huge deep breath and many, many prayers... I. Hit. Delete.

Faster than a you can say "I'm a techno wizard!" I pasted my new template into the proper box and hit "view blog".

Nothing. Blank page. Emptiness.

I took a deep breath and hit Refresh.

Nothing.

Yes, dearest blogland buddies....my blog was gone. Or at least it appeared that way.

I began to hyperventilate. My heart rate and blood pressure were rising at an alarming speed. My blog had disappeared.

Except...I had followed the rules. The rules of Ike. My original template was neatly tucked away in Word...just waiting to save the day.

I cut and pasted some more and in one blissful moment...the Pink Splendor reappeared with all the thoughts and words completely intact.

I desperately needed to give someone a high five at this point...but my family was sleeping like angels....it was 2 AM.

After all that excitement, I would normally have left well enough alone.

But I REALLY wanted to get rid of the pink. So... I branched out. Off the Rules of Ike. Without a genius help line.

My blog remodel required a template upgrade...which is why the first plan didn't work. I think.

After all, I am no computer genius. I can't reconfigure, or triangulate or "hack"...

But I do know that the subtle Green of the background goes well with the Burgundy, Plum and Sage Fonts...

We know what we know, folks.

And I know I am elated to have a color change for now.

I hope you enjoy it too!

8 comments:

Tracey Ries said...

I was actually wondering what had happened to your "new and improved" blog by that lady! Ha! I do like the new soothing colors, I'm glad you took the plunge.

Procters said...

The computer skills gene that our wonderful Dad has must not have passed on to either of us. I'm still trying to figure out how to post a picture. Wade showed me how once...

Cathy said...

I really like the new colors too. The only thing worse than actually hitting the "delete" button is when the computer then asks "are you sure you want to do this?" and you have to say yes and hit enter again! You're ahead of me, I still don't have a blog and some people consider me quite an expert in computers. I really enjoy reading news from you and the family. It's the first place I "click" when I go online.

Randy & Kelly Vaughn said...

I love your new look!
I can't wait to hear when you receive your Amy Grant book! The lady at the post office said it would arrive in 2 weeks but I know better!

Ike Graul said...

Well, I'm sorry that things didn't go as smoothly as we had hoped. You handled the unexpected like a pro, but you are always welcome to use the hotline when necessary.

Anonymous said...

I need a panic button more often than not! Our FQ Uganda team is getting very excited about coming to work with you. I have a few questions for you - do you have your own e-mail address or should I send it through Jeff? God bless you!

Wendy Goodyear
wagoodyear@gmail.com

Trisha said...

You are so good--resourceful and undaunted!

Love the soothing green. Pink is nice too, though! (I'm always a fan of pink!) Mostly love to hear from you!

Campbell Family said...

I love the new look. Congratulations on figuring out how to get rid of the pink! -- Laura