I’m going to leave this post here as a reminder to myself to stop jumping to conclusions. And also, I should STOP WORRYING! Update 2 after the post below will explain.
I miss the old days, when all I had online was a blog, and I didn’t know there was anything else to do.
Now I have this blog, the other one (Loneliest Island Outpost), and a Pinboard account, and I know it’s not enough. And I’ve started worrying about the feasibility of keeping these blogs, if “feasibility” is the right word, and frankly, now I don’t care if it isn’t.
This morning I’ve tried three times to load this “Add New Post” page, each time getting just a blank screen before I give up and start again. On the third attempt I decided to just let it run, however long it takes, until the page has loaded fully. And I’m timing it with the stopwatch on my phone.
At about 3 minutes I could start typing in the text box, but now at 10 minutes the page is still loading (I still don’t have the icons for adding media and there’s no menu for adding links or formatting and whatnot – the page is waiting and waiting and waiting for s1.wp.com).
I have a dial-up connection, so all pages everywhere take a long time to load, but over the last few months the pages here have taken longer than anywhere else. And now Posterous users are moving in (if you haven’t seen the news, Twitter bought Posterous as a talent aquisition, which makes it likely that the blogs there will one day not be available any more, and those users will need to find somewhere else to go).
As WordPress gets bigger, maybe that makes it more likely it will survive long-term. I guess that’s the way it works. But that doesn’t mean the site will be usable for me.
This page is still loading and I still don’t have a way to add formatting or media or a link. We’re at 15 minutes 45 seconds right now, and I’m sick of waiting.
… I tried to add a tag, and can’t do that either. For my next trick, I’ll click Publish and hope it works. We’re currently at 17 minutes 18 seconds.
… And while I was editing the post before hitting Publish, the page finished loading! Yay! 19 minutes 50 seconds! Maybe today is a bad day to have run this little test (maybe all the Posterous imports are putting an unexpected strain on the place), but I guess that’s my point, too. None of us knows what’s going to happen next. Every time another blogging site fails or falls, this one will be picking up the refugees. Can it handle the strain? I don’t know, obviously. But that’s what I’m worried about. I’m thinking it’s probably better if I spread my online activities a little wider, so there’s always at least one place I can go.
Shortly after publishing this post, I realised I’d been downloading Windows updates at the same time as running this test for page-load time. After the updates had finished, I tried loading a WordPress “Add New Post” again, and hey! At the first attempt, I hit the wrong button on the phone’s stopwatch and didn’t get a result! Second attempt: 19 seconds! That’s first class, five stars, excellent!
So, I’m very sorry for casting aspersions against WordPress’s ability to handle page loading. The problem is not them, it’s me. I’ve really got to stop being such an idiot.