About Me

Twenty years ago I asked a Tarot card reader what would I be doing when I was 50. She replied, “I see you doing something so wildly creative, it defies a job title.” Only recently did I realize that was a slick way of saying, “I have no idea of what you’ll be doing.” But that prediction kept me charging ahead to the fifties with zeal and anticipation. Now that the future is today, I’m ready for anything!

The Blogger's Serenity Prayer

Okay, so I'm tearing my hair out trying to navigate my blog migration. Feeling like my Webmaster abilities mirror the carpentry skills of Alf and Ralph Monroe. Wondering if I should try to fix the misconnects on my own. Or would I make things worse, and just tell Google, "Here, fix this."

Then these words came to me. And serenity prevailed.

Google, grant me the strength 
to change the HTML you cannot accept,
The serenity to accept the 
Page Not Founds you cannot change,
And the wisdom to know the difference.

The actual Serenity Prayer is best known for its importance in Twelve Step recovery. The Twelve Steps start with admitting powerlessness over a cunning and baffling opponent—in my case, Web technology. But all around I found helpful, knowledgable people who were eager to lend support because they were once in the same position I was. They empowered me to keep going: to try and fix the faulty HTML, to not obsess over irrevocably deleted pages, but take note of what to do next time and move on. It's working.

Thank you to all, especially Classical Bookworm, who generously shared her self-taught migration expertise;  Nitecruzr, a Blogger rock star; and the enthusiastically supportive Blogging Mastermind Comment Tribe on Facebook.

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  1. Good luck with your migration! I'm from the Commenting Tribe and I am here to show some support. Hopefully the worst is almost over : )

  2. Hi Karla! Thanks for your support and good wishes!

    I’ve written extensively about addiction recovery, and was struck by the similarity of blogging and Twelve Step support groups. The problem never really goes away, but you learn to control it with the help of others’ experience, strength, and wisdom. Like the Tribe’s! :=)

  3. I giggled about it when you posted, I am giggling now. We'll get through this together! :D

  4. Hey Susan:
    I'm happy that your 'vibrant' self found a way to be happy in the midst of your blog migration challenges. You're lucky for the wonderful people you surrounded yourself with - who provided you necessary guides to get stuff fixed.

    You are a conqueror over 'HTML and Page Not Found errors'. Your blog is rocking on!

  5. Tori, Stella, what were some of the experiences you had in your early days?

    You're right, Tori, we'll get through. And it's more bearable if we giggle!



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