Abandon Ship! (or Abandon Website!)

“Abandon Ship!” was just about what I felt like doing with this blog this morning.

Having come back from a long-weekend Zen retreat in a beautiful Elizabethan manor house in the English Lake District, I was feeling really rather chilled.

My intention was to have a look at some photographs that I’d taken during the “free” time over the weekend accompanied a few calm and thoughtful words……

………However in my short absence, gremlins had  invaded my website.  I first found out that the email subscription button hadn’t been working for a while.  This led me to discover that no back-ups had been done, Jetpack and VaultPress were struggling to connect, my theme seemed to be corrupted ….and so on…..

So, drastic action required!

I first stripped the website back to the bare bones, uninstalling all the bells and whistles it had accumulated over the years. Following advice on various forums, I changed from Moesia Theme to basic Twenty Sixteen to try to isolate problems. This kind of worked but I didn’t like the look of it.

Then I changed the theme to Zerif Lite. I’m not sure how this will respond on all devices; in fact I’m not sure of anything.

I feel great affinity with the Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

So by way of a test, I’m posting this picture of an abandoned boat I saw on my way to the Retreat Centre.

It looks how I feel after EIGHT HOURS on  MacBook trying to fight my way back into cyberspace:

Abandon Ship!ship wreck, Ulverstone, Foulness Island, rust, beach, coastal, Roa Island

Abandon Ship! ©HelenBushe


If any of my fellow bloggers out there spot any glaring human errors, or have any advice to offer on how to best customise this theme, I’d be very grateful if you would sling it my way.

I feel sufficiently OddBall myself right now.   I’m split between the Calm Mindfulness of the weekend and the Utter Frustration of trying to get this website up and running again,  so will link to Cee’s Challenge:



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25 thoughts on “Abandon Ship! (or Abandon Website!)

  • I feel for you – I found after pulling my hair out and feeling like a rusty boat – do the following: Deactivate WP Cache, security plugins, etc. Then like a magic wand WordPress and JetPack shake hands, make nice, and you do a happy dance. Andrea

  • That’s quite a story Helen and I’m sorry your return from the break was met withsuch an issue. Sadly I’m reading the troubles you are having with a fear I may encounter something like this myself, I have so many ‘Dummies’ books and the like to get me on line I would really struggle if anything went wrong. I’m of no use in offering you any help, but instead, I will say ‘what a fabulous picture you have posted’ and hope you get your issues sorted soon :))

    • Whilst I enjoy a challenge, I do like it to end on a positive note after spending so many hours. If it all works Ill feel like I’ve enjoyed it. If it doesn’t then I’ll keep going anyway. At least Ive changed the look of the website.
      Good job I had a weekend of Mindfulness and meditation to prepare me. !
      I’ll have time to visit fellow bloggers posts once I’ve sorted this.

  • I’ve never been tempted to go down the self-hosting route, Helen. I’ve read many posts given great reasons why self-hosting is the way to go, and then I’ve read some real horror stories. I’ve just changed my blog’s theme, but I’m not self-hosted. I think a change of theme is very refreshing once in a while. I’ve also got into the habit of checking all the links on my blog at least once a month to ensure they work. It can be very time consuming, but is well worth all the work.

    • I do enjoy working on my website….as long as eventually I can achieve what I’m after. But am now waiting for Jetpack support to get back to me as SUBSCRIBE BUTTON is sending out confirmation emails only to those would-be followers who have an iCloud email address.
      Ah well. What better thing to do on a rainy afternoon

  • Looks all right from this end, Helen: I am really no good with IT stuff and I usually devolve into an ‘it’ when the midden hits the windmill, so advice I cannot offer.

  • I sympathise with you too Helen – I cannot give you any technical advice but I hope the zen stays with you and helps you put your blog together again Everything looks fine on my phone so far ☺

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