Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Link Problems

Every Saturday night I check to make sure that the OSI post has published properly and that Mr. Linky is working. I miss a few nights. Once, a chicken was squawking outside the garage at midnight and I had to run out and see why. There was a fisher cat in the barn and the hen had escaped its clutches. But it took two hours to make sure the chickens were secure again, to make sure the fisher cat was back up on the mountain, and to get that girl back to bed. Returning to the computer, I found problems with Mr. Linky at 2 AM that night and had to stay up even later to fix it!

Last night I saw that Mr. Linky wasn't working and that the OSI blog was loading extremely slowly. I knew the loading problems were caused by Mr. Linky. But often these problems clear up overnight, so I went to bed confident that all would be well.

All is not well, as you can see. I've reached the end of my patience with Mr. Linky. I pay for their service and have been loyal. Their tech support is quick and good. But the problems continue and I don't want to deal with problems when there are other linking services that don't seem to have problems.

Therefore, without even consulting Sandy, I will be switching to, which is the same linking service used by SkyWatch, Haiku Heights, and other memes. The change over may be messy. I hope you continue to have patience with the change over and with me. I want your links to be quick and easy to input and I want them available all the time to other readers. I never want you to feel frustrated or have you return again and again and attempt to input your link.

I am going to put inlinkz on today's Prompt 129: Beginning starting right now. I will add each of you manually. But I will be putting your e-mail addresses as Be sure that you update and fix this next week in your link. I will also choose an iconic graphic from your blog to identify your link. The page will continue to load slowly until I can delete the Mr. Linky script. I won't be able to delete that script until I have completed entering your links from your e-mails. Please be patient and hang in here with us! I should've done this change over months ago and I apologize for not doing so. I am skipping church and will sit with this until it is fixed.

Please put any new links into the inlinkz widget (the blue button under Mr. Linky). OR you can simply put your link URL in a comment text field. Thank you!

Best wishes —

Our problems are fixed! We have inlinz now and it works beautifully.
Just be sure that next week you make sure your URL and e-mail are correct.
Thank you
so much!!


  1. Sorry to hear about the difficulties. :\ If we've not yet posted a link, should we just wait until the new thing is up?

  2. Please input new links into the inlinkz widget (the one with the blue button under Mr. Linky. And thank you!

  3. Yes, thanks! And sorry to keep bothering, but... how do we get an iconic picture rather than a default logo? :)

  4. Thanks Andree, for going into so much trouble. I truly appreciate it.

  5. Well, thank you everybody! It does warm my heart. By iconic, I meant something that would be identified with you instead of your specific post. I found that was not possible because some of you have no images on your blog. Others have images that are not of them. So I just chose what I felt best at the time. In the case of you, constellations, with no image, I used the URL of the OSI badge image. You have a choice from inlinkz of using an image on the post, directly from a URL, or to upload an image. I have to look into that upload option. Would you use the uploaded image in the future and only upload once? That would be neat!

  6. Hi Andrée - I love my wife Kathy, and enjoy nothing more than looking at her beautiful face -- but I don't want her impersonating me, so I hope next time I post I can get my photo up... ;)

    Image & Verse

  7. I am confused....I don't know where I am supposed to put my response to your prompt? So I will put it here.

    Can sometimes
    Be false starts,

    Cross out,
    No go back,

    Not all beginnings
    Lead to the proper

  8. You and Sandy rock! All the work that goes into OSI running smoothly, most appreciated. I like the new look, great idea to have a blog photo included. Mr. Linky been a bad boy for the last time at OSI. ;<)

    Hugs, G

  9. Love the new link with the pictures etc. but everytime I enter mine, a little red x shows up next to my name and picture. Is this normal, or does the universe really have it out for me?

  10. Hi Carina: no, you are doing fine. That red x allows you to delete yourself if you wish. Nobody else except you sees your red x. Everybody has their own individual red x. Except for me and Sandy! We get everybody's little red xes!

    Thank you for joining us!