Comment Troubleshooting and Be Real Shoe Giveaway winner!

There was supposed to be an actual "real" post coming later today, after these two housekeeping matters.

But after so many years of smugly proclaiming "I never get sick!"... well, you know that had to come back and bite me in the ass.

I seem to have caught something unpleasant, probably just a cold, but with a weirder and meaner variety of symptoms than I usually associate with a cold.

Or perhaps it's all in my head. The Lobster's been sick too and I could just be super-suggestible.

But nah, I'm pretty sure this f--cker is real.  The coughing and other forms of distress robbed me of much-needed sleep last night and I feel like crap.

(As you may have noticed, many people who rarely get sick tend to be extra whiny and martyred when it does happen. We know we are being pathetic but are powerless to behave like grownups).

In any event, my brain does not seem up for taking the scattered ideas and photos from the weekend and turning them into anything resembling a blog post.  I'm thinking I may crawl back into bed soon.  Sorry!

But lets take care of business first, shall we?

1. Comment Problems, Acck!

For months now, people have been reporting that they've tried to leave comments and haven't been able to.

This pains me greatly!  I LOVE LOVE LOVE your comments! I am a total comment-whore and will do anything and everything I can, short of writing interesting blog posts, to encourage people to leave their thoughts. So the notion that some people are trying to but can't makes me want to sob.

So let's do some preliminary troubleshooting, shall we?

Cowgirl Pin-up: Zellaby 

First up, I read somewhere that using "embedded" comments on blogger rather than having them open up as a separate page was particularly troublesome, so I changed that function over the weekend. And then I discovered that it removes the "reply" function, and everyone's replies get dumped back to the order in which they came chronologically, making for a chaotic and nonsensical "conversation."

So screw that.

Another thing I read that was outdated browsers can cause problems, as can browsing while blocking 3rd party cookies.  At least in Chrome you can decide that on a site by site basis, I don't know about other browsers.

I believe iPad and iPhone people are most affected by this problem. Sorry iPeople!

So here's the deal: if anyone is having problems, and you've got an updated browser, and are allowing 3rd party cookies on this site, please email your comments to crabby mcslacker at gmail dot com, with the name you'd like to post as, and I will post them for you. Possibly not in a timely fashion, but they'll get there eventually.

Unless you're a spammer, in which case I will delete. Or I may change your URL to a competitors, just for kicks.

If you do email me your comments, or if you've been having sporadic problems, if you wouldn't mind letting me know what kind of computer operating system and web browser you're using, that would be helpful info if I have to bring in the big guns to fix this.

If your problems are sporadic, you might try copying before you post, and if it doesn't make it, you can paste into an email to me.

So sorry about this!  Blogger/Blogspot totally sucks sometimes!

And now, onto the the Be Real Minimalist shoe winner!

The winner is...

OutSmart the Fat!

Note: if you're curious about these shoes and missed it, last week there was a Be Real Minimalist Shoe Review you could check out.

And by the way, I try not to comment too much on giveaway posts but it was hard! There were some awesome fun and funny comments that appeared therein. THANK YOU ALL!!!

OK, crawling back into bed for the moment but will be back later today to check in.

Comment troubles?  Are you or any loved ones under the weather? Or how was your weekend?

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