RSS Feed Fixed

Oh, now this is interesting. I finally realized my RSS feed was Fupped Duck. Now that I have it fixed, the “Visual/HTML” mode switch on WordPress’ built-in post editor is working properly again, too. Most peculiar.

Seriously though – RSS throws a hissy-fit if there’s a single blank line at the beginning of the output? Really? Jeez.

Okay, enough whining from me for now. Let me know if everything still appears to be working and if the RSS feed is indeed fixed for all y’all. And listen to my podcast and let me know how it sounds, or either I’ll drive over to your house and kick your butt, or you’ll hurt my poor little feelings (pick whichever form of coercion works better for you.)


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The Author is (currently) an autodidactic student of Industrial and Environmental microbiology, who is sick of people assuming all microbiology should be medical in nature, and who would really like to be allowed to go to graduate school one of these days now that he's finished his BS in Microbiology (with a bonus AS in Chemistry). He also enjoys exploring the Big Room (the one with the really high blue ceiling and big light that tracks from one side to the other every day) and looking at its contents from unusual mental angles.

4 thoughts on “RSS Feed Fixed”

  1. RSS appears to be working again. I have been getting some MySql errors, but they are resolved on refresh.

    I highly recommend feedburner, mainly because it gives you nice statistics about blog subscribers. It’s nice to login at see that “19” subscribers… 😛

  2. Thanks for letting me know – I actually didn’t realize the RSS feed had gone bad, and I’m not even sure how long it’s been going on or who it’s been affecting. Apparently, some of the wordpress plugins had blank lines at the end of them, and this somehow causes the RSS feed to be “invalid”. Seems awfully brittle to me…

    I also think my hosting company here has been having serious problems keeping their mysql server running properly. It sounds like someone (not me) is severely hammering it with connections and/or queries due to either malice or just bad programming or something. The performance of the site has been abysmal at times here, and I’m pretty sure it’s due to the delays in getting connections and responses from the database server.

    I’m hoping they get it worked out soon. If not, I may be looking at moving things back to a home server again, if I can convince myself that the cable company will be reliable enough.

    19? You’re beating me…I estimate that I’ve got around 12-15 regular readers (7 from Google Blog Reader, 2 from Bloglines, and a couple of other regular clients of the RSS feed) – maybe one or two more than that if one includes anyone who may be returning to the site from time to time directly rather than watching via the RSS feed.

    Hopefully my hypnotic voice will lure in hordes of others, who will succumb to my sheer charisma and form the basis of my self-enriching, world-dominating new cult.

    Or at least inspire a bit more interest. I’d settle for that.

  3. Yeah, I’ve noticed the slow responsiveness.

    I considered moving to a home server, because there would be some great advantages to it, but then I realized I’m probably better off letting someone else worry about it all. I’m using BlueHost now, and while they aren’t ideal, they are much, much better than 1and1 (where I was).

    I’m surprised by the number of subscribers to my blog as well. I don’t know how that could have happened. I checked feedburner today, and it’s sitting at 28. It fluctuates daily, so I tend to just take an average.

    I know there are a few people that are subscribed and then talk to me using other channels (AIM, facebook, etc), and then a few family and friends that haven’t ever heard of RSS and wouldn’t know how to use it so they check randomly. Google Analytics always provides interesting information.

  4. I just hate being at the mercy of someone else for my servers. If it were MY mysql server, I could get in and poke around, monitor the traffic, etc. Here, I have to just send an email off and hope for the best. Eskimo North has fortunately been pretty easy to work with (and they are “Linux-Friendly”), but it’s still a very frustrating situation. Especially now that I have this month’s submission for the “Giants’ Shoulders” blog carnival up and am wondering if anyone will wait up to two minutes for the dang page to load…

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