Oh, woe is me.
I’m completely woed to the brim.
It’s Valentine’s week, and I’ve gone and done something so silly, it’s unbelievable. Something I never do. Something I would never do. And I received a congratulatory email for doing it as well.
Oh, no! Oh, woe!
No, I haven’t gone out and bought any Valentine’s cards / chocolates / champagne / strawberries / romantic music / heart-shaped pizzas / teddy bears with balloons / flowers / traditional Valentine’s ‘attire’ / banners to tie onto the back of a plane to fly over someone’s house with a ghastly loving message on / rings / or other stuff. I would never do any of that, which is actually what I actually haven’t done.
What I actually have actually done is utterly ridiculous.
The email said I was vain.
The email said that I thought it was all about me.
Which I obviously knew it wasn’t. How can an email tell me what I’m thinking? Anyway. Oh, woe…
I’ve recently set up a new home page for my blog. It looks atrocious in Internet Explorer, I’ve recently discovered, so I may have to try to tweak things a little in the near future. I’ll see about that at another time though.
Anyway, the other day I was looking at something on the homepage, when I noticed another of those ‘spark lines’ (I think they’re called) at the top of the screen – you know, the ones that show the visitors per hour in a little graph. The normal graph was there, and beside it was another with a star beside it, one vertical line and then a few dots along the bottom.
Now, with me being somewhat of a hexpert with computers, I instantly thought it would be a tally of all of those readers and visitors who like my posts… similar to the tally of the hactual visitors themselves next to it. My hexpert must have been asleep at the time, I think, as I hadn’t noticed that the screen was slightly smaller than usual, and I was reading on a 90% zoom level. I’m a magician with computers, I’ll tell you. I can get them to do things without even doing anything.
Anyway, I clicked on this new spark line, only to discover that I’d actually clicked on the option to like the post. In this case, I’d liked my home page. The spark line wasn’t a spark line at all, but a smaller like button. The vertical line was actually a capital L:
I don’t think the Reblog option was there, but these things tend to change daily. The first image above is how I saw the menu bar at my magical 90% magnification level. The second image is how it normally looks. See how it looks like a new spark line? So, I clicked it.
I liked my own page.
I received an email, with a poster sized image attachment of my gravatar announcing that I liked my own post.
The email was so large, I couldn’t view it all in one go:
The thing is, parts of the blog ARE about me, it’s my blog about me, and other things. The home page, however, isn’t. It’s the home page for my blog. I know that IT isn’t about me.
I’m not vain. I have bad hair days. I wouldn’t have bad hair days, email, if I was vain.
What makes matters worse, is I can’t UNlike the page. Every time I try, my magic works once again.
The like panel looks like this when I like my home page:
But when I unlike it:
Luckily it resets itself after that so I still like it. But, yesterday, it said ‘You and 43 other bloggers like this’, rather than the whopping 513 that it’s displaying today.
So, in conclusion, even though it says that I like my home page on the home page, I don’t really. I mean I do like it, but not in the liking it way that the like button indicates. Which is what I use when I like posts, so please don’t think that if I like your post when I visit your blog, I’ve clicked the button in error, because I haven’t. I wouldn’t do that.
Unless it’s on my own blog, when I wouldn’t normally do it there either. And then I may.
I could pull my hair out, I really could… only I feel better with it in, regardless of how it looks.