The traffic has grown to the point where the MySQL database is falling over.
Therefore, we must expand the server infrastructure.
It’s time to grow again, folks!
What will probably happen is, over the weekend, we will spread everything out over three servers.
Also, we are going to take advantage of the downtime to upgrade the software.
This is more than likely going to result in a change in the look of the blog, a theme change.
The present theme breaks on the updated software. Also, this present theme is pretty heavy to load.
Here is what I am am probably going to work with:
I do have another theme that looks very much like the present one, but it needs a lot of work. And since I am not very good at this sort of thing yet, it’ll take time.
We will probably start doing the serious work on Saturday, starting at 1700h UTC (1300h EDT 1900h CET).
There will probably be some downtime while we are working.
Until then, however, we will have to limp into the weekend.
But on the brighter side… here is one of the nice e-mails I got while we were having trouble today. The sender assumed, while the blog was down for everyone, including myself, that he had been singled out for special treatment:
Thank you for once again blocking me. I suppose you can only countenance legions of groupies praising your every move and comment. Sorry if I can’t do that. I have enjoyed your blog, but, I must say, not having it available has had the commensurate effect of greater productivity in other areas; for that I thank you.
When I have a moment, I will probably make his rash judgment move from potency to act.