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Did you see my crazy blog? On Friday and Saturday, my website looked awful. Little by little, a bug ate up all my posts, pictures, and even my header, replacing them with random images. (A tire? A pine cone?!)

I try not to bore you with talk of technical difficulties on my blog. After all, you’re here for the recipes, not for a lesson in computers. But today I feel it needs to be addressed, since so many of you have recently been reporting 404 errors when you click on a recipe link. Please accept my apologies for all the trouble, and know that I’m doing everything I can to fix it as soon as possible.

When Good = Bad:

I’ve had to upgrade server packages four times in the last two months! But there’s a downside to this growth: a person needs to know quite a lot about technology to manage all the wild things that can happen to a high-traffic site. I’m struggling to learn it all as fast as I can. And every time a reader sends me an email addressed to my webmaster, I have to laugh. Webmaster? Unfortunately, I’m the only webmaster for chocolatecoveredkatie.com… and that’s a scary thought, considering I didn’t even know what HTML stood for until last year.

(Honestly, it’s amazing my site runs at all!)

C-panels, dedicated servers, caches… who knew running a food blog required so much technical knowledge? I really appreciate your patience as I try to fix all the craziness with my blog. And if anyone has an idea as to why people are suddenly getting 404 errors on pages that DO exist, please let me know! I’ve tried so many different ways to fix it—and nothing has worked.

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For your patience in sticking with me, I promise you a really yummy post tomorrow.

Question of the Day:

Are you good with computers?

Or are you clueless, like me? Actually, to be fair to myself, I’m not clueless anymore; I’ve learned a lot. But oh my word, was I ever clueless when I started this blog!

Also: Is my site working ok for you now? Or are you still getting error messages?

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Mariel says:

    we definitely understand Katie! i know how you feel! I am so bad with computer stuff tooo. i really need to figure out some stuff on how to fix errors in the HTML and all that. it is so hard. i wish i had a computer tech wizard with me at all times!

  2. Jami says:

    I am not good with computers but my husband is a web developer/programmer and trouble shoots all of our computer issues. I am blessed because I’d never be able to make it without him.

  3. Working great now and think of all you are learning! 🙂

  4. Sophie says:

    Very understandable Katie!! The web can be quite frustrating and complicated! Please don’t stress out about it too much 🙂 We all understand! And hooray for the high traffic!
    How did you host your blog now? Do you use wordpress or something else?

    That cute little cake picture looks YUM! Im excited about tomorrow’s post 🙂

    1. Yes, it’s a wordpress blog :).

  5. Lisa says:

    My husband was a computer science major in college. Enough said. I don’t touch the computers. haha

  6. Jodi Theisen says:

    Hi Katie, your emails are coming through and your home page looks like it should it be today – haven’t tried clicking on anything else yet. As far as “webmaster” goes, my husband has his own business, he’s a computer engineer so maybe it’s time for a big chocolate-covered vacation to Australia and he can fix your blog whie you and I go out into the sun and eat chocolate! Chin up sweet girl 🙂

    1. Oh don’t tempt me! I’ve always wanted to go to Australia!

  7. Jennifer JCD says:

    Hang in there, Katie! I have only a basic general knowledge of computers… so I can’t help you much. However, my brother and both of my parents are computer geniuses… and thank goodness for that because whenever my computer does anything funny I deliver it to them with a pretty bow and a note offering cookies in exchange for a fixed computer. 🙂

    I wonder if you can find a webmaster and bribe them with fudge babies, chocolate, and other goodies to fix the random errors??

    For the record, you blog worked fine for me all weekend, and I was here more than usual looking up yummy recipes and making them. What else is a girl to do when temperatures dip to -32C with a wind-chill of -40? Make CCK recipes, of course! (I had to buy a whole case of chocolate just for this cause!)

    1. What else is a girl to do? Hide under a million blankets, like a bear, and refuse to come out until summer!! That’s what I would do ;).

  8. It’s working fine for me! 😀

  9. I always thought I was great with websites and computers until I started my blog – there is so much I don’t know how to do! I can’t imaging having to upgrade servers and such. Transitioning to self hosted was such a huge ordeal and ate up an entire weekend, ugh! Good luck!! =)

  10. Jess says:

    At least the bug didn’t mess with your recipes themselves ;).

  11. When I clicked onto your link to this post, I thought the picture was of a dog bowing its head in shame. I thought to myself “aw, no one can be mad at Katie now!”

    But with that yummy looking new recipe in the post, I think everyone will forgive you!

    Thanks for caring so much about what we think 🙂

  12. jenn says:

    omg I have been needing a cornbread recipe for my chili. can’t wait!

  13. I swear you need a phd in comPuter programming to have a blog. I don’t have any traffic and use the free site, and it’s still a struggle! You really need someone to help you. Or, go Back to school and get a degree in computers 😉

  14. I work in IT so know quite a bit about the trials and issues people can have with technology. Looks like your site is working fine now, for me. Looking forward to the recipe tomorrow!

  15. Sarah the offical CCK drooler says:

    Oh, the site is fine now. Yea, i was wondering if you wanted a design that was more nature themed 🙂 But i am clueless with a capital C when it comes to computers. Join the club.

  16. libby says:

    Its working for me…I am one of your newcomers too and love your blog. So I am guessing you are going to keep on growing and growing!!!

  17. Aja says:

    It seems to be working. I know nothing about computers. I learned some basic HTML back in middle school but I don’t remember any of it.
    Good luck getting it running perfectly and keeping it that way.

  18. Sam says:

    You’re doing great girl, no worries!!
    Love your blog and this temporary inaccessibility made me value your recipes even more 🙂
    Thank you for working so hard on this little piece of fine vegan bakery art!!

  19. I’m so awful with computers. I’m making progress slowly though,

  20. Kim says:

    I’m actually a CS major. Though, I’m not that familiar with HTML and PHP (assuming that is what your blog runs on).

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