Yes, I was absent from the blogging world from the beginning of March until about the middle of April. This was mostly due to my interest in family history. I spent so much time researching on the computer that I didn’t have any more time to read blogs or write posts for my own blog.
When I returned to the blogosphere, I tried to catch up with people’s blogs; I really did. I’ve just had a really busy weekend and am trying to catch on posts written since last Thursday. Because of the large number of blogs I have been following, four days away from reading blogs means 73 blogs to catch up with – and some of those bloggers posted more than once in four days.
But, here’s the rub. Our internet provider has taken on more customers in our area than they can comfortably service, resulting in slower and slower internet downloading time for us. In effect, they have 87 people on a 45 seater bus! This slow download time means that our brand-new modem gets frustrated and tries to reconnect (or something like that) which just makes the situation worse. Our speed is so slow that SIL noted that we had slightly better speeds than dial-up!
We have contacted our ISP and they have finally admitted (after two years of trying to get answers) the problem. But they assure us that it will all be resolved on 4 June! After that assurance (about a month ago) the speed got slower and slower. We live only 400m from the exchange and should have excellent service but we have anything but!
Let me give you an example: I tried to open a video on the online art course WM gave me for my birthday. I tried in the middle of the day when most of the people in the neighbourhood are at work or school. It took me 45 minutes to buffer 8 minutes of a 16 minute video, and when I tried to watch the video, Jane sounded like she had the worst stammer in the world. In fact, it took eighteen seconds for her to say two one-syllable words!
But what does this have to do with you and your blogs, dear readers? Well, my internet connection is so slow I can’t use my Blogger Reading List properly so I have to open my browser and type the name of your blog. Then I go off and play a game of “Free Cell” while I wait for your blog to download to my computer. Heaven help me if I want to leave a comment and you a use Blogger and have word verification – it take about two minutes form the time I click “post comment” to the time I can read those dreaded verifications! If you are still using verification, please consider turning it off. Blogger is quite good at catching spam comments (it hasn’t missed any of mine yet) and you can always use comment moderation to make sure you only get comments worth reading.
Anyway, back to the point: It has taken me half an hour to catch up on two blogs this morning and I can’t do this for another seventy-one blogs: who has that kind of time to spend on the internet?
WM and I have done what we should have done a long time ago: we have changed providers. However this may take up to three weeks. In the meantime, our current provider must have found out that we are jumping ship, our speeds are slower than ever!
My apologies to you all. When I move into the 21st century I will just pick up where you are; there's no way I can catch up with all those missed posts. See you on your blog then!