Blogging is like sex — everyone thinks he’s the best at it

Maybe you never noticed it. The blogs had been loading so slowly over the past couple of days. There were even times when they went completely offline for several minutes. Of course, traffic grew after I re-opened Feast Asia. By leaps and bounds, in fact. And I was prepared for it. This is a huge (expensive) server and it can handle the load.

What I didn’t anticipate was that plugins would go incompatible with one another and problems would arise and overload the server. This is an old blog. More than nine years old. And, over time, the database has accumulated junk as plugins were installed, discarded, reinstalled and again discarded.

Long and short of it is that I found a fix. But the fix comes with a high price. Not in monetary terms. But more in terms of features that I could not re-install. Like the theme that I was using. I miss the sidebar on the left with all those links to categories you probably didn’t even know existed until I laid them out as lists. The link to the printable page format is gone. The Facebook like box is gone (see the update note at the end of the post) … In time, I’ll find a way to bring them all back. But too many sleepless nights and my brain is going soupy already. »

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In an old post in one of the subdomains of the food blog, there's a photo of siew pau taken in Penang. In the accompanying text, I mentioned that I bought a few pieces of siew pau and my friends and I ate them in the taxi on the way back to the … »