Changes Are Comin’ to Little Bytes of Life!

If it ain't broke...

Hey, Hi There!

Hello, friends! It’s been real quiet here at Little Bytes of Life.

But actually, what you don’t know is that I’ve been very busy behind the scenes redesigning, moving, updating, etc. You can’t see any of that yet, so I’m sure that everything just looks like a big mess. Which it kind of is.

There’s a very simple explanation for why this blog is a mess: I broke it. Not on purpose, of course. It just sort of… happened.

On the bright side, I am basically an expert at fixing broken WordPress blogs by now. I am not kidding. 😕

Ch-ch-changes

So, as I enter my 10th year of blogging, I have decided to make some changes.

  • For starters, I am changing the name of my blog (Yay, finally!). Why? Because I have never liked the name “Little Bytes of Life.” Seriously, I cringe every time I hear it. I’m cringing right now just thinking about it. And no, I am not going to tell you what the new name is until I officially launch the site in a couple of weeks, but I’m pretty sure that you are astute enough to figure it out on your own. Just shhhh, don’t tell anyone yet, ok?
  • Next, I am bringing the Genealogy Blog Party back (apologies if you thought I was bringing sexy back). That’s right, the GBP will be back in June with all new goofy thoughtful and relevant themes, and I hope you will join in the fun! 😀
  • Finally, I have been begging bribing asking nicely for my descendant to write some stories about her ancestors and/or genealogy in general, so there may be “kid perspective” here at some point. No guarantees though, because she is fighting it tooth and nail. I just wanted to mention that there is an extremely remote possibility that she will cooperate at some vague point in the future if the incentive is right. Probably not. But maybe.

The focus of my blog will, of course, still be genealogy, as well as the tech and blogging stuff that I love. Plus, some REALLY AMAZING “found” family treasures have come across my path, and I’ll be sharing those in hopes of reuniting them with families who will appreciate them.

Get ready to party: The #Genealogy Blog Party will be back in June! Click To Tweet

If It Ain’t Broke…

Ok, so now it’s time to address the elephant in the room. And by “elephant” I mean the ugly, red “Not secure” notice in your browser’s address bar. Go ahead and look. Yuck, right?

UPDATE: Apparently not everyone is seeing this error – yay! But if you are, try clearing your cache, which solved the problem for me. If that doesn’t work… read on.

Let me assure you that your information is secure. Or, at least, it is no less secure than it was before that stupid notice went up.

Grandpa always said, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But I just can’t help myself.

➡ If you don’t like boring tech stuff, skip this part.

So, here’s what happened. For a variety of reasons (not the least of which is improved SEO rankings), I decided to install the shared SSL certificate that Bluehost now offers for free to WordPress users. “Cool!” I thought. “Another layer of security is always a good thing, right?” 

Yes, it is. Unless you’ve got two different domains duking it out for Ultimate Supremacy of your server.

See, I had already added the free SSL certificate to about 5 of my other WordPress sites, and everything went smoothly. So really, why shouldn’t this one go smoothly, too, right?

Then came The Eerie Quiet.

Apparently, you cannot have 2 domains pointing at the same thing AND a properly functioning SSL certificate. Who knew (not tech support, unfortunately)? But hey, no problem. I’ve already got a 301 redirect, so I’ll just unassign the parked domain, and all will be right with the world.

And it was! Everything was glorious… until a few hours later when I noticed that my email had gone strangely quiet. Because OOPS, when you unassign a domain, all of the email that should go to that domain now goes into the black hole of cyberspace. Mmmhmm. 🙁

Thanks for the warning, Captain Obvious.

➡ Come back now if you skipped the boring tech stuff.

So, long story slightly less long: until I get my email forwarded and remove the parked domain you will continue to see that ugly message in the address bar. Please just ignore it. Thanks!

It’s All Good

Last, but not least, I want to thank everyone who emailed, called, or poked me on social media over the last few months. I went radio silent for a while because I needed some time and space to process a few things that were happening in my personal life. I won’t get into any of that here, but I did want to say thank you.

In the immortal words of The Beatles, “I get by with a little help from my friends.” <3

 

Congrats to the December Genealogy Blog Party Top Vote-Getter!

 

December’s Most Popular Post

The votes are in for the December Genealogy Blog Party! It was very close this time, but I am happy to report that the top vote-getter was “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Your 2016 Dear Genea-Santa Letter” by Janice M. Sellers of Ancestral Discoveries

Janice was a very good girl in 2016, attending many genealogy conferences and educational opportunities, as well as giving back through volunteer work. She has quite a few requests on her wish list, but here is her #1:

My top priority is still that I want to help my now 91-year-old aunt find and make contact with Raymond Lawrence Sellers, the son she gave up for adoption 71 years ago. We haven’t made much progress since last year. She did a DNA test through Family Tree DNA, the results of which I’ve uploaded to GEDMatch. (Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to manufacture enough saliva for a successful AncestryDNA test, so we aren’t able to search directly in that pool.) The bad news is that she doesn’t show any close matches besides her siblings, her son, and me (i.e., family members we already knew had tested). It’s possible that her son didn’t have any descendants, or that absolutely none of them has decided to try the whole DNA thing. It is so important for her to find him, so I’m really hoping for this one. It’s the number one item on my list.

Hopefully, Genea-Santa will make this wish come true in 2017!

Be sure to visit Janice’s blog and the other blogs in the December Genealogy Blog Party. Many thanks to everyone who wrote a post for this round and to all who voted!

 

 

Make a Wish (List) at the Genealogy Blog Party!

Genealogy Blog Party December 2016

 

Santa’s making a list and checking it twice. Have you been naughty, or have you been nice?

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Get your wish list ready for the December #Genealogy Blog Party! Click To Tweet

 

Want to participate, but you don’t have a blog? Send me your story, and I will share it as a guest post. And remember, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to participate.

 

Party Etiquette (a.k.a. The Rules):

  1. Bring a Friend – Notify your followers of the Genealogy Blog Party by using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or whatever types of social media you use. Social media buttons are located just to your left, for your convenience.
  2. Visit and comment on at least 3 other links in the party (more is better, of course). Why? Because parties are social events, and we can’t be social without talking to each other!
  3. Follow me on social media, if you haven’t already. Links are in the footer.
  4. Subscribe to the Little Bytes of Life NewsletterNewsletter subscribers receive advance notice of Genealogy Blog Party themes and other information. 🙂

More Information:

Read past Genealogy Blog Parties
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Grab a Badge!

 

 

Congrats to the November Genealogy Blog Party Top Vote-Getter!

Genealogy Blog Party November

 

November’s Most Popular Post

The votes are in for the November Genealogy Blog Party, and I am happy to report that the top vote-getter was “Something’s Fishy…” by Karen of Ancestor Soup

Karen tells the sweet story of how her grandma served a traditional Norwegian dish one Christmas Eve and her family’s reluctance to try it. I’m not sure I would have been as brave as Karen, had I been in her shoes!

Be sure to visit Karen’s blog and the other blogs in the November Genealogy Blog Party for some wonderful stories of family traditions!

Many thanks to everyone who wrote a post for this round and to all who voted!

 

 

The Genealogy Blog Party Celebrates Family Traditions

Genealogy Blog Party November 2016 Family Traditions

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: parties, food, family, and FUN!

So… tell us about your favorite holiday* tradition!

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Celebrate family traditions at the November #Genealogy Blog Party! Click To Tweet

 

Want to participate, but you don’t have a blog? Send me your story, and I will share it as a guest post. And remember, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to participate.

 

Party Etiquette (a.k.a. The Rules):

  1. Bring a Friend – Notify your followers of the Genealogy Blog Party by using Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or whatever types of social media you use. Social media buttons are located just to your left, for your convenience.
  2. Visit and comment on at least 3 other links in the party (more is better, of course). Why? Because parties are social events, and we can’t be social without talking to each other!
  3. Follow me on social media, if you haven’t already. Links are in the footer.
  4. Subscribe to the Little Bytes of Life NewsletterNewsletter subscribers receive advance notice of Genealogy Blog Party themes and other information. 🙂

More Information:

Read past Genealogy Blog Parties
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Grab a Badge!

 

 

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