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My Blog Must Have Caught My Cold

Written by George Manty  · September 11, 2006

Is it possible for a blog to catch a cold?

I caught a cold last night that has been going around our house over the weekend. So I didn’t spend much time on the business (or anything else for that matter).

Sunday night I went to this blog to finish a post I started last week. To my surprise all I saw on my blog was a string of error messages that looked somethng like this:

WordPress database error: [User has exceeded the ‘max_questions’ resource (current value: 50000)]
SELECT option_value FROM wp_options WHERE option_name = ‘siteurl’ LIMIT 1

Unfortunately, my blog limits the amount of queries it does per hour. I had never run into this problem before. In fact, when we were blogging the olympics we got “WAY” more traffic than I ever get to this blog.

So what went wrong?

Well, it seems that the plug-in I recently installed to show related posts was creating too many queries to the database. This is partially because of the WordPress Template that I am using and partially because of how many posts I was showing on the main page.

Anyway, for now I have removed the plug-in.

The good news is that my blog has gotten over it’s cold! The bad news is that my fever and stuffed nose are signs that I am not quite over my cold yet…

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2 Responses to “My Blog Must Have Caught My Cold”

  1. William Knight on September 25th, 2006 11:31 am

    Great eye/cold-catching title for a blog post. I personally think that most software—let alone blogging software—has got a permanent mental disability.

    Just like user-interfaces for mobile phones, MP3 players, CD players and other hi-tech devices. We are still a long way away from “truly” useable software, that can be used as simply as pulling a book down from the shelf or scribbling on a piece of paper.

  2. George Manty on September 25th, 2006 12:30 pm

    Speaking as someone who writes JAVA code for a living, I agree!