Here’s an update on my blog and what I now have come to call the caching problem.
I’ve been working on a fix—talking to various people at my host, Googling the situation and seeing what people on the Web have suggested—and at this point various solutions seem to have caused an improvement but not a complete solution.
Right now the most common form it seems to be taking is that recently-cached versions of the blog—or incompletely-updated versions–keep show, particularly with the comments section.
For example, a post might say it has 10 comments. But when the viewer clicks on the comments to read them, it then lists 14 and shows the contents of the full 14. But if the viewer clicks on the “refresh” arrow-icon, the counter gets up to speed with 14 and stays that way without reverting.
So the blog is essentially usually all here, there’s just a time lag with the counter and sometimes also with the display, although the latter is less common.
Things like this drive me nuts, because the blog is precious to me and a functioning comments section is precious to me. This has been going on for quite a few days now. Fortunately it’s not a serious problem—like, for instance, if the blog were down entirely (perish the thought!).
So I’m asking for your patience, and strongly suggest that you refresh every now and then. And don’t refrain from commenting—your comment will show up sooner or later, usually sooner. The counter might not acknowledge it right away, though.
One hint at what’s going on is that my host said they slipped in some cache plug-in about a month ago (without telling me), and the plug-in seems not to be compatible with the blog. So last night they removed it. I thought that would be the complete fix, but unfortunately there are still lingering issues.
My apologies for any inconvenience, and rest assured that I’m still working hard on it.
[ADDENDUM: For example, after I wrote and published this post, it didn’t show on the blog until I clicked on “refresh” and then it showed up immediately. But it should be showing up right away without the need to refresh.]