Whining: And, a Reality Check

Two weeks ago I launched my revised website. I was really proud of the work I had done to get it up and running. I thought it was finished. And then 10 days later, all that work seemed to be such a waste of time.

Photocrati, the company that supports my website in an email message reminded me of a necessary upgrade to their software. There was no choice as the software version I was using would not be supported going forward. I performed the upgrade.

When I opened my webpage afterwards I was shocked and disappointed. My content remained but the design features I had carefully implemented were gone. To me, it looked atrocious. I was ticked.

I am writing this article while watching  Remembrance Day programming on  November 11th.  I’ve done this for many years. Ellen’s grandfather fought in WWI and WWII  and one of my uncles was a veteran of WWI. Each of us have uncles who were WWII veterans. More current to me are the soldiers who participated in the Vietnam War.

Most of the soldiers in these conflicts were very young. Many were just out of high school. Wounded or killed they were deprived of a full and happy life. They gave everything. As I watched and appreciated what these young men and women endured  I found it difficult to fight back the odd tear.

So what’s with being upset about a website issue. It’s hardly a calamity.  

As much as possible I decided to  ‘pretty up’ the state of my website, learn the ins and outs of the new software  and wait for one more external upgrade next month. Then, I would attempt to regain some of the features that have been wiped out. Perhaps, it will be even better.

The images I’ve included with this article` are recent additions to my library. Now that we are well into fall and perhaps the start of winter I’ve been out with my camera looking to capture the colours, patterns and textures of the season.

This entry was posted in Education, My Work, The Creative Process.


  1. Paul Durose November 14, 2020 at 7:45 am #

    Way to use the human realities of Remembrance Day to apply perspective to yourimposed tech challenges Stu. Thanks for the modelling.

    • Stu Dale November 14, 2020 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Paul! I always find Remembrance Day to be a perspective checker.

  2. corolp November 14, 2020 at 2:16 pm #

    Most justified whining permitted, especially when balanced with a reality check, something we all need often. Certainly Remembrance Day provides a good opportunity for reality checks. I used to tell my young students, “You’re too young to remember but you can think and feel gratitude with your heart.” Lovely photos, as always, Stu. Hopefully the website glitches will sort out soon for you.

    • Stu Dale November 14, 2020 at 10:11 pm #

      Thanks for commenting Corol. I too hope the glitches are in the past.

  3. Sheryl Korsch November 17, 2020 at 7:35 pm #

    Thank You, Stu, for sharing all the Beautiful Autumn / Winter photos!! 🙂

    • Stu Dale November 17, 2020 at 8:37 pm #

      I’m happy that you enjoyed my images. Thank you!

  4. Alan Flynn November 18, 2020 at 3:49 am #

    Sorry about the blip after all your hard work but things do get put into perspective and no harsher way than what you mentioned. A lovely array of beautiful scenes. Take care and thank you for posting it to me.

    • Stu Dale November 18, 2020 at 7:41 am #

      Thanks for commenting Alan. With a little patience I’m sure I’ll be able to return my web page to the look I had planned.

  5. Alan Flynn November 18, 2020 at 3:52 am #

    Thanks you for your post Stu, wonderful scenes. Sorry about the blip but your thoughts do put it into perspective. Take care.

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