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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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The fine (and gross) points of literacy -- spelling, punctuation, grammar -- elude the vast majority of the Internet's users. To believe that J. Random Users will suddenly and en masse learn to spell and punctuate -- let alone accurately categorize their information according to whatever hierarchy they're supposed to be using -- is self-delusion of the first water.

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Dates
First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 4/12/2015

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Posts - 2325
Comments - 2509
Hits - 1,728,672

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Entries/day - 0.54
Comments/entry - 1.08
Hits/day - 400

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  07:54 PM

Ok, I think the feed works now. (Well, feeds, including the comments feed.) Sheesh. There's all this stuff to re-set up when you move to a new IIS server, and one of those is the custom mapping for file name extensions. My feeds end in .rss, which is "elegant", but requires that IIS know what to do with that extension. I configured that on my own server over 5 years ago, and I do this about twice per decade, so I tend to forget that it needs to be done. Anyway, I remembered, finally, and was able to do some remote tweakage of IIS on the hosting site, so I think it's working.

Reminders. You can subscribe to the entire blog feed this way:

http://www.mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss

You can either get a truncated (2K/entry max) or full feed. The default is truncated. To get the full feed, do this:

http://www.mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?full=true

If you want to subscribe to only a specific category, you can do this:

http://mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?category=xxxxx

Examples of the latter:

http://mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?category=writing
http://mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?category=editing
http://mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?category=aspnet
http://mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?category=webmatrix

The truncated/full thing works here too. For example:

http://mikepope.com/blog/blogfeed.rss?category=webmatrix&full=true

I must note that the reason I started to suspect a problem was that I wasn't seeing accustomed levels of traffic. I pondered this problem off and on for a while and while I was doing something completely unrelated (isn't it always this way?), I had that aha! moment of realizing that it must be because the feeds were busted.

Anyway, hopefully the number of issues with the blog is gradually going down, dang.

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