I’ve used this Richard Branson quotation before, but it came to light again today, as I was faced with a weird database issue on Atlanta Tech Blogs. The site is built in WordPress, and there’s no custom code at all, so it’s all plugins and settings, and has worked very well for just about a year now, other than when I break something by accident.
But this recent issue had me, as my 13-year-old daughter would say, confuzzled. It’s happened one time before, and at that time it was one of those things that just worked itself out, so I didn’t put too much thought into it, other than to note that I was sure it would happen again. Just a matter of time.
And so it did, on Friday, and until just this afternoon, 48 hours later, I couldn’t figure it out. I tried 7 different fixes from various sources, forums, WordPress users, and other places, but nothing worked. Then this morning it occurred to me that my little WordPress site might have certain limits to its database, and that the volume of stuff flowing through the content aggregation function had simply gotten too big, and that function was no longer functioning. As a former business partner used to say, “it puked.”
And so it did. Clean out and optimize the database, and voila! Problem solved.
So while nobody “offered me an amazing opportunity”, I was faced with something that I did not know how to do. Of course, I didn’t have a choice. I had to figure it out now, not later.
OK, so this Branson quotation doesn’t really fit, but you get the point. Necessity is the mother of invention, and when you have to get something done, you’ll either figure out a way to get it done, or you won’t. The latter is not an option for me.
What do you do when you have to get something done that you just do not know how to do?