No, not Gremlins. It's called Mr. Jester and his technical "upgrades." He turned on a new caching feature designed to help the increased load we are getting on the site (always a good thing) and as a result, comments don't show until 15 minutes after posting. I told him that might not go over too well! So, we are looking into this issue right now. If you post comments fear not! They did post. They do show in the latest comments area on the main page.
Also, there have been repeated complaints about the articles not showing. The common problem is that everything shows on the headers, left margins and right margins, but the articles are blank. Here are a few helpful suggestions:
1. Try it on a Firefox browser.
2. Close the browser and try again (I know, it's a lame tech support cop out, but it really does work half the time).
3. If you are on IE8, hit the compatibility viewer button. I'm running IE8 and that always works.
4. If you are on older versions of IE, like IE6, I don't know how to get it to work. See suggestion #1.
Any other problems? Like you're on IE7 and still have the problem? Send me a message in the Contact Us section and I'll be happy to try and resolve the issue.
Also, there have been repeated complaints about posts being eaten. Now this is a problem I get on several sites. It's the authentication feature, where you have to type in the little letters to prove you're not a bot. If you're typing something long and hit post, it's very possible that feature has timed out so it'll eat your post. There are two ways to combat that:
1. Create a login. Go up to the tiny Login prompt on the top right hand portion of the screen. There's a create an account option at the bottom. I rarely if ever have timeout issues when I'm logged in.
2. I highly suggest this on all sites, copy your text before submitting. Just a nice little safety feature in case the Internet connection resets or something. Lord knows it happens to me constantly.
There we have the tech support portion of your program. If you have any other problem than what's been mentioned above, its Gremlins. Or computer demons. Yes, I just watched that Buffy episode. What was Whedon thinking?
Got your attention??? Good! By my calculations, we aren't even halfway through hellatus. Luckily there's plenty of vacations, summer activities, and those freaking day jobs to keep us occupied for a little while longer. This also means we've all been pretty busy lately, and there's no time for regular diversions like reading my completely off the wall and subjective top ten lists or elle2's amazing tributes to seasons gone by. This week especially is pretty light, considering it's a holiday week in both the US and Canada.
Today Warner Brothers released their final lineups for their 11 television show panels to happen at next month's San Diego Comic Con. This includes Supernatural, whose panel is on Sunday, July 26th.
I got this for another reason besides being on Warner Brother's normal press release list. It's because I'm going!!! I got my final press pass approval two days ago and have been making travel arrangements this week. Yes, the Winchester Family Business will do reports from the con, for Saturday and Sunday anyway. My arrival date is still undetermined.
Anyway, here is what was announced about Supernatural. This is a different lineup from last year:
Supernatural Screening and Q&A â€“ Join Supernatural stars Misha Collins (24) and Jim Beaver (Deadwood), creator/executive producer Eric Kripke (Boogeyman), and executive producers Ben Edlund (Angel) and Sera Gamble (Eyes) for an exclusive sneak peek at footage from the highly anticipated fifth season premiere of this thrill-ride series. Theyâ€™ll also answer questions from the audience and show a portion of the special features from the upcoming fourth season DVD release. Produced by Wonderland Sound and Vision in association with Warner Bros. Television, Supernatural airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, premiering September 10. Supernatural: The Complete Fourth Season will be released on DVD and Blu-rayâ„¢ Hi-Def September 1. Room 6BCF.
Yep, no Jensen and Jared this year. Also, Ben Edlund and Sera Gamble each now have the title of "Executive Producer." Just like last year though, it looks like there will be some sneek peek footage from the premiere. It should be a fantastic panel.
Below is the entire press release from Warner Brothers for anyone interested in all the other shows:
Season Five kicks off...September 10th. This evening (8pm eastern), The CW announced their premiere dates. Their fall season kicks off on September 8th in 90210 and Melrose Place, September 9th with a two hour premiere of America's Next Top Model, and September 10th with The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural.
Gossip Girl and One Tree Hill return on Sept 14th, although they've switched time slots. That was something I predicted might happen in a few forum posts considering Gossip Girl gets killed by House in the ratings. Smallville doesn't return until September 25th.
I'm going with a slightly different slant today. The Hollywood Reporter these days is doing what they call their â€œEmmy Roundtables.â€ Recently, they got together for a group discussion Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Laurence Fishburne (CSI), Denis Leary (Rescue Me), Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), and Bill Paxton (Big Love).
So, what does this have to do with Supernatural? The insights these lead TV actors share about series work in this segment is fascinating and mirrors an awful lot of what Jared and Jensen say on a regular basis. Series work is grueling, and given the changing character dynamics these days, itâ€™s getting harder.
Every once in a while, itâ€™s my duty to keep everyone informed on some important things going on in the fandom. There are good things that do come from the crazed (sorry, enthusiastic!) fans, and they deserve some mention.
First, the big Asylum convention in Birmingham, England is being held this weekend. Anyone going? Want to share your experiences? Just email them to me (use the Contact Us section) and Iâ€™ll be sure to publish it on the site. Many of us love reading these con stories, so share your joy! Be a hero to your fandom! Be the recipient of our extreme jealousy!
Ha! Sorry, I couldn't resist using that title. After pouring through scenes for my annual season end awards (coming later today), that scene in â€œCriss Angel Is a Douchebagâ€ again emerged as a favorite.
Anyway, I wanted to take some time to deliver a â€œWelcome to Hellatusâ€ and "State of The Site" message so to speak. No, I'm not going to bombastically throw out well twisted phrases designed to bring everyone to their feet in applause upon mention. At least I think I'm not. We'll see what happens.
I borrowed the term from elle2, who took it from BuddyTV, who Iâ€™m sure arenâ€™t the first ones to come up with it. So, to whoever the bastard is who actually said the word first, thanks the letting us borrow.
Summer is here, the return date is unknown, but itâ€™s fair to say itâ€™s too long. As in September too long. To pass the time, elle2 and I are feverishly working on diversions designed to help us all through these difficult times. The idea is to post something daily, but hey, since elle2 and myself have day jobs (since blogging makes nothing) that might be a challenge. Still, we refuse to give up.
I'm rotating through the archives to bring you "Hellatus Time Killers." Theyâ€™ll be refreshed every few days or so. These articles may not be new, but judging by the stats, they're new to you! Please notice that some will actually be dated but hopefully still entertaining.
State Of The Site
So much has happened in the last six months since the site went from my head to becoming a reality thanks the the hubby's mad programming skills. After I had good run on blogcritics, issues emerged. I wanted to do so much more with content. I wanted to do articles that weren't subjected to a word count limit, do lengthy recaps complete with numerous screen shots, do polls, video clips and post according to my time schedule, not theirs.
At first a quick little blog was thrown together using b2ev, but my visions were grander. After two months of planning, designing, programming, testing, then reprogramming, in early January the new site went online, all to the sound of one hand clapping. Total visits in January were limited to gun dealers using Google search to find a Winchester and accidently clicked on our site.
Eventually though, the hubby and I got smart about things. We learned how to use Google search to our advantage. We actually got a url for the site, rather than going through our main family portal. We got on Yahoo search. Finally, I started posting plenty of content not published on blogcritics, giving fans a reason to come here. Thanks to my friends a Support Supernatural, the site was even part of a print ad distributed at Creation cons in both Cherry Hill and LA.
Each month has shown improvement, so much so I felt confident enough to ask elle2, to become a contributor. Her articles have been slowly gaining in popularity as well. Slowly but surely, we were getting the word out there, so much so that instead of one hand clapping, we were getting faint applause.
That is until May. Wow, something happened in May. It was probably the high profile of my â€œReality Checkâ€ series, but The Winchester Family Business has hit heights I couldn't possibly imagine. Traffic has tripled since our record month in March. We are very close to 15,000 visitors and 700,000 page hits. For my little site? For my crazy idea blossomed by an overly obsessive love for a TV show? Wow!
The list of countries represented by everyone is mind-boggling. I think I might start a list of countries that havenâ€™t been represented on the site. That list would be shorter.
So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you everyone for making this site a growing success. Sure, we're not close to being a Buddy TV or TV.com, but hey, for a place that highlights the rantings of a mad woman, not too bad.
Keeping up interest this summer is going to be an impossible task. I expect site stats alone to rival those of January. Weâ€™re not giving up though, so stay tuned. We will make it to September together. There will be more polls, clips, top ten lists and if I play my cards right, some interviews too. So, put thewinchesterfamilybusiness.com on your browser links, and when that urge comes for a fix of anything Supernatural, please think of us. You wonâ€™t be disappointed. If you are, weâ€™ll know it when we hear one hand clapping.
Got any suggestions? Feel free to send them through the "Contact Us" section or leave a comment below. We have some pretty thick skins, so as long as you aren't insulting mothers, candid comments are allowed.