Archive for October, 2015

Break Down

Sorry folks, we’ve clearly screwed some things up in the latest server changes.  Our devs are digging into it and we will provide an update as soon as we can.  To be completely honest here, it may be late Monday or Tuesday before we see any results from this effort.  We do not offer any excuses for the poor performance of the site, just sharing the facts with our users, who have cared enough to wonder why.

We have been asked why we keep monkeying with the servers, when they seemed to be working well (for a few days anyway) - its a fair question.  As we mentioned (or at least hinted) in our post on October 2nd, Blip was facing imminent extermination due to server costs (read ‘traffic’) far outstripping resources (read ‘revenue from those lovely ads’); while we have made huge progress in correcting this, we are not quite there yet.  When we get to something close to balance (with the site stable), we will turn our attention toward the future….

Scheduled down time

Just to mix things up, we decided to break the site on purpose and use that time to update some server software.  So around 1:30 a.m. Friday (e.g. late Thursday night) the site will go down and hopefully will revive within a few hours.

Bug Fixing Update

Thanks everyone for letting us know about the bugs you are seeing on blip.  Please email us at if you are still experiencing these bugs or have other issues.  Be sure to identify the bug as
-long standing (from early September or before),
-triggered by the server migration (issue began around September 18, 2015), or
-brand new issue

See update notes below to confirm status of your particular issue:

*reblips: not displaying and/or not getting email notifications
STATUS: fixed

*incorrect date stamps
STATUS: fixed

*missing/broken profile pics
STATUS: server side issue fixed, BUT you may have to re-upload the image to clear out the problem (sorry)

*blips missing from /all stream
STATUS: fixed

*Twitter integration issues
STATUS: fixed, BUT you may have to toggle it off/on to get it to work (if that doesn’t work, delete and then reconnect with Twitter at

*Blips not playing when selected (have to also click play button on YouTube player)
STATUS: unknown, please report if you are still seeing this issue and describe the behavior

Thank you, again! And a word on the golden rule…

Thanks everyone for your patience and support - sometimes its been more generous than we have deserved.  As I said before, the devs are figuring out how this excellent but dinosaur-era code works, and undoubtedly we will break something again, probably about the time this posts, so heads up.


Now for a word about user conduct, aka the golden rule.  In case anyone was wondering, here is our take, in a nutshell:

-blip is a place where passions sometimes reveal themselves, and that is mostly a good thing

-if a conversation turns negative most folks will (and should) either steer clear of each other or apologize

-if you violate our terms (e.g. hassle people on the site), and do it again after a warning, you should expect to be deleted

-its almost painless, just like getting a flu shot, except afterword you have no blip account

-we might even miss seeing you/hearing your music on the site, but that won’t save you

-it takes about 4 clicks to do it, so its really no trouble at all

-did we mention you’ll be deleted?

Bug Infestation, and a Question…

All,  thanks for continued feedback.  We are aware a major issues under the heading of ‘missing blips’ (home feed, all stream, etc.) and we are actively working it - not that that makes anyone feel any better about it.  Sorry.

On an indirectly related note, enough folks have suggested it that we feel we should ask the question, how would folks react to a Kickstarter campaign to: (1) fix all that is broken and keep Blip going for another 12+ months [$100K+], (2) do a major refactoring of the code to bring it into the current decade and improve performance/reliability [$250K+], (3) add an iOS app [$500K+], (4) aggressively pursue growing Blip, new content, new experiences, etc. [$1MM+].  Just throwing it out there to see how many folks would definitely jump on board.  Probably would be structured at $50-100 per contribution, maybe contributors would get a unique badge not attainable by any other means, and free iOS app (if it ends up being a paid app) - that sort of thing.

Feel free to throw up all over it if you are so inclined.  Send thoughts to  Thanks.