New connections = new knowledge
The problem? I publish on my own Web site. My files go on the server space provided by my ISP. They go there as blank documents with no file extension such as .html to tell a Web browser they are Web pages. So most browsers (not Internet Explorer, oddly) thought they were text files and displayed the CSS page for the blog post.
Are you still with me? To fix this, I had to put an .htaccess file on the site. This is a powerful file that manipulates the server (a server I don't own). So it's a little risky to do this. I put the following relatively benign instructions in there:
This tells a browser that, unless the file contains instructions to the contrary, assume that it is an HTML document, in U.S. English, and UTF-8 encoding.
My ISP wouldn't help me with this. Blogger's tech support is nonexistent. Only one person on the support boards at Blogger tried to help, and he couldn't figure it out. I am sure WordPress provides better support, but I don't want to switch at this point if I don't have to.
So I fixed a problem I didn't know I had by tending to my blog and reaching out. And the solution was something I wrote about in a book called Apache Server Little Black Book, published nearly ten years ago. I just didn't have a practical application for it until now. It pays to make connections.