This blog is undergoing essential maintenance

Just a note that I’m doing some work on the blog over the next few weeks, so if some things stop working that will be me, not quite getting it right…

The work has been prompted – nay, forced on me – by Dropbox’s decision to discontinue their Public Folder feature. The MP3 files embedded in each week’s blog post are all stored in a Dropbox Public Folder. And, unless I do something about it, all of those audio files will stop working after March 15th this year. In fact, I’ve paid for a bit of extra web space, have copied the MP3 files to it, and yesterday started editing all of the existing links on the blog. It’s not difficult – just a tedious copy and paste job – but it will take me a while: I have to fix 274 links in all.

When I’ve done that, I’ll have a look at fixing some of the broken images, which are quite common on the early blog posts. Mostly they’re broken because, since I started this blog in August 2011, the EFDSS Take Six Archive became the Full English, while the Bodleian’s Broadside archive is now Broadside Ballads Online. Those moves led to new URLs, so images being pulled in from the old sites no longer display. And then of course there are other sites which have been reorganised, and some, I suspect, that have just disappeared. Anyway I’m going to try to restore as much as I can.

If you do find a page where the audio doesn’t work, or images are missing, or links are broken, do a leave a comment so I know to have a look.

thanks
Andy

Jan Fabre 'The man who measures the clouds', Forte di Belvedere, Firenze, 2016.

2 Comments to “This blog is undergoing essential maintenance”

  1. Hi Andy, did you find a way to keep all your mp3 files on dropbox playable on your site or do you have to move them all to a new storage? I can’t get my dropbox mp3 to work with the audio shortcode… Any tips?

  2. I couldn’t find a way of doing ir, so I ended up buying some extra web space for http://www.magpielane.co.uk and moving all of the files there.
    Belatedly I did get a reply on the Dropbox forum
    https://www.dropboxforum.com/t5/Sharing-and-collaboration/Embedding-MP3-files-in-a-web-page-or-blog/m-p/211921#M13605
    It was too late for me, but actually the guy’s advice seems to work. Try embedding this on your WordPress site: https://www.dropbox.com/s/icmhziu176w2uaf/Morning_Star.mp3?raw=1&t=.mp3
    So it appears that it can be done after all.

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