Yup, here I am resurrecting this site and posting about what I am learning about Social Media and such, and I have managed to kill the RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for this site, which is at least ironic, but very infuriating as well.
I first noticed that my previous post Scrapers and How to Trap Them, never showed up the RSS feed even 2 days after it had been posted, so then I started to dig into what may have gone wrong. At first I thought Feedburner had gone off the rails, so I attempted to go through their Troubleshootize page and found out that in fact the Feed for NotHowToDoit.com was timing out.
I then wandered over to Dreamhost, my hosting company, and checked, but no nothing was wrong on their end, so finally I gave up and went to Google, and tripped over the culprit.
Evidently WordPress Plug-ins can and do cause loading issues (slowing things down and such), so I finally came across one which had a very simple methodology:
Turn off every plug in and see if the RSS feed returns, if it does then slowly add plug ins to find out what the culprit might be.
I did that, well I turned most of them off (I left Akismet on, I don’t trust those SPAM commenter). Sure enough my RSS feed returned and Feedburner was able to see it all.
My guess on the culprit after a slow adding of each Plug in, is that SexyBookMarks may have been the tipping point in terms of Plugins, so I have left it off for now and may try it again in a while, but for now, I am enjoying having the RSS feed back for this site.
Moral of the story is, don’t just keep adding Plugins to your WordPress configuration, check them out and add them very slowly and watch for any possible side effects (like say your RSS feed dies).
Spam Comment Update
I have integrated a new plug in to try to stop the Spammers, it is called SI-CAPTCHA-FOR-WORDPRESS and so far it seems to be doing OK. I am still testing, but anything that cuts down the deluge of spam is appreciated.