You spend at least four hours working on a post you are excited to share with your readers.
It’s the one post a year that takes FOR-EVER, and that you say you probably won’t do again the following year (out of the sake of time), but you do. Because it’s fun to recap a whole year’s worth of recaps in one post and see what adventures this blog has captured over the last 365 days or so.
You stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to compile nearly 100 links (not an exaggeration) in celebration of this year’s Move-iversary. Three years ago, you and your husband uprooted your lives and moved across the country! To celebrate and look back on where life Up North has taken you, you gather all of your adventures into one post to look back on. The task is terribly tedious and annoying, but you do it anyways. Because it will all be worth digging and digging through the archives once you hit that Publish button.
As you get into covering the last couple of months, you click to save the draft… just in case. You haven’t been worried about it though, because you already have about fifteen versions of this said draft saved. You’ve been in the situation before where you’ve spent countless hours prepping a post and then – boom – like a smack to the face, it disappears into cyberspace. You feel like the Internet Gods are actually laughing at you, and you have no choice but to start again from square one. There’s no way that’s happening to this post. Not today!
But then it does.
As you are hovering over the “Save Draft” button, the Internet goes out. No worries though, you’ll just edit your preview and copy the HTML code to your clipboard. Worse case scenario, you can always just paste it into a new post altogether. You’ve done that countless times, and thank goodness, it works!
You copy the code. You go downstairs into the dark and unpleasant corner of the basement to reconnect to the Internet, and you wait the appropriate amount of time to try and connect from your computer again. It’s been several minutes, so why not give it a go. You move your mouse to the Wi-Fi connection button and your computer freezes. It just stops living.
At this point, you have all of your hard work strategically copied and nowhere to past it “just in case”. After countless attempts of placing your beloved posted draft in copied form somewhere, you face the inevitable. You restart the computer and hope for the best.
The computer comes back to life and you obviously hit “yes” to the “would you like to restore your previous session” prompt while opening Google Chrome. You log in to your blogging software and look… your post is there! You click over to edit it and scroll to see that it only saved about half of your work. Only half? Not going to fly.
So, you do what most would and try to paste the copied HTML version of the post into your draft. You can always click “Undo” if that doesn’t work. Paste. Nothing. Paste again. Nothing. Zip. Like that Blank Space T-Swift has been singing about. You click “Undo”. Nothing. You repeat that process about ten times and then feel defeated. Now, not only have you not successfully updated your draft, but you deleted the only “saved” half version of it.
You search the WordPress forums for what feels like hours and can’t crack the code. You try to contact them via phone and, apparently, that customer service doesn’t exist. You would send them an email for support, but that isn’t even available until the middle of next week. (What?)
You are in disbelief and then go into denial. You actually scream into a pillow. (It helps!) You open five more screens to do the same steps and only get the same results. It’s lost. You start to accept it, then you cry. It’s that dramatic, and you go between laughing about it with your husband to smacking your forehead wondering what the heck went wrong.
Then you feel bad for disappearing on the blog today, so you start writing this post…
Yup. That moment happened today. And I don’t even know what to do about it besides start a new post to share the story with you. Blogging has taken me on many exciting journeys, and I’m glad that you guys get to see the glamorous side of it with bubbly new posts and content week after week.
The not-so glamorous side? Mornings like today.
I don’t currently have time to re-do my work, so I thought this post would share a preview (or at least a giggle) towards some of the craziness that goes on behind the scenes around here. While I’m very thankful for the opportunities blogging has brought into my life, it can be a tricky and frustrating little business at times!
I’m leaving for a last-minute 5-day trip across the country tomorrow (whoo!) and planned to spend my entire day (outside of working at the gym) drafting posts to publish while I’m away. I’m off to do #allthethings and I am going to try my best to pretend like this morning didn’t happen.
Also, since we’re on the topic of blogging fails, there will be more sponsored content than normal coming up. I apologize for it all snowballing into one short period of time, and I hope you enjoy reading about some things I have been reviewing lately. I guess that’s just how the cookie is crumbling. But hey, next Monday includes a (delicious) giveaway!
So at least there’s that.
Here’s hoping your Wednesday is off to a better start than mine!
I’ll see you back here (if everything goes according to plan, of course) tomorrow morning. <3