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5 Things That Can Ruin A Blogger’s Day

There are bad things that pop up in our lives occasionally โ€• the types of things that can ruin a blogger’s day.

Some of you may intuitively know what some of those bad things are, while some of you have experienced them firsthand.

So, sit back, grab a snack or a beverage (or, better yet, both) and read on.

1.) The Disappearance Of Your Internet

Many years ago (the days when I used to blog over on Blogger), my internet feed was interrupted.

Back then, I called the customer service representative of my internet service provider and I told them what had taken place. I was told over the phone that everything was okay on their end and that they would send a technician within three working days to my place of residence; which meant that I had to spend three working days without any internet.

So, what did I do?

I phoned a friend of mine who lived close by, told them that my internet was down and asked if I could come to their house and use their WiFi (My friend said, “Sure,” and I went over and scheduled a bunch of blog posts).

As promised, the technician arrived within three working days; when he looked at my equipment, he said, “No one called you and informed you of the upgrade? We changed these modems a while back.”

The technician walked out of the house and headed in the direction of his service vehicle; he opened the door of the vehicle, took out the box with the new modem and made his way back to the house; he connected the new modem to the system and things were working again.

I thanked him for a job well done.

He recommended that I call my internet service provider to request a rebate and walked out of the house with the old useless modem.

After the technician left, I called the customer service representative of my internet service provider and requested a rebate; they obliged (They adjusted the bill accordingly).

The whole thing was my internet service provider’s fault. How the hell did they forget to call me to tell me that they were upgrading the equipment?

Three working days without internet felt like an eternity.

2.) A Power Outage Of Your Entire Area

Power outages can happen at any time (Thankfully, it does not happen regularly in my area).

Most of us can relate to the electricity vacating us while we were working on a blog post, or before we even had a chance to work on a blog post.

And, that is one of the main reasons why I always schedule my blog posts in advance.

The only issue is that I would not be able to respond to the comments that were made in my blog’s commenting section until the electricity returns.

3.) A Computer That Refuses To Come On

Having a computer that refuses to power itself on is probably one of a blogger’s biggest nightmares.

Imagine yourself wanting to turn your computer and it refuses to come on (That is enough to frustrate a blogger; especially if they want to work on a blog post).

The most that you can do is fix the computer yourself (provided that you are tech-savvy) or send it to a well-trained and qualified computer technician.

4.) Experiencing Technical Difficulties With The Block Editor

Yes, the Block Editor has misbehaved in the past (It affected those who accessed WordPress via the computer on their web browser and those who accessed WordPress via the WordPress Mobile App).

When the Block Editor misbehaves, the most that you can do is try back later and hope that it is working the way that it is supposed to work.

And, if the Block Editor is still being problematic, you will have to report your technical issue to one of the Happiness Engineers.

Therefore, you cannot put a blog post together until your technical issue has been resolved.

5.) A Glitchy WordPress Mobile App

Currently, there is a large percentage of bloggers who only blog via their smartphones (A lot of them do not own a computer and they rely on accessing WordPress via the WordPress Mobile App).

Unfortunately, there are those rare occasions when the WordPress Mobile App gives trouble.

When it gives trouble, you can alleviate the problem by:

  • Clearing the cache on your smartphone.
  • Reinstalling the WordPress Mobile App.
  • Reporting the technical issue to a Happiness Engineer.

The WordPress Mobile App is not perfect.

Dear friend, if you happen to be one of those people who only have a smartphone at their disposal or you simply prefer to do all of your blogging via your smartphone, I recommend using the web browser on your smartphone to access WordPress while the technical issues are being sorted out with the WordPress Mobile App (That way, you will not miss a beat; you can continue blogging as though nothing bad had happened).

The Bottom Line

Bloggers do experience setbacks in life (The truth is that it happens to everyone).

The most that we can do is breathe deeply and calm ourselves down because if we focus our minds deeply on an unfortunate incident, it would end up ruining our day.

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80 thoughts on “5 Things That Can Ruin A Blogger’s Day

      1. If you have the WP Business plan, you can install plugins that are enhancements to the functionality of your site. They are located in your Admin area. I have a few plugins running on my sire including a weather widget.

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  1. Mine sometimes would be when the Word Doc suddenly crashes with my 1200-3000 word Grammarly-checked Copyscape-checked (come on, English ain’t my first language) write-up in it.

    You open the document again and you end up unable to do so (Error: This file encountered an error, blah, blah, blah,…)

    And you try to open it again crossing your fingers and praying that you’d be able to recover everything.

    YES! It opens – but just the blank page. Wait, where did my write-up go?

    Oh, well. I’m starting over again. This time feeling unmotivated and discouraged. So I ended up leaving my computer and going for a cup of joe instead while murmuring all the vulgar words I know.

    What a great day for me!

    At least I see Renard finally posted a piece about how he shares the same agony as I am.

    Care for a cup of coffee, friend? โ˜•๏ธ

    I used the lava from hell to make it hot.

    I don’t know if that made sense. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

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      1. Yeah, my word doc has already been configured to that automatic backup thing, but there are really occasions where we find ourselves drinking lots of coffee over an 8-hour mind-grinding work that suddenly disappeared for no reason.๐Ÿ˜ญ

        I blame the programming behind the software that’s unable to catch up with my ‘creative’ mind and nimble hands that it decided to crash by itself.

        Yup. I do the ‘cut and paste to the WP editor’ sometimes, too.

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  2. 1) Had that often in the bad old ADSL days.
    2) Right now we’re having regular loadshedding 2 times every day. But they are well scheduled so we know when they happen. The next one in 10 minutes …
    3) As a direct result of the last power outtage my my main desktop and the monitor are both kaputt and in repair now. That’s why I have 3 desktop machines and 3 laptops.
    4) Block Editor is crapola. But one adapts and learns to live with it.
    5) Doesn’t apply.

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    1. ๐Ÿ˜• I hope that your desktop computer and your monitor are both repaired in a timely manner.

      You are very lucky to own three desktop computers and three laptop computers.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. Not quite. Gerwoman, coming since 97 and moved and took permanent residence here in 02. Where you located? Me’s in die kaap.

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        1. Ok interesting. I was born in England. Emigrated to SA in 1968 with my family and lived/schooled in Johannesburg. I then lived in Capetown for 10 years but now back in Joburg. Nice to meet you ๐Ÿ™‚

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              1. Dankie, you as well Amand. And I’m very sure to have a nice week since I’m in the best city of the world and not, like you, in the wurst. =^.^=

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  3. This laptop is a dinosaur. Sometimes I have an hour long wait after turning it on to finally being able to open a new draft post to write. It can be incredibly frustrating. While I let my laptop warm up, I try to get on with housework or other things.

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    1. 1 hour is overly excessive! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ In 2022 no computer should take longer than 30 seconds to boot up. And it doesn’t matter that your computer is a museum piece; contrary to common belief do computers not become slower. Not per se. The reason for slow performance is mostly a lack of software maintenance. How many crappy bloatwares are you burden your machine with? You trynna run new Windows on a Win98 machine?

      Most easy, and lazy solution is this: https://linuxmint.com/

      No fear, Linux is very easy peasy and frenly these days. Particularly Mint comes highly recommended. It doesn’t just give your machine a second lease on life, it’s great overall. Renard and me, and I guess many of your fellow readers, have cut the chains that bound us to the proprietary evil systems, Windows and MacOS. And we’re all super duper happy bunnies now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        1. “I am such a Luddite”
          Easy solution for that problem: Don’t. Be. A. Luddite. It’s 2022, we don’t let today’s self-sufficient, emancipated, empowered women get away with pseudo reasons like “I’m just a girl” or similar nonsense. Clue up. Computers are our main tool, know it, own it! Inside out. This isn’t rocket science.
          “I donโ€™t use this laptop for anything except emails and WordPress.”
          You sure? Well, someone – not saying it was you – must have gone berserk on your poor little office machine. Or at least have been really careless.

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          1. I guess there is a lack of desire on my part to be self-sufficient. It’s nice to belong to a family of 200 or so who support each other and share what we have. We have a very strong network of friends and fellow volunteers too. Email is a useful tool to keep in touch with everyone. But I still enjoy finding out my news from chatting to the neighbours who seem to have more insight than the media into many issues, ringing my relatives, writing letters on paper to my friends. I have a very basic sort of Nokia phone, but not a Nokia – I think it is a Acatel? which I carry for emergencies. The lap top is useful for WordPress and emails. There is not much that appeals to me about the old t’internet. But I do like the poetry, foodie blogs and flash fiction I read on WordPress. I like the creativity without the negativity and bitterness that seem to be associated with some platforms. When I was younger, I saw what people were posting and reading on social media, including slander, and it put me off it. At work, I have to stare at computer screens all day and use all sorts of snazzy software, and when I finish work, I cannot wait to be free of it. I love going for walks, having dinner with friends, live music, books, visiting historical venues, spending time with animals. Yes…the desire to not be a Luddite has not yet manifest itself. Who knows? Maybe in the future there will be pressing reasons for me to make more use of this tool.

            I am not “just a girl” though. I am a woman with vast life experience. I have had extraordinary opportunities due to working on an unpaid basis for charities since I was sixteen, which has allowed me to travel in four continents, meet and work with inspirational people from all cultures and walks of life, and have endured trials that have made me stronger than I ever imagined.

            Computers – well, they are in fashion for now, and yes, they are a very useful tool. Like all tools, the user often determines the degree of usefulness. Some use them more than others. Those who choose not to use them may have excellent reasons, and may not miss them much at all.

            I don’t know if it has anything to do with the poor performance of this laptop, but when one of the little ones dropped it down the stairs, a crack appeared in the casing. I have lots of non-computerish things to do, so I tend to turn the laptop on and wait for it to wake up and decide it is ready to do some work. A little like me needing a strong coffee and an hour in the morning to prepare myself to leave my cosy little nest.

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            1. I just think it’s about time most ladies start to show some agency and solve their own problems. Stop the shitty co-dependency and be their own woman. Particularly electronic instruments are perfect for women, we don’t need to be very muscular or super sporty, just skillful and nifty human beings. I hate to see so many “strong modern women” being totally ignorant about daily shit and can’t even tie their own shoelaces, so to speak.
              I mean your particular computer problem is solved in a matter of maybe 2 hours. Just backup your personal data, and re-install Windows or MacOS or Linux or whatever system you’re running on your machine. And then enjoy a fresh and fast and good-as-new laptop.

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              1. Not at a priority of mine at all right now. I prefer more useful occupations of my time. So far I have been able to accomplish some pretty amazing things without using certain tools. I use other tools, which are just a lot more useful in accomplishing the objectives and purpose my life centres around.

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  4. My WiFi resets itself at midnight. I’ve discovered I need to save whatever I’m working on just before midnight or I lose whatever I’m working on. I’ve lost a couple of write ups that way ๐Ÿ˜ž

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  5. You had me at ‘grab a snack or a beverage’ Renard. ๐Ÿ˜Š There are so many ways that things can go wrong. Knowing we’re not alone in experiencing the challenges helps. #4 Speaks to me — I took a leap of faith the other day and composed most of a post in the Block Editor and immediately regretted it with gremlins shifting things around. I need to stick to Word and then move content into the editor. Live and learn!

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        1. Sorry to hear that. Really, must be shitty to have your country ruined by American oil companies. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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  6. Although I am not one to let anything “ruin my day” without a fight, I would add a #6, although it didn’t really RUIN my day, just gave me a start.
    It has happened a couple of times that a piece I’d been writing gets posted before I’m finished with it. That happened today with something I had thought was in my drafts. I had a lot of changes I wanted to make before posting it. The bad news: It got posted two hours before I went on line and discovered what had happened. :/ The good news: It’s already received 8 likes and 2 comments. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I’m ok with the WP app for making a simple post on the fly, but that’s about all it’s good for, unfortunately. I bring my tablet with me when I can, but honestly I’m more at home on a desktop PC.

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  8. Don’t get me started on Block Editor Renard!!!! Man it is annoying! I managed to sneak into Classic Editor again today so I could blog without tearing my hair out! ROFL ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Sherri-Ellen the frustrated Block Editor disliker!!!!
    **purrss** BellaDharma

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    1. ๐Ÿค” I can just imagine how aggravating it really was. Having an issue with your WiFi is one of the worst things that could ever happen to you (Especially when you are a blogger).

      On a positive note, you managed to stick to your three days per week posting schedule.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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    1. ๐Ÿ™‚ Well, there is plenty of it here on this blog.

      Do take some time to look around and I would like to wish you all the best in your blogging endeavours in advance.

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