Monday, May 30, 2011

Blogger Ate My Homework

It doesn't take much to discourage me from writing.  Words don't flow freely;  ideas don't come; I don't remember how to spell acomodate, accommodate, accomodate... 

My most recent setback was technical.  I posted an article about lettuce on May 11.  On the same day I worked on new articles.  I updated my "About Me" blurb. I commented on other blogs.  I also had a migraine that day, so anything I did was completed in a post-headache, drug-induced fog. 

By the following day kind people had commented on my article.  I responded.  On May 18 I came back here to write. I was dismayed to find that everything from May 11 was gone.  No article, no new blurb, no notes for new articles. The comments and my responses were gone. Even my comments on other blogs had vanished.  It was like I imagined it all, which was very possible considering the migraine and the drugs.  

Fortunately, when Hubby came home from work he was able to confirm the existence of the article from the previous week.  I was doubly fortunate to have friends who receive emails of my articles every time I publish.  I was triply fortunate that two of those friends still had copies of the lost article in their inbox and were able to send it back to me.  (Thank you, thank you, thank you to Hubby, C and S!)

From there most people would appreciate their good fortune and move on.  Not me.  I froze.  I was the Blogger version of a deer in the headlights.  (By the way, why doesn't the spell-checker in Blogger recognize the words Blogger, blog or blogs?)  I couldn't even bring myself re-post the article from May 11.  So not only did I lose my work from that day, I developed writer's block as well.  Just marvy. 

I know the reasonable thing to do would be to set up a backup system for such emergencies.  Apparently I am not a reasonable person, as I have not yet done so.  When I have the time and the inclination to write I want to write.  I don't want spend my time setting up fail-safe systems in case something goes wrong.  Actually, I'm not completely unreasonable.  I have tried writing elsewhere and transferring the results here, but I found that to be ponderous, time consuming, and the results often didn't look right in Blogger.  

Anyway, I guess my point is that I'm back now.  I'll be re-publishing the lettuce article shortly.  Apologies to those who have already read it, and to those who commented the last time.  Your last comments are gone, but feel free to comment again, and again, and again... 

Obviously some writers need more encouragement than others. 


  1. Lettuce celebrate that all is not lost, you're back on-line! For the record, the word that drives me crazy is "occassional, ocassional, occasional" ?!? oh,and broccolli, brocolli, broccoli...!!!

  2. oh laurie! i love this piece. it is! i hear you loud and clear and my heart goes out to you.
    i laughed, i cried, i blogged.

  3. p.s. i got a bit nervous so i just went and did a back up of one of my blogs... hilarious! thnx laurie.

  4. Chris - Many thanks. Those same words get me too! I often substitute "sometimes" for "occasional" just to avoid the issue. Sadly, there is no substitute for "broccoli". (I had to look up both words before using them here!)

    Sheron - I'm so happy you enjoyed this. I'm even happier that I inspired to you blog! The fact that you backed up one of your blogs is nice too.


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