Bookish Blatherings #28: Those Moments When a Blogger/Reader’s Heart Skips with Dread

Posted October 15th, 2015 in Bookish Blatherings, My Features / 33 comments

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Welcome to Bookish Blatherings, a Bad Bird Reads feature where I ramble about bookish or bloggerish things and hopefully you will join in on the discussion.

I know we have all had those moments. Those times when your heart stops for just a second because of a blogger/reader related problem or occurrence. They are the worst. For us, it’s like the world is ending. I thought I would talk about a few of my heart-stopping moments:

When you are 98% done with a good book and nothing has been resolved. You just know the story is going to have a cliffhanger or no ending at all, but deep down you still hope for a wrapped up ending. Well, at least I do.

When you save the draft of your blog post and (because of crappy internet) the post looks blank for a split second until it catches up with itself. My name is Jennifer Bielman and I have crappy internet. It’s slow and goes in and out every so often. I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure my slow internet is the reason for this: When I save the draft of my blog posts, the text area is blank for about half a second then the text shows back up. Every time it does this, I fear that I have lost my post. Which has happened before.

When you are reading a paperback and your hand slips and you lose your place. It’s stupid, but I seriously overreact when this happens. It’s like the world is ending, and then I realize that the bent spine helps in reopening the book right where I left off.

When your scheduled post don’t publish. No matter how many times I schedule a post ahead of time, there are those few times it doesn’t publish when it is suppose to for whatever reason. I always check in the morning and my stomach drops when I don’t see my correct post up.

When your e-reader starts acting up. I love my Kindle, but it is getting old and I have had a few scares. Like it not connecting to the internet anymore. Or when it stopped updating. Or when it stopped receiving new books. Each problem has been fixed, but dear God those were stressful moments.

When your internet goes out. Either the power goes out or the internet is just effed up. But when this happens, the first thing I think is, “Crap, I don’t have a post scheduled, what am I going to do?

When you go to your blog/website and it has an error message and says something like, “Page cannot be displayed.” This can be because of your web host, internet connection, and so on and it can be fixed, but OMG this is the worst thing to ever happen. It’s like a part of you dies and all you want to do is curl up in a ball and ignore it all.

Can you relate to any of these heart-stopping experiences? Can you think of any I missed?

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33 Responses to “Bookish Blatherings #28: Those Moments When a Blogger/Reader’s Heart Skips with Dread”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Yes! to all of these! Plus another – with my old kindle, I suddenly couldn’t click forward to the next page… or to go anywhere but the one page I was on. And I didn’t have any physical books with me because I was on vacation. Needless to say I made sure I got myself a new kindle as soon as possible, because that was very scary – and I was at such a good point in the book, too!
    The 98% with no resolution in sight is quite depressing 🙁 I want to have at least some things sorted out when I come to the end.
    And of course, the dreaded scheduled posts that won’t publish. That always sucks, and it sucks even more if that happens for a blogtour and I can’t connect to the internet straight away to fix it.
    Great post, Jennifer!

  2. laura thomas

    I can relate to all of these. Great discussion, Jennifer! I have one for you. When you save a review you’ve just written and the page goes blank and you don’t have a copy of the review. I hold my breath when I click on a previous modification, hoping it’s still there. And when I accidentally publish a post instead of saving it. LOL That scramble to unpublish it!

    • Jennifer

      OMG, yes! And usually the previous modification one is not the full post just like half. Ugh.

  3. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    Oh I relate to all of these. It’s not so much my Internet is slow, it is my WP dashboard takes a long time saving the draft and then I end up with Page cannot be displayed. I frantically hit the back button and pray my post is still there. I’ve started copying all my text before I hit save just in case.

  4. Lekeisha

    Girl, I curse the Internet and my laptop when something goes wrong. I had a post scheduled for a tour/blitz or something and I checked my email at work, the tour organizer wanted to check and see why it wasn’t up. “Oh f***ing hell!” Is what I yelled out. My coworkers thought I had gone postal for a minute. It happens, so you are definitely not alone.

    • Jennifer

      LOL, when it happened for a blog tour, that is the worst! I feel so bad but sometimes there is nothing we can do.

  5. kindlemom1

    Heck yes to all of these! I never knew blogging would be/could be so frustrating sometimes! I even had a review go MIA once. I did eventually find it but not before I had already started writing a new one from memory, that was the worst too!

  6. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I completely agree. I’ve learn, at least for writing reviews, I write them in Google Docs. It autosaves constantly, so I’ve never lost anything I’ve written there. I have had issues creating the posts. The rest of the formatting that goes into a post. That sucks. Like you, I have crappy internet resulting from living in a rural area.

    • Jennifer

      That’s smart. I was thinking about writing my posts in Word, that saves pretty often too.

  7. Renee (Lover of Romance)

    oh I just love this post so much because I can relate with so much of it. I always freak out when my internet is down, drives me crazy. Makes me realize how much I rely on it. And loved that you mentioned losing your place in a paperback…..worst ever. Thankfully I have decent internet so it’s not slow or anything, which is nice but whenever I get a notice from my WordPress security, it always gives me a heart attack, even though 99% of the time its just a plugin needed to be updated (but the email header always says problems found on site, so it scares me even though it shouldn’t hehe).

  8. Christy LoveOfBooks

    For sure. I had the last one happen not too long ago, but it only lasted like 10 minutes. I also had incidences where my browser crashed or accidentally closed while prepping a post, then I have to redo a bunch of it. Lame.

    • Jennifer

      Yup, good one. Browsers suck sometimes. IE crashes all the time. I try to use Chrome but it happens on every browser.

  9. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh man. I am SO glad I’ve not had much trouble with the last one. Whew. A number of my WP blogging friends have had that happen this last month and it sucked just watching THEM go through it. lol

    Gah on the ending getting closer and closer with no ending in sight. Gah!

    • Jennifer

      I had it happen a couple times when I first moved over to WordPress and Book Host, then it straightened itself out and it hasn’t happened for some time.

    • Jennifer

      LOL, I start sliding through the pages like my hands are on fire when I can tell there is going to be no ending because I want to the pain to be quick.

  10. Nathan

    Here is one you missed. You are writing something on your computer when your cat comes and lays down on your key board and inadvertently starts changing your document and somehow renames a file you hadn’t even had up! This causes a moment of panic. Don’t ask me how she did it. Last time she was at my computer she found yahoo. I don’t use yahoo.

  11. kimbacaffeinate

    OMG..yes to all of these Jen at one time or another. As for post not appearing when scheduled, you can set up a cron job that will check for posts at the top of each hour. What happens is that WP runs a check every time someone visits and if you schedule a post for 8 am and no one stops by till 11 am the post might get missed or post late.

      • kimbacaffeinate

        Because you have managed hosting you ,might need to ask Ashley for permissions, but basically it automatically checks for posts and publishes them at a set time each other unlike WP who only checks when you have a visitor. If you get a lot of traffic you can also turn off WordPresses autocheck since the cron job does it . Otherwise the cron is like a back up. So you could schedule it for quarter after the hour. At quarter after the hour it will look to see if any scheduled posts need to be published.

  12. Olivia Roach

    I love this! There are so many different things that happen to us blogger readers which we can all relate to! I know about the prescheduled one, and then sometimes it doesn’t quite work for some reason or another. I’m always checking and when it hasn’t worked out I rush to fix things up!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yup, I scramble to try to get my posts up in the morning if they don’t post at night.

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