You Cannot Be Serious!

So it’s a Bank Holiday

It’s a bank holiday. You wake up at 5.50am and remember – it’s a bank holiday! You don’t have to go to work; you don’t have to get out of bed. You try to go back to sleep. You fail.

You don’t really want to wake the rest of the house. You grab a book but it doesn’t hold your attention. WordPress has murdered your ability to read a book. Your attention span is shot to pieces

You set the book aside and pick up your tablet instead. You open your blog.


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You start blogging. You draft the basic outline, typing quickly. Okay, you type as quickly as possible as, for some reason, the keyboard on your tablet has a habit of jumping all over the place. One minute you’re typing a logical sentence; the next minute you’re typing in the heading, or in the middle of another paragraph. You keep having to press Undo to get back to where you are supposed to be. Crazy keyboard jumping from one paragraph to another – it obviously also has a short attention span and is easily bored. And the G key keeps falling off.

Time Check

You check the clock. It’s getting on for 7am now and you have a lot to pack into the day. It’s your only day off for a while and you have loads of shopping, gardening and cleaning to do. Oh, there goes the keyboard again – making no sense.

You expand on the blog. It’s one of those highly profitable affiliate link blogs of yours that you don’t really like writing. It’s taken ages finding the affiliate links, inserting them, inserting image links of the products, adding disclosure paragraphs, adding tracking codes to your links. It’s a long process; particularly with this keyboard.

You check the clock again. Time is ticking by. But it’s two hours well spent because your affiliate days are numbered so you need to write a great clickable desirable – I must buy it – I must buy it NOW blog post.

Alarm clock with notebook and numbers
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You spend a long time on it, making it look beautiful, oh so beautiful. You insert quotes, you search for and choose lovely images and give them detailed Alt descriptions of course. You change the size and colours of the fonts. You insert and format the headings.

You SAVE it and you check your preview and it’s all looking wonderful.

You read it again and add long tailed key words because that SEO is so important. You’ve chosen a brilliant clickable headline. This is a truly wondrous blog post.

You click on the Document tab, choose your category and write some gorgeous tags.

man on rock with arms outstretched silhouette
Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com

Check, check and check again

You save it again and run it through your Grammarly proofer and spell-check it and add some more links and it’s now 8.15am. It’s time well spent and now the rest of the day stretches ahead.

Well done, you!

Now you notice the Save Draft in the top right of the screen is flashing Autosaving repeatedly. Like a mad thing. Oh well, it will stop in a minute. You click on another tab while you’re waiting.

You go back to your blogpost. The Autosave is still flashing wildly. You feel a bit queasy. The G key has fallen off again so you spend a bit of time fixing it back into place. Everything will be OK.

Won’t it?

Eventually, you leave the page. WordPress urges you to think again. Whoa, you have unsaved changes. Yes, WordPress, you know you have unsaved changes but whose fault is that? It’s not your fault that the Autosave is flashing with no sign of stopping, is it? Anyway, you have repeatedly saved and previewed over the past two hours so there can only be a few very minor changes unsaved.

So you leave the page.

You’re now on the blog post menu page. It says you last edited the blog post an hour ago.

It will be OK. You’re sure this has happened before; many times before and you haven’t actually lost anything. It will be fine. You won’t have lost all that work.

You click on the blogpost. The blog just has a basic outline. You’ve lost it all. You’ve lost all the links. All the time-consuming links. You’ve wasted all those hours. If only you had turned over and gone back to sleep.

You remember the words of your friend, Sylvia, who said:

Blogging is for those who want something for nothing.

Sylvia 2018

And try typing that sentence when your G key keeps falling off.


Β© Michelle Le Grand

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4 Comments

  1. Ug. That’s a bad story. I usually type mine in word and then cut and paste into wordpress when I’m finished. But I’ve still had some big losses. Usually, though, it’s me who decides I don’t like it, and I delete the whole thing.

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    1. I used to type in word first but since we have the ‘blocks’ I don’t do that anymore! But I think I should go back to it! My internet has been dropping out all weekend – it may be something to do with that!

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  2. i used to write mine in an email, like im writing to known friends.
    then i copy to WP.
    now i just text posts here and stick pictures via computer later.
    what a hectic day in this post!
    i hear ya. πŸ™†πŸŒΌπŸŒˆ

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