In case you hadn’t heard, they broke Blogger this week.
More specifically, the Google team that runs the popular free blogging software platform scheduled some routine maintenance from 10 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday May 11.
But what transpired was anything but routine. The site experienced some technical difficulties during the maintenance check and has been in read-only mode since May 12. (I checked again at 7:50 a.m. PST on 5/13 and they’re still sorting things out.)
This caused a lot of Blogger users to freak out. That included all the people in the 2011 WordCount Blogathon who have challenged themselves to post every day this month and now can’t, at least not on their blog platform of choice.
This post is dedicated to those enterprising blogathoners. Because if there’s one thing that will get you far in the writing business, it’s resilience. The ability to bounce back. Think on your feet. Come up with Plan B when Plan A falls through.
Blogger bloggers, I feel your pain. I’ve worked in the news business long enough to have experienced deadline computer crashes that killed the story I’d almost finished. I’ve done it to myself too, by forgetting to save a file and having the power go out and wipe out all my work. Or neglecting to back up my computer and then having the hard drive crash.
So here’s to resilience. Here’s to getting on with it. Here’s to creativity and the determination to keep on keeping on.
If you’re in a blogging holding pattern because of Blogger, or just want to be inspired, read more posts about what to do when the chips are down:
- Goodbye Google – 8 Internet search alternatives - Frustrated with the spam-y content showing up in Google results these days? Here are 8 search alternatives worth considering.
- 10 sure cures for blogging burnout – After a time, the early passion you felt for blogging will fade. You could quit. Then again, you could follow these 10 steps to keep your blogging love alive.
- Drano for writers: 10 tricks to get the words flowing again – Writer’s block has to be one of the worst occupational hazards of freelancing, right up there with magazines that take forever to pay.
- Why you procrastinate at work, and how to get over it – Confession: I put off writing this blog post for the better part of today.