27 March 2013

back in the saddle!

Hi, Everyone!

I'm glad to announce that the issues that were keeping me from posting have been resolved! I can now get back to a regular posting schedule, pending a few final checks to make sure everything is okay.

For those who didn't know, I was blocked out of Our Lost Jungle for a little while. For some reason the site wouldn't accept my password, or let me reset it. Then for a while I could log in, but it wouldn't let me post. Finally I was able to comment in response to your comments but not access the main site at all! It wasn't fun. During that time I tried to keep my author page on Facebook as active as possible and engage on Twitter as I was able. Unfortunately, getting everything here figured out also meant I wound up neglecting some of your emails, my "tribes" on Triberr, and a few other social interactions. If you're someone who's email went unanswered, please know I wasn't ignoring you! I'll be responding to some of you soon!

For any authors using Blogger as your primary platform: Learn from my experience! I, in part, kid: I'm still not entirely sure what happened, or entirely sure if I fixed things, Google fixed things, or they fixed themselves. But there are a few "tips" I would give you (and any blogger on any platform) to make the interim period between a glitch and a fix a little less stressful:
  1. Inform: Let your followers and readers know what's happening. One thing I tried to do was keep at least followers on Facebook and Twitter aware that I hadn't just quit on them! I'll admit, after about a week I was so frustrated I didn't want to think about explaining it anymore. But letting readers know what's happening helps you avoid losing them during your "unscheduled vacation"!
  2. Engage: Just because your blog stops working doesn't mean you should! Keep responding to readers on Facebook, Twitter, and any other platforms you're a part of. Share links to articles you've read recently. Share a funny picture. Just ... share.
  3. Investigate: Even if you can't figure out what's going on, don't just let the problem sit there unaddressed! See if you can figure out a way to access your page, and keep working to figure out what's happening. Here's another confession: I actually wasn't planning on touching OLJ until Friday, because I was afraid if it didn't work today I might've thrown my computer through a wall! Don't give up!
  4. Backup: One thing I wish I had was a backup site where I could've kept posting in the interim period. It's a hassle because it splits your readership, but having a backup plan is so useful! Even if you're only posting to Facebook, it's still a backup. And set up some password protection! In my case, I couldn't even reset my password, but better safe than sorry. Another feature Blogger has (that I forgot about until now) is the ability to post via email or the Blogger mobile app! See if one of those tools works.
In any case ... I'm back now, and I look forward to getting back into the swing of things as we move into April! I'll be announcing the winner of the Chapbook Challenge, sharing some poetry tips for National Poetry Month, and more!

Thank you, all, again for your patience ... I'll see you soon!

With All My Love,

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8 comments:

  1. I am glad you are back! I missed you.

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    1. Thanks, Carol! It was too long an undesired hiatus ... Glad it's over :)

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  2. Welcome back Khara! I've never had problems with blogger except for that one time where some of my scheduled posts went awry. Man, was that a pain. I think posting via email is a great idea with the disclaimer that your site is acting a bit crazy.

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    1. Thanks, Sopphey! I'm glad Blogger has those options (email posting, mobile posting, etc.) available; they're very helpful in a pinch. And that's a great suggestion, to include that disclaimer! I'm sure with email or mobile submissions formatting would be a bit different, so that disclaimer is a smart way to let folks know why things might look different than usual! Thanks for your comment and tips!

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  3. Welcome back, Khara, and thanks for sharing the tips.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle, and my pleasure! :)

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  4. Hey you - wondered if you'd spun off this whirling planet somehow...glad to hear to the contrary, and that you've got the kinks worked out...just in time to gallop into crazy month, huh?

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    1. Oh boy, you have no idea! Ha-ha, I'm kicking my editorial calendar into overdrive to get ready for April ... quickly followed by May's Submit-O-Rama! Hopefully my sanity keeps up with my plans :)

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