Wednesday, October 7, 2015

IWSG: Damned Technology!

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Insecure Writers Support Group

I almost didn't post for IWSG today because I spent 3 hours (for the 2nd time this week) trying to fix a problem with WordPress.  I can't post on any WordPress blogs. 
1) It won't accept my email and password.
2) It won't allow me to use FB, Google, or Twitter to sign in and post a comment.
3) When I try to recover my password, it tells me my acct email is invalid.
4) When I tried to set up a new acct with that same email, and it tells me the email is already being used. (YES, BY ME!!)
5) So I tried to use a different email to set up a new acct, but the activate link sent to the email won't work. 
6) Yes, I deleted my browser history and cookies. Nothing changed. Can't use the old acct, can't get a new acct. 
7) I can't complain in the forums because you need to be logged in to do that.
8) WordPress has an email for Customer Support, but they admit they'll only answer the emails of PAID users. 


Several years ago I had a similar problem being unable to comment with Explorer

So I downloaded Foxfire and it worked great!  Until it got a pop-up spam virus that opened up 3 advertising pages for every 1 blog I went to. 

OK, on to Google Chrome and Opera. (Didn't take any chances -- downloaded 2 new browsers!)  My Google Chrome works okay.  Until now, with stupid WordPress.

What about all the other things that can go wrong?  

Facebook crashed several times last week.  Twitter sometimes gives you the "Heavy traffic - please try back later" message.

Blogger once decided it detected "suspicious activity" on my blog -- and they de-activated it! And they didn't inform me, so I had worried friends emailing me wanting to know why I'd deleted my blog and if I was okay.  I know people whose entire blogs have been EATEN by blogger, never to be seen again... 

PC doc files get corrupted and won't save (usually after you've done all your important edits on them).  Hard drives crash.  PCs, laptops, tablets, and Kindles inexplicably stop working and have to go to the Techie Hospital.  Meanwhile, you twiddle your thumbs and watch TV and pray it doesn't take too long or cost too much.


Writing, revising, querying, publishing, and promoting are hard enough, but sometimes it seems like technology is OUT TO GET YOU!


What about you?  Any horror stories from the technology battlefield?



This is a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group, the brainchild of Alex J. Cavanaugh. It exists so the community of blogging writers can share and support each other, blog-hopping to cheerlead and commiserate. To find out more, visit: Insecure Writer's Support Group. Plus, check out the IWSG Website for lots of helpful info and links.
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