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Do You Have These Blogging Frustrations

Have you ever written a blog post and tried to publish it, only to have it erased? Well, it seems to be happening to my wife who is now starting to blog. If any of you read my 2008 New Years Blogging goals, one of them (#12) was to get my wife blogging – yay! So anyhow, this is now the second time she has emailed me with this problem (here is her email from today)

I don’t understand what the HECK is wrong with my blog. I just wrote another post (LONG) and hit save and preview and it is gone. i copied it just in case and now, that is gone…..

PLEASE HELP!!!

Ok, first let me say, my wife is awesome. She’s one of the best people I know and not just because she puts up with me and keeps me in line, but I am blessed to have a woman as awesome as she is. Second, now she can’t be mad at me for posting her email after saying such great things about her (all true).

This happened to me as well in my early blogging days and I used to get frustrated, but now here is what I do.

First, I write my blog posts in notepad and save them.

Second, I copy them to Microsoft Word to use the Spelling and Grammar checker.

THEN, I copy it back to Notepad to get rid of the “Microsoft code” that will appear if you don’t do this. Notepad strips the extra code and allows you to paste pure text into your blogging software.

Happy Blogging!

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6 Responses to “Do You Have These Blogging Frustrations”

  • Kari:

    This happened to me once as well. Turns out it was a Typepad bug that took them almost a month to fix. Now I do exactly what you do so I don’t have to go through the frustration again.

  • That is a lot of steps to take to just blog, why not just use Windows Live Writer to write the blog in..has all of the features of WORD but no code. Happier Blogging

  • Excellent advice, Anthony. My only variation on that is that I use Metapad, which is a power variation of Notepad. One advantage is that you can click on URLs in Metapad so that you can check on the content of other online resources you may be quoting. It’s a very reliable and effective way to do your blogging.

  • I also use notepad. Which is what I also suggest my clients use when writing their blog posts.

    For those that use WordPress, it has an auto save feature that is awesome. Every few seconds it auto saves your post in progress as a draft.

  • It’s amazing how many people have an issue with not remembering to drop their text in notepad or textpad before publishing.

    …and then they wonder why the blog posts look different

  • oldschool:

    Thanks for all of the comments and feedback.

    @ Mr. Golf – With regard to Windows Live Writer, I am not really familiar with it, but my guess is that is has to have the code or it wouldn’t have the features. I could be wrong, but.. well… it’s a Microsoft product, and that’s just too simple to come from Microsoft. Kind of like the way my Microsoft rep told me the AdCenter login didn’t work in Firefox (they were right).

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