Anyone who blogs consistently knows how hard it is to come up with fresh content all the time. And when you do, it can take hours and hours to perfect that article before it’s ready to go live.
Say you work on a post relentlessly for two or three hours one day, and a few days later you go back, make your final edits and set it up to publish next Monday. And then the Friday before you see that someone else has gone and posted their spin on the exact same idea that you worked SO hard on.
You run into a fork in the road – do I publish my article as is no amendments? Do I delete it and cry over the hours of hard work? If I publish it are people going to think that I saw XYZ’s blog post and copied the idea? Do I include a link to XYZ’s post to show camaraderie?
I’ll be honest, when I have experienced this (and it happens at least once every other week to me!) I get so angry at myself. I kick myself when I’m down. I scold myself and question why didn’t I just post it when I first had the idea. Why did I put SO much work into it, and not publish right away. Than I usually sit on the post for a few weeks before I put it live, unless I think it’s really, really good and want feedback and to share it right away. A few times I have gone back and reworked the post to be a little bit different that what XYZ published and often included a link or reference to XYZ’s post as well.
So, yesterday morning I logged onto my computer, opened up my twhirl to see who’s been updating their twitters, and found out I had been disconnected. Ok, no problem. Typed in my login information, tried again. I received an error, #2032, with the accompanying message “Sorry, could not log you in to twitter with that username and password.” Tried various times throughout the day with no success. This morning I received the same problem. I checked my connection, reset my password, rebooted and uninstalled/reinstalled twhirl. No go.
So, I went to the twhirl website, and searched their trac (help ticket center). And I found this ticket, chronicling users with similar problems. Low and behold I found my answer rather quickly after a simple search.
The problem was caused by Internet Explorer! Twhirl uses IE as a proxy to connect, and apparently somehow my IE changed itself to the “work offline” mode, causing twhirl not to connect.
So twhirl users if you suddenly receive this error message and your sure that your password is correct open up IE, goto the File menu and make sure that the “Work Offline” (located right above Close) item is NOT checked.
And let’s hope in future versions of twhirl their error reporting will be a little more intelligent so that it can detect that you are not connected and print that error message instead of saying the username/password isn’t correct.
It started out great. You were there for me when I needed you. You provided me with experiences so memorable and fun… but I’m sorry… this just isn’t going to work… I thought this little list might help you out in your next RSS relationship.