Boy, was I bummed Friday.
As crazy as my schedule gets, I try to post to this blog five to six days a week. Not everything is astute or comprehensive. As a journalist for eight years, I've done that bit. Rather, I use this space to pen random thoughts, rants, ideas and opinions. Sometimes I simply provide lyrics of a song in my head, a quote that resonates with me or a unique photo.
I always try to say something. Friday was different. I had been wanting to write about colleague Emily Baillieul for weeks. She had taken her vacation time to help Katrina victims in the bayou and I was compelled to share her story. After putting the final touches on my blog Thursday night, I set the publish date for Friday morning only to find that Typepad, the service that hosts this blog, was down. Technical issues.
Bad timing. I had told Emily, as well as some others, that she was the feature of my blog for Friday. Typepad, from time to time, has technical issues. To their credit, the management and technical teams communicate these issues well, but the outages are not usually very long.
This was all day.
Finally, early Friday evening, the issues were mostly resolved and my post was live. Problem was, the photo I had taken of Emily was missing. Typepad posted a large text message in its place, explaining that the photo would be restored over the weekend. Would this be Saturday morning? Saturday night? Sunday?
I couldn't take that chance and deleted the image code. The error message that Typepad used pushed my text too far down the page, making the entry unreadable. Since I was traveling Sunday and Monday, I wanted the page to look good.
So now the images are restored but my photo is missing because I removed the code. I'll have to re-shoot Emily because I deleted the image on my hard drive. My choice, but frustrating nonetheless.
This is not a rant against Typepad. It's a good service. Everyone has bad days. Typepad had a really bad day on Friday. For me, the timing was bad.
Nothing can be perfect.