Thursday is the last work day of my week. I therefore like for it to be a productive day. Well, that or I'll work late Wednesday to take extra time off on Thursday. This Thursday was anything but. And technology was (mostly) to blame.
- I tend to get some early tweeting in while I have my first cup of coffee. I do this because it not only lets me ease into my day, but it also allows me to move seamlessly into managing a client's Twitter account that I also check on the in the mornings. Twitter -- as it often does -- decided to go glitchy yesterday the moment I switched from my personal account to my client's account. I don't know why this happens as often as it does. It drives me crazy. It's completely baffling. It's as though the Twitterverse is out to stop me from getting my work done. So I had a slow start.
- Then I took care of some comment management on blogs (keeping the social media-related work together). And Chrome -- the browser I'm currently using -- was being obnoxious (also as usual) by saving my passwords but not my usernames. So I had to either remember or enter usernames on a bunch of sites. And that doesn't even count all the client blogs I had to do the same for later in the evening. Frustrating. And time-wasting.
- Speaking of Web browsers, they were really out to get me. I adore Firefox. But I use Chrome now. That's because Firefox starting giving me grief a few months back. All of a sudden it became so resource-intensive that it actually started overheating my laptop. I thought I was nuts. I thought "no way can a browser do that!" But apparently it can. And it does. And not just to me. So while I was hoping it was just an issue of needing to do maintenance on my machine, it wasn't. And I had to switch browsers.
- That switch to Chrome has given me all kinds of problems. Yes, Chrome is fast. I love that. If you could give me Firefox with Chrome's speed I'd be in little blogger heaven. (And no, Firefox 4's beta doesn't even come a wee bit close in terms of speed, so that's not looking like an option in the future -- I also don't like Opera, and you couldn't pay me to use IE). Chrome also randomly won't acknowledge when I click on menu items in the right-click menu that I use frequently. And Chrome often refuses to clear my cache even when it says it did -- not acceptable when you're altering your site's code and you need to see the frontend results of the changes right away. Really, if Chrome could fix those two issues and get the damned Google Toolbar for their own friggin' browser, it would be perfect. (And please don't spout that crap about Chrome having the toolbar's features built in -- that's BS. The most common features I use there are indeed not built in -- at least not close to the same ways and quality. Like the word find tool based on your search queries.)
So I was doing research yesterday, and I was beyond frustrated that I couldn't quickly click a word find option like I can in Firefox. The info I wanted was buried in a huge page of text after all. I got so annoyed that I switched back to Firefox... which was so slow I had to switch back to Chrome... which was frustrating the hell out of me so much that I eventually just gave up and took an extended break on Twitter, which was finally working properly again (until my beloved Fail Whale made an appearance again for a while).
I got far less work done than I planned to. I was up late in the evening clearing a few things up as a result. Thursday evenings are supposed to be the start of my weekend, and instead I spent it making up for earlier procrastination resulting from tech issue after tech issue.
What's the point? I don't know. That technology occasionally bites? That it can interfere with even the best laid plans? That you'd better prepare for the worst when working on a deadline? That you shouldn't start the day expecting it to be a productive one because the technology gods will have a nice little snicker at your expense? I don't know. I'm just ranting. There's really nothing we can do when these things happen. We just have to work around the problems the best we can. And sometimes that means working late and a grumpy freelancer as a result. Then again, isn't the flexibility supposedly a perk of the job so we can account for things like this? Doesn't feel like a perk when you're working late, let me tell you.
Now you tell me. What's your least favorite tech issue that plagues your freelance writing work? Do these issues force you into a state of procrastination from time to time? Have you run into issues you absolutely couldn't work around? Leave a comment and tell us about it.
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Jennifer Mattern is a professional blogger, freelance business writer, and indie author. She began writing for clients in 1999 and started her first blog in 2004.
She owns 3 Beat Media -- a publishing and client services company which operates All Indie Writers as well as several other websites and blogs including The Busy Author's Guide and BizAmmo. Jenn comes from a background in online PR and social media consulting, having owned a small PR firm for several years before choosing to pursue a full-time writing and publishing career.
Jenn also writes fiction under multiple pen names in the areas of children's fiction, mysteries, and horror fiction. Jenn is an active member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) and currently serves as the organization's Assistant Coordinator of Promotions and Social Media.
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