So this weekend, I wrote a blog post for today. Lo and behold, WordPress didn’t want to let me publish it–it instead hung indefinitely when I clicked publish.
Since I returned to blogging, this isn’t the first time I’ve had this problem. In fact, it’s the third–which, for a site that’s had four new blog posts (one of which won’t see the light of day, at least not here) since I returned–is absolutely abysmal.
Originally, I assumed the problem had to do with using Word’s blogging plugin–something I tried on the first post. I didn’t copy/paste in from Word (which I know has been troublesome for a lot of people), mind you–I used their built in blogging features. Still, WordPress refused to let me schedule the post (in fact, that particular post still can’t be edited–I found a workaround to publish, but I can’t edit or tag it without causing WordPress to hang).
Fair enough, I thought. So the next article I did, I typed in manually. Again I had troubles, but this time I found the offending segment and fixed it. Annoying, but not horrible. WordPress, for some unknown reason, made me change my wording; oh well.
And the third article I did went without problems. I was hopeful that everything had been cleared up.
Not so. Not even close. This last article hates me for two quotes I put at the beginning of the article, both of which are essential to the article, without which the article doesn’t make sense, and which can’t be modified, because, well, they are quotes. And yes, I’ve tried deleting and retyping them. I’ve tried manually editing the HTML code instead of messing around with the WYSIWYG editor. I’ve tried everything–nothing works except removing the offending quotes.
So I don’t care if there is an explanation (though I would like one). I don’t care if WordPress has some sort of reason for not being able to accept my input. I’m done with this service. Back when I originally started using it, I thought it was fantastic (I had just moved over from Blogger). I don’t know where I’m going next, but I can tell you I won’t be staying. I gave WordPress a lot of chances, because I really do love the administrative features and interface. The point of a blogging service is to help the user publish their words–not to require them to change their words around and mess around with their paragraph order for a few hours trying to make a post. It’s already enough work to write these posts. I’m not going to spend more time then I need to getting them to work.