Day 2038: I give up!

In the last two thousand and thirty-eight days of blogging and living, I have never said, written, or thought, “I give up!” Today, I am saying, writing, and thinking it. Why? Because starting yesterday, every time I use my laptop to try to create a new blog post, contact WordPress support, or do many other essential tasks, all WordPress gives me is this unhelpful, unchanging screen:

That gives me nothing and no way to post or to get help.

I’ve given this a lot of time and many attempts at solving this. My mind is giving me no more ideas and options.

I give up!

But I can NOT give up blogging, no matter how many new obstacles life gives me, because this blog and my readers give me so much.

So how can I keep giving myself and my readers more daily gifts?

My phone does not give me the ability to contact WordPress for help, but it does give me the ability to create a new post.

So I can give you, today, this daily blog and give you my latest photos.

Harley is obscured there, just like solutions to my blogging problem are hidden from me now. Is it curtains for my blog? Or will some solution become clear and emerge?

Is there a recipe of steps that will give me back the ability to blog from my laptop? If not, maybe I can give myself comfort with the delicious food Michael gives me.

Maybe some computer genius, somewhere, will give me some solution to my WordPress problem. If not, I’ll just keep blogging, giving up disappointment and judgment.

This is the kind of look I give the world when I’ve had no sleep the night before. I’m going to give my haircutter, Mia, a look at this photo the next time I see her, so she can give me a similar haircut next time.

Even if nobody can give me the answer on how to blog again on my laptop, my phone will be just that good as my daily blogging machine.

I give my patients the choice of five “Coping and Healing” groups every week. This gives me tremendous satisfaction.

If you were lost in the woods — of WordPress or elsewhere — and it got dark, what would you do? I’ll give you all the time you need to think about that.

Michael keeps giving us amazing meals — that’s the one he gave us last night before we gave my son Aaron a ride to the airport.

I took this photo to give me a clue about how to find my car in the enormous and confusing parking lot at the airport, which always gives me a headache.

After I took that picture, we did not give up when we were told that Aaron needed a printed-out visa to board his flight to India, even though a website had given him the erroneous information that he could board by giving the visa information on his phone. Michael and Aaron gave me his bags to watch while they ran to the Hilton Hotel, which had printers which gave Aaron what he needed.

I give up trying to explain that any better.

Is it time for you to give up some comments below?

First, give it up for Jason Mraz performing “I Won’t Give Up.”

I now give up thanks for all people, animals, and things that help me create this daily blog, despite all the obstacles life gives me.

… “You’re golden!”

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44 thoughts on “Day 2038: I give up!

  1. I say oy to the WordPress dilemma, Ann. That is quite a jam. It seems in my quite uneducated opinion that your laptop is somehow stuck, and a you are right that a WordPress rep should be able to talk you out of that. I also find it unfathomable that there is no way to contact a rep via the Phone WordPress app, considering that’s the method for so many bloggers these days. Maybe another blogger in our circle who uses their phone to post can help!

  2. More WP “Enhancements” go into effect today, one making “Publicize” more difficult to manage. WP keeps providing enhancements that want me to use a different platform.

    If you get pulled over, use that look. The cop will walk up to your car, see that look (and your cool doo), decide it’s not worth it, wish you a good day and walk back to his/her cruiser.

  3. while i am the last person on earth who might be able to help you with a wp/tech problem, i’m in your corner and i’ve gone through similar craziness with them. finally, by some glitch, it worked again, though not in the same way it did previously. ray is right about them making changes today, so that could explain some of it, but i know how frustrating it is. thanks for not giving up!

  4. Harley, Harley, wherefore art thou Harley?

  5. Glitches with WP are beyond frustrating. Your glasses are great- and I love how they match your hair, if that is any consolation 🙂

  6. I’ve come to the conclusion that computers have become too important to be left in the hands of programmers who too often ignore what users need. I’m unlikely to give up this belief and have spoken to programmers who say it’s a problem and one they try to fix. Now I realize programmers should be like chefs: instead of deciding for us what we should eat they should consider what we need and like.
    I’m afraid this doesn’t really help with your current situation, though.

    • Two of my kids are programmers, one with a PhD are you working in academic research and the other for a game company. Another is an engineer. My daughter-in-law works for Google. So I developed some new insight into the difficulties of programming.

      I’ve learned that programmers are almost always users of technology, of course,who are more aware than most of us of the problems that we run into. It’s just very very difficult to write code that does exactly what we want it to without causing other minor glitches that will also take huge amounts of time to fix and possibly cause extra problems for some users. Figuring out what is causing the bug and fixing it can take days or weeks and you’re really working in the dark sometimes, because it may turn out that a bug only happens when someone presses 3 random keys at a particular moment in the program. Anticipating everything before it happens requires a kind of genius. And if you’re working for a corporation, you have to also work within their time schedule and guidelines and with the people they have hired. Corporations are not going to let you go rogue with their technology just because you have a great idea.

      The problem is often that everything we use these days from a car to a motor to a blog requires somebody to program something and often the people who are doing it, for example the engineers, were not ever taught how to code but had to pick it up on the fly. But even if you have a strong background in programming, you face a lot of obstacles because each program or motor or game has to communicate with almost an infinite array of hardware, software (like browsers) and different user needs. Even if you’re making something that seems to be entirely hardware, like a precision motor or a dishwasher, you have to write code for it and almost nobody who buys it even knows that.

      What I see is that all three of my kids who have to program as part of their work or education have virtually no free time because they are debugging or testing after hours day after day. They really do have lots of genius ideas about how to make things better, but each genius idea takes many hours or even thousands of hours of working out math on the board, writing and then testing and then writing and testing, and perseverance. Something as simple as writing a program that will generate scenery or levels for a video game can be difficult enough that a good solution may be published in a peer-reviewed journal. (As one of my kids did) And, contrary to perception, many programmers and researchers in computer science are fairly low paid, unless they are lucky enough to work for Google.

      There may be lots of people who work with packaged software or in customer service who aren’t skilled programmers. But I think that most programmers work lots of hours unpaid to make life better for us. They are unfortunately often depicted as anti-social geeks, when my observation is that they are as likely as the rest of us to be readers, writers, piano players, music lovers, inventors, painters, poets and nature lovers, not to mention kind and generous.

      I used to use the terms “programmer” and “coder” almost dismissively until I got this up-close glimpse into their lives and I realized that the creative, complicated work that some of them do is as hard as designing spaceships or cracking the gene code. And more and more, our lives are in their hands.

      • Thank you—and you’re absolutely right, I shouldn’t be so dismissive of programmers as a whole. I work in an academic library and for years have worked with small, specialized companies that provide library software. I shouldn’t disregard how hard most programmers work and how much we depend on what they do.

    • I give thanks for the gifts I get from amazing readers, like the two of you!

    • Ah,good point. (I don’t really consider people who are installing or trouble-shooting pre-packaged software, or software made by someone else, to be programmers. There is a lot of expensive bad software out there – like the Government of Canada’s accounting software that keeps not paying or overpaying their employees.

  7. Here’s a hug. Pull it out anytime you need one. Technology. Demonic and wonderful. Don’t give up blogging. Your phone works fine. Maybe the work tech person has some ideas? I’m sure some kind person will come up with a solution. In the meantime-you look fabulous and you are strong and capable. Go forth and we’ll follow.

    • Thanks for giving me a hug! Don’t worry, I won’t give up. Also, Maureen/Sitting on my own Sofa kindly came up with a solution. And it takes one fabulous-looking, strong, and capable person to know another one.

  8. I am so glad that you have not given up on blogging even though WordPress has made it difficult for you. I really love this particular post, which is so like the real life days that most of us have, only better because you are telling it. I am glad that Michael and Aaron found help at the Hilton and that Michael made a delicious meal and you found your car.

    I haven’t written anything on WordPress for a long time so I can’t help much with your mystery. But I have three suggestions. One would be to clear your cache, then restart your computer. The second would be to try logging in with a different browser, for example Chrome or Firefox rather than Safari. And if you can’t contact WordPress, try Tweeting to them or having one of us send them a screenshot and a request for help. I could!
    Good luck!

  9. Ann, Whatever you give up, don’t let it include Michael. Those great meals he prepares are worth adopting the saying; “Never give Up!” instead.

  10. Don’t give up blogging even when WordPress is giving you a headache which it does at times.

  11. Ugh. And triple ugh. Have you tried using a different browser to open up your WP? Clearing the cookies and browser you are using?

    I hope there is an answer soon. I’m sorry for this frustration!

  12. I’m super impressed at how elaborate a post you were able to do with your phone. I’m also excited to see that people outside the South are eating collard greens.

  13. Now, c’mon, you don’t know how to give up. You’ve done all this on your phone? I rest my case

  14. Oh vey ….. funny how things collude to bring worry, but also hope. You are not alone Ann,and help is nearby. Just as the Sheraton was. That’s life.

  15. A word or two for balance here… is moving so fast. Different platforms and different options take time to get in synch.
    May we find mindfulness in the mindless interconnectivity of blogging.❣️

    • What you give us on WordPress helps us all achieve balance and mindfulness, Val! Thanks for giving so much of yourself here. ❤

  16. I’m having trouble with my iPhoto program and I feel like I can’t give up…but in the conflict, believe me, I’m not winning! 🙂 Technology seems to have a life of its own and I can only move so fast. I think your posts are indeed a gift, so I’m glad that no matter the obstruction, you’re finding a way around it!

  17. Wow you had so many great comments! So I’ll just say that the food Michael cooks for you looks so good!!

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