Publish and Perish

2E68BE4E-66FA-4257-971D-01E23B6D62B9Earlier today I once again I accidentally published a post before it was fully baked. I hate when that happens. When I realized that I published the post prematurely, which was within seconds of my mistake, I went into the WordPress app and reverted the status of the post back from published to draft.

I’m assuming, however, that by the time I did that, the damage had been done. My post probably showed up in the WordPress reader and in the email inboxes of those who follow my blog. And for anyone who tried to link to my erroneously published post, they probably got the WordPress “Oops, Something Went Wrong” message. Oh the horror!

Undoubtedly, the cause of this premature publication issue is that I blog exclusively via the WordPress app on my iPhone. In case you don’t know this, an iPhone’s virtual keypad is a lot smaller than the physical keyboard of a laptop or desktop computer. Touch typing on a smartphone’s virtual keypad is virtually impossible.

Thus, it’s really easy to fat-finger the wrong thing (e.g., “publish” instead of “save as draft”) on a smartphone. And that is apparently what I did.

So I apologize to those who attempted to read my mistakenly published post only to find nothing there.

Tangentially, I went to Google Images to find a picture to place at the top of this post, which is something I do for most of my posts. I searched using the term “fat-fingered,” hoping I could find a funny image of some klutz like me fat-fingering a smartphone’s virtual keypad.

DO NOT SEARCH GOOGLE IMAGES USING THE SEARCH TERM “FAT-FINGERED.” Trust me, there are certain images that can’t be unseen.

19 thoughts on “Publish and Perish

  1. cagedunn March 28, 2018 / 6:15 pm

    I must be a bit slow – I missed it; but the fat-fingered thing … it’s so hard to know exactly how to word things for a google search so I don’t get back so much more than expected …

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  2. baddadcartoons101 March 28, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I have the iPhone + which I like the slightly extra size just for drawing and typing but I know what your saying. But on the bright side, if we still had those micro sized flip phones, thank of the “fat fingering” mistakes we’d make! Good posts today in spite of your issues.

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    • Fandango March 28, 2018 / 10:25 pm

      Ah, flip phones. They were once all the rage, weren’t they? They were the Zippo lighters of the cellphone world.

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  3. She March 29, 2018 / 12:00 am

    You know that is exactly what every one of your followers is going to search for now 😁😂🤣😆😁

    I did click on your premie-post and it did indeed redirect me to an oopsie. You are not the only one though, so I wouldn’t fret 😁😁😁

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  4. Sight11 March 29, 2018 / 3:06 am

    I didn’t search it. But now I know your ways to use Google.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. rugby843 March 29, 2018 / 8:33 am

    On my computer years ago I missed one letter in some search, left while it loaded to get coffee. Came back to see a huge graphic from a porn site! It was only funny because my grandkids were not by my side. Otherwise I’d have had some explaining to do.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. newepicauthor March 29, 2018 / 12:44 pm

    My search showed, “The naughty fatness made her feel giddy with lust but it also gave her an unashamed feeling of love.”

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Marilyn Armstrong March 30, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    It doesn’t matter HOW you do it — phone, computer, laptop, Kindle, whatever. They COULD give us an “Are you sure you are ready to publish?” message, but they don’t, so if you hit the wrong key when all you meant to do was update — it’s gone. I used to get really upset about it, but now, I figure everyone will dope it out for themselves. It is an extremely common accident and happens to EVERYONE.

    So there are two things those busy little fingers of the WordPress “happiness engineers” could do that might be useful.

    1) give us a retraction choice for publishing, and
    2) give us a 15 second ability to retract a comment before it goes live.

    Since they seem to always be messing with the software, they might as well do something useful.


    • Fandango March 30, 2018 / 7:12 pm

      Way back when (2006), I had a blog on blogger and there you had the opportunity to preview your comments before submitting them. I think that’s still a feature on Blogger. I wish WordPress would add that feature, as well as the “are you sure” question before actually publishing the post. As you said, it seems like that would be a simple, but highly valued, feature.


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