My blogging faux pas

February 28, 2008


oops [Blog] Yes, everyone makes mistakes and a little over a month ago I had quite a funny one.

I use special software for blogging and typically when I get an idea for a blog post, I open up the software, write the title of the post and save it as a draft. Usually I’ll come back later and write the content. At any given moment I may have 6 or 7 drafts waiting to be written.

Now in order for this to make any sense I have to explain how most people get my blog posts. Some people just visit the blog on a regular basis or whenever they think of it. Several people actually set up an email subscription (which you can do by putting your email address in the email subscription box on the top left hand side of this page). A few others get this through rss feeds (they get it through special rss reader programs which is becoming more popular as you can use Outlook 2007, the newest update of Internet Explorer or even Google reader which is what I use). If you have signed up for the email subscription, you will get an email from the site once a day if I wrote any posts. The email doesn’t go out when I post, but at a set time every day. If you subscribe to the rss feed through a reader, then you will get the post immediately after I hit the post button.

Okay, back to what I did. Two days ago I wrote about my new product “Boudreaux’s Butt Paste,” but it wasn’t the first time. Following the routine that I normally do, I got home and typed “Boudreaux’s Butt Paste” as the title of a new blog post. I figured I would type in the rest of the content in a few days. Instead of hitting “save as a draft” I accidentally hit the button “post.” Immediately, a post titled “Boudreaux’s Butt Paste” went live on my site with no content explaining what this mysterious product was and why I would bother writing something like this on my web site. What kind of blog is this anyway? I immediately took the post down. Those of you who subscribe through email would never know since the email only goes out once a day. And for those of you who do not subscribe but just visit every now and again… well you had to have visited within the minute or two while it was live. However, the very few people who subscribe via rss feed actually got this post. I know because I subscribe to the feed (vain, isn’t it?) and I got it.

What I think is even funnier is that no one questioned it. I do know that one or two people may have gotten it. I’m not sure what I think about the lack of response. Perhaps those few rss subscribers saw the post, noticed it was from my blog and thought, “it’s from Kenny, what else would I expect?”


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