I'm Having a Bad Day

United States
August 5, 2009 9:50am CST
OH MY GOODNESS! I should know better, but I just wrote a review on Associated Content. When I went to hit "Save and Next" somehow I'd inadvertently been logged out and lost all the work I just wrote! I should have saved it in a text file on my computer first, because I know things like this happen, but I didn't, obviously... I am so frustrated now after losing all the words I just wrote for my review! UGH! How often does this happen to you, or are you smart enough to always save the text before hitting submit??
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29 responses
@jules67 (2790)
• Philippines
6 Aug 09
It happened to me one time when I was writing a blog. I poured out all my fresh ideas and emotions to it. I said myself that yeah, I wrote something good. All of a sudden, the computer just conked out and all my hard work is gone. I let time pass by first before I rewrite everything good that I had written or whatever was left on my mind.
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• United States
5 Aug 09
Doesn't that just make you want to spit fire. I always write it on my computer and then send it to Associated Content. I've never had that happen because I know it will. I can't wait to read your rewritten article.
• United States
5 Aug 09
LOL thanks...
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@Citychic (4071)
• United States
5 Aug 09
having a bad day............ Hey friend, sorry to hear that you are having a bad day. I never bother with saving any of my text. But it does happen to me every once in a while. I'm also a member of AC but I haven't been there in ages, I don't even know if my account is still open there or not. Anyhow good luck to you and hope your day gets better. Happy mylot!PS: I guess the reason why I don't bother to save text is because that's just another thing that I would have to do on computers and oh well that's just the way that story goes! I'll get to it when I do it!
• United States
5 Aug 09
Thanks. I am sure the day will get better. It was just a dumb mistake on my part, my own fault. : /
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@Hatley (164168)
• Garden Grove, California
6 Aug 09
I havent had it happen of writing a review but I have had the worst day here at mylot today having responses after I had worked hard to make them as good as I could just fly out the window. I tried hitting the back key but it didnt work. I dont know if this is a glitch on mylot today or if its something else. I would be u pset too if I had written a carefully worded review and had it flew out the window. better luck to both of us next time. I have been having this happen for several days. hatley here
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@glords (2614)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I've heard of AC. How fast do you earn money there? I'm not too interested in investing a ton of time into another website, mylot is time consuming enough, but maybe it might entice me to try it once if it doesn't take too long to reach pay off.
@mommaj (22878)
• United States
6 Aug 09
AC is a writing website. You can earn money right away. No pun intended. If you submit an article for upfront payments, it may take up to a week or 10 days for them to let you know if it is approved. Most articles usually take 3 days for an offer. You earn off of page views as well. I have always earned at least $15 a month in page views. Currently I am earning between $20 and $30 in page views which is paid out the second Wed of every month. Upfront payments are paid immediately. I have made up to $350 a month for writing 4 articles a day, 5 days a week. It took me about an hour an article. If you have any questions feel free to ask. We will all take a turn at answering them. LOL
@glords (2614)
• United States
6 Aug 09
that sounds very interesting. who selects the topics?
@bziebarth (228)
• United States
11 Aug 09
I have had my internet decide to mess up while saving an article. That is why I always write my articles in a word processor first, get the article the way I want it, and then submit it to Associated Content, Helium, whichever website I am submitting it to. I do this for several reasons. I get to keep a copy of my article. I am a member of several online article sites. I do not submit the exact same article to multiple sites, however, I do take an article and rewrite a copy for each site. I also save all my articles as research for future articles on the same or similar topic. I use my articles for future books. I will outline a book I want to write then write an article for each heading. I have not finished writing all the articles for a book outline yet. My plan is to take each article (once I have worked an outline completely) and compile them into a book. This is just a couple reasons why I keep copies of my articles. It may be a good practice for you to consider.
• United States
11 Aug 09
Yes you raise some good points. Thanks for the input. I have tried to make it a habit of writing my article in Notepad before submitting to the other sites.
@dawnald (84206)
• Shingle Springs, California
6 Aug 09
I'm not always that smart and where it happens to me most is HERE because if you tab too many times and lose your input, the back arrow doesn't get it back for you!
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• United States
7 Aug 09
Yes, I have to admit that at MyLot it happens most frequently. Not so much at AC, but it did that particular morning. I was stupid and should have known better, and that's what is most disappointing. Ah....
• United States
5 Aug 09
I've never lost any work because I do all my writing in a text file. I don't see how you can expect to do a proper editing job any other way. I go over my work several times before I submit it, and by then it's also been spell checked and gone over with a fine tooth comb to make sure it says exactly what I want it to say. The only time I would write directly on a site is when I'm doing a quicky blog post or commenting in a forum. I would never trust anything longer than a paragraph or so to the internet, I've seen sites go down right in the middle of a submission, and you can also lose your connection without warning. My text editor is also set to do automatic saves at very short intervals, so if the electricity went out or my computer hiccuped, I wouldn't lose very much. I hadn't thought about it before, but this makes me kind of wonder if a lot of the bad writing on Associated Content and other content sites is a result of people doing their writing onsite and never bothering to do any editing.
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• United States
7 Aug 09
Thanks for assuming I am a bad writer and don't edit my work. I usually read it over a few times right in the box and then again after I've submitted it to see if I need to go back and make any changes. I am so glad you decided to be so condescending in your reply, greatly appreciated!!
@oscar6 (1938)
• United States
17 Jun 11
I am sorry that this has happened to you. I usually write all my articles in word and then paste them into the box. By doing it this way I insure that I wont have to rewrite any of my articles. This has never happened but if by some freak accident associated content loses an article I have submitted for upfront payment then I will have a backup to resubmit.
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@munhozmib (3840)
• Sao Paulo, Brazil
8 Aug 09
Hello there! Well, that was something that nobody wants to see happening. But it does happens sometimes. Here, in my notebook, sometimes I press many keys together (not completely used to the keyboard), and, I don't know how, all the text gets deleted. I guess it is the esc, and, since I press other keys too, control z won't work. Dangerous, specially in big texts. But it happens. And I guess it happens to the most of people. Respectfully, Munhozmib.
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@mjhicks (319)
• United States
8 Aug 09
Only had that problem til I had three articles published and was given the paste feature. Even then what I wrote was first in a text file so I just hand copied. I goofed up a few times learning to navigate through the tools and had to start over but having the original work saved made a big difference. I always create and save as a text then just paste to AC. Since I mostly do non exclusive page review stuff only I like to have a copy of anything I write on hand to share or publish. If you are able to paste do all your writing as a text file first then you have a copy right at hand. AC sometimes loses things or deletes stuff for no apparent reason too. What name do you write under at AC? I'm Mary Hicks... there are two of us I'm the one from Lynwood and have the orange avitar.
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• United States
7 Aug 09
That used to happen to me a lot in Helium. I did learn to do it in word first and then copy and paste. It has saved me a lot of heartache. Now it's just second nature to me and I never even think about writing directly to the site. Hope you have better luck in the future.
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• China
6 Aug 09
hey guy, how careless are you! who like us always staying on the web often make this kind mistake, why did you do it again? it is a good lesson of you.
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• China
6 Aug 09
Oh, friend. Sorry to hear that, but don't be sad, nobody is perfect, isn't it right. The biggest mistake I made was that I lost my admission card just before I went to the examination room. Haha. Chinese people alaways say " A fall into the pit, a gain in your wit". Things' already happened, what we can do is smile to ourselves, and say Doesn't Matter.
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@lala501 (1533)
• United States
6 Aug 09
Yes this happened to me exactly on here.I wrote a very long answer to a discussion. Than I accidentally pressed the exit button. I was so mad at myself for doing that.
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@pyewacket (44032)
• United States
5 Aug 09
Sorry to hear that happen to you. I too write for AC, but I always write my articles first in my text edit, save it, then copy it and paste it in the body of the text area on AC--sometimes I even first type out my discussion topics (if they're long) for here on my text edit....just in case
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@grace118224 (1040)
• China
5 Aug 09
Well it did happen to me very often in the past. i lost lots of files i just worked very hard to type because i failed to save them at first before there was something wrong with the computer. Now i won't make this kind of mistakes at all.i will be very careful when i am tying long stories i save it while i'm writing .
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@peavey (16991)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I never write an article directly into their (or anyone else's) text box. All my work is done in a text editor on my computer and saved to a certain file. Only when I'm happy with it, then I paste it into their text box. I keep copies of everything because people plagiarize and also because what I write can sometimes be reused or become the basis or inspiration for another article.
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@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
5 Aug 09
I always type in Word first, mainly to check my spelling...lol. Sorry you lost everything. Hope you can remember it to put it back in there again.
@carolscash (9498)
• United States
27 Aug 09
I try to write into word first and then copy to AC so that I don't lose it. I have that happen a lot here when there are glitches in the system and it drives me crazy! I hope that you have done more articles since this was written and I am sure that this taught you a good lesson.