Post problems and random recommendations

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June 13, 2012 by galudwig

It’s been almost a week since my last post in which I declared I’d post at least once a week. Close call! I would have posted earlier but I’ve been having problems with wordpress the last few days. Specifically, the Add New Post and Edit Post fields were completely blank and I was unable to type at all.

AdBlocker was blocking my posts!

At first, I chalked it up to a random Chrome problem and postponed my post. But today, I decided that enough was enough and I ventured into the depths of the internet, looking for a solution. As any clever reader may have surmised by now by virtue of having read the sentence printed in bold above this paragraph, the guilty party turned out to be none other than AdBlocker.

I turned the AdBlocker extension off for this site and the problem was fixed right away. There may be people out there who are dealing with the same problem who somehow stumbled upon this post after intensive googling. If that’s you, then there you go, turn off AdBlocker, problem solved.

I find it rather amusing how AdBlocker, a Chrome extension which filters out annoying ads (I think), turned out to be blocking the words on this entirely non-commercial site. I happen to currently make a living writing thousands of words every day designed to induce people to buy or register for things. AdBlocker never seemed to have a problem with that!

Three recommendations to make you happier and more productive

I’m actually not sure what exactly AdBlocker does. Based on its name, I assume it blocks ads, but I haven’t really noticed much — though the fact that I haven’t spent all my money on viagra yet due to interesting pop-ups may be an indication that the extension works. I have, however, noticed that it creates problems for several websites. For this reason, I hesitate to recommend it.

But I’ve recently discovered the following three tools which have made my online life much more pleasant. Whoever you are, I urge you to check these out:

  • Readability is a free website which works very much like instapaper, enabling you to send articles you find online straight to your Kindle (or to a different, less awesome reading device) for later reading. You can also arrange a daily delivery of all the articles you marked that day at a set time.
  • Workflowy is one of those things that are so simple you wonder why you didn’t come up with it. It’s an online task manager and organizer which can help you split up any project or task into tiny pieces. Mark Twain once wrote that “the secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” Workflowy helps you do just that.
  • Checker+ for Gmail is a free Chrome extension which will make you either more or less productive, depending on the kind of person you are. I’ve often seen e-mail being described as a time-waster by time management gurus and productivity bloggers. That may be so if you’re someone who receives tons of e-mails and are unable to distinguish important from unimportant. Personally, I love being able to respond immediately to e-mail I deem important enough without even having to open up my browser.
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