Ideas Lost to My Stupidity

So last night, I had an incredible wave of creativity and began writing down post ideas in Smultron, a text editor on Mac, as fast as I could. I came up with over twenty different topics I wanted to write about, including a variety of sub-headings and questions I wanted to answer.

At the time, I just tacked it onto the open to-do list file that I had open, thinking all was well and good, until I decided to do a few other things. What happened next? My MacBook Pro decided to crash. Not one of those nice endless beach ball web browser is stuck kind of crashes, but instead, one of those darkened screens notifying me in multiple languages that I would now have to press and hold the power button to restart the computer kind of crashes.

This, unfortunately, meant that all of what I had wrote in the text editor, all of my wonderful ideas, were now gone. Had I written them in a draft in WordPress, the auto-save would have kept at least most of them. Had I put them in NeoOffice, I probably could have restored them as well, but instead, I put them in a basic text editor that doesn’t have an auto-save, nor any features to bring back my ideas.

Learn from my mistake, save often, or make sure to put your ideas somewhere that saves often for you.

5 thoughts on “Ideas Lost to My Stupidity

  1. Wayne Liew

    I can imagine that situation and it can be bad for a writer who are having tonnes of ideas in his mind. Using WordPress online editor gave me a bad experience as well. I have once been typing for minutes without noticing that my wireless connection to the Internet is terminated by some disruptions. What happened next is the same as yours, my laptop went hang and everything is gone in an instance.

    I am now using Windows Live Writer which auto-saves and my posts can be written offline as well!

  2. Sam MacDonald

    I’ve learned to constantly save. It has saved me many times but i’ve lost many things over the years because of a computer lockup or some other issue. My current laptop has unexpectedly went to a black screen a few times in the year or so I’ve had. It doesn’t lockup so most of the time I can still press Ctrl + S and save before I reboot but it’s not fun.

  3. WTL

    I’m a compulsive saver, which comes from growing up in Quebec in the 80s when if the wind blew, the power went out, taking whatever I had coded on my C64 with it.

    I typically use Textmate or Writeroom to write my posts, depending on my mindset, but I always autosave.

    I think this is the second time your machine has borked like this, so I think something may be up. Might be worth checking things out.

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