Normal Blogging Service Resumed?

Reading time: 3 minutes...excited Phew! After another very techy week problem-solving, I think things are now back to some state of normality with my Blog posts. It’s taken far too many hours days weeks getting it all working again – and I hope I never have go through all this again! 😡

The Short Version

It’s now working! If you read my blogs-posts on the big social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Tumblr etc, etc), then it’s no change for you – you’ll see my posts there as normal. However, I know a few of you access my Blogs directly at, and there’s now a slightly different web-address: Click HERE to see them.

The Long Version

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Service resumed?

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If you’re seeing this, it looks like Mr Google has sorted out the issue where posting Blogs with photos included weren’t posting. Now they are!

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The Blue Mosque, Istanbul

What! No photos!!! :(

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Since 2004, ‘Blogger’ is the platform I’ve used to post my Blogs using the App: Open Live Writer (OLW) on Windows 10.

Open Live Writer is now maintained by a group of volunteers who were donated the App when Microsoft abandoned it a few years back.

Yesterday, without warning, after years of flawless service, a major glitch affected the way OLW works.

As a result, TEXT-only Blogs post without a problem (like this one) but, Blogs containing PHOTOGRAPHS do not – 100% of the time!

At this time of writing – Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – the problem is still not fixed.

Just sayin’!

Test Schedule Blog

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I’m one of the Testers for the Open Live Writer (OLW) blogging tool. I’m using version and this is testing the SCHEDULING function.

It’s 14.20, so I’m setting the scheduler for 15.30 local time here in the UK to see if it posts to Blogger at the correct time.

Cross-posting test

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This is a test to see if my Blogs are automatically cross-posted to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. If you’re reading this on one of those three, then it’s all back to normal and working!!!


Test Cross-post

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Something needs fixing

Hhhmmmm, I think my blogs aren’t cross-posting to my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages – something needs fixing.
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If you are seeing this post on any of those sites, I’m WRONG!

The Need for Speed

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Those that know (and/or live in) the immediate area will already be aware of the crappy internet speed we get locally. For houses that are less than 20 years old, the connection opportunities are very limited. The bad news, looking forward, is there’s no opportunity to have a fibre optic connection installed here either… ever!, as all the big players have confirmed they’ve no plans to expand in this direction.

So, the traditional option is to stick with broadband-by-phone-line and ‘enjoy’ speeds of around 0.5-1.0 Mb/sec (that’s sloooooow!)

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In August last year,  I got so fed up with it, I started to look at alternatives, and via a Google search found ToowayDirect. They provide broadband by satellite, and although the service isn’t good for first-person shoot ‘em ups, and t’s more expensive than traditional methods, it’s great for all other types of broadband usage. I decided to go with them and a week or so later, we were up and running.

Almost six months on and the service has been perfect –  we’ve had only one outage – and the speeds are just so consistent. None of this ‘it’ll get slower as more people use it’ malarkey, just a reliable signal all day and everyday!


As a bit of a treat to myself, I decided to upgrade the speed package. We started off on the ‘8Mb/sec’ on installation, moved to 12Mb/sec shortly afterwards, and yesterday I went for their 16Mb/sec package. I carried out a few speed checks first thing this morning and the results looked impressive – in fact during one test, the results showed 20.5 Mb/sec!


..and check out the UPload speed too – I’m pretty sure even ‘fibre’ doesn’t offer those sorts of speeds. Especially useful if you design websites (I do!)

A very happy bunny this end!

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