Facebook and Instagram have taken a holiday…

And I’m sure I’m suppose to be extremely freaked out… but honestly….

I’m only trying to figure out how to talk with the few social media friends I spoke with regularly πŸ˜‚ ( note to self, exchange emails from now on ).

I don’t even care that a combined 15yrs of pictures and videos could be lost, hundreds of networking connections gone in a blink of an eye or that I can’t scroll through and see what’s going on in the lives of the “insta famous” influencers I follow and friends and family back home πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

In a way, I’m glad this happened.

It’s shown me that I’m not dependent on social media, I just use it out of boredom, procrastination and the occasionally “What’s aunt Tilly been up to lately” πŸ’πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜„

So, for those who don’t know (which is probably very few of you) Facebook and all related apps – WhatsApp and Instagram- Crashed today worldwide.

And we’ve been given very little information as to why this happened or what caused it …

Facebook did take to Twitter and reported that they are..

“aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

And then again later, via Twitter announced…

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Other than that, social media users have received no further information as to the cause of the crash or the expected duration. And let me tell you, people are freaking out!

Twitter has exploded with tweets about the outages. #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown are now two of the top trending tags on the platform.

People are even creating tweets, joking that MySpace has finally received an open window at a chance to regain its popularity πŸ˜‚ (Anyone remember there old account info?)

Now not all of us are as lost as others. For some, the apps are only glitching and causing minor inconveniences.

But once you start trying to troubleshoot the issue (like I did before realizing what was really going on) you get logged out entirely and are unable to access anything. So you don’t even have the peace of mind of knowing your content is safe and still right where you left it.

*Deep breaths. It will all be ok

So, what’s going on? Will we wake up tomorrow and all will be well?

Or do you think this will last longer?

I’m curious to know you’re thoughts

We’re only here for a short time…

So why not make the most of it?

It’s definitely time to stop living in someone else’s shadow, or in fear of being judged harshly and treated poorly.

Seriously, life is about rejections and growth.

Life is about learning from your mistakes and coming out stronger in the end.

It’s time to take a stand in your own life and do the things you’re afraid of.

Really! We only have a short time on this earth and honestly, even that isn’t promised to us. Heck, I could fall asleep in the next five minutes and never wake back up.

We’re not promised a damn thing in this world. Or owed anything either.

If you want something badly enough, go out and make it happen.

You want to be a writer?

Then write!

You want to be published??

Then get out there and set yourself up for a couple dozen rejections and don’t stop there!

Or better yet, research the self publishing world and try that on for size πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

A lot is changing for me over the next two months and I’m both excited and nervous as hell for it. And I’ll be sharing every moment with all of you πŸ’•

Jen

I can’t Blog today! πŸ˜‚

How on earth does one manage to write semi coherent things for people to read everyday?

I can journal everyday, that’s no problem at all. But actually writing something worth while and worth taking up someone’s time to read?.. That’s a different story.

Β What do people even want to read? Do that many people even read lifestyle blogs anymore, ones that aren’t about making millions from home and quitting your job to be a full-time fashion/food lover/travel blogger?

Maybe I’ve watched to manyΒ Awkward episodesΒ and I am expecting to much from my generation these days?Β  Β Lol πŸ˜‚

Originally I started blogging (way back a few platforms ago) as a way to practice and hone my writing skills, share the books I was enjoying at the time and meet others who shared the same interests.

Blogging seemed the best platform since MySpace had ended, Facebook was (and still is) boring and Twitter just didn’t have enough characters. Lol

The downside to blogging though is trying to come up with things to write about everyday. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ§

How do you do it?

How does one come up with worth while content and stories to share on a daily or semi daily bases?

And do they even need to seem like “worth while stories” to you or do you just wing it and hope someone enjoys it?

I feel like I bounce between pure Rambles and Life updates … and if someone finds it worth while, then yeah me! πŸ˜„ lol

Otherwise the art of actually writing to bringing in clients/ followers via blogging just isn’t a skill I’ve mastered … yet πŸ˜‰

Jen

A writers time is now

“We’re not meant to be normal”

I’ve heard that so many times in the last week, in regards to writers and the overly creative hearts.

We really aren’t meant to be normal, not even a little bit. We can pretend we enjoy the nitty gritty of the real world and work right along with the best of them, building our name, climbing the ladder of success.

But are we truly happy doing it?

We can justify the money, the acknowledgment and the sense of achievement we get from moving on up in the real world…. but are we really truly happy and fulfilled?

I feel, in most cases, we are not.

Not unless that ladder and those achievements revolve around our need to be creative. Because that is our real world.

Some of us are not meant to feel fulfilled working the 9-5 gimmick.

I honestly end up feeling so stifled and hushed once I reach the point in my muggle job where things are running in an autopilot mode and I no longer feel challenged.

In some cases, I like it. The more I run on auto at work, the faster I get things done and (in reality) the sooner I am released to focus on my writing.

But In most cases, that isn’t how things play out.

I usually end up with more on my plate simply because I’ve proven myself to be a reliable asset and dedicated worker .

If only they knew I really just wanted to leave , sip on some tea and get lost in a few far away worlds.

I know this started off as smart and turned into a ramble rant lol but heck, that’s how my mind has been running lately.

Might as well just go with it

Jen

A day in the life (writing edition)Β 

Lord have mercy I made it! πŸ™ŒπŸΌ

I’ve edited over 30,000 words in 2 days 😊

Extremely nervous and excited to send this off to my mentor and good friend πŸ’š  This will be my first Solo Book…. so I’m both leary and anxious about the criticism. 

To give a tid bit about the novella: It’s a modern day romance, focusing around the life of a small business owner named John. 

Honestly, it almost reads like a cheesy hallmark movie. Those quant old fashion hallmark romances 😊   But it has its twists. 


Still working out the finally kinks and twists. But soon… very soon this child will be out in the world πŸ’š
Jen

What’s this funk I’m in?

Ever have one of those nights, where you really want to read something, yet as soon as you start reading your brain kicks in and tells you that you should be writing instead?

That’s been me for the past three nights. 

But when I grab my notebook and try to work on any one of the many WIP’s I have, nothing but jibberish comes out. 
And free writing is about the same… or worse really, since the whole point of free writing is to scribble jibberish and let your muse find its way out. 

I don’t know if I’m in a funk or if something inside me is trying to tell me something πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™€οΈ
I suppose tonight I will try revisiting my stack of notes and random story ideas to see if one of them is trying to resurrect from the depths of my mind. Write Naked- By Jennifer Probst


Expecting perfection in the beginning…how niave we are

What type of person are you?

Do you expect perfection from day one or do you allow yourself the chance to fail and become better?

For me, I tend to bounce back and fourth. One day I can be very optimistic that I am growing and becoming a little better and then the next day I can feel completely miserable with my progress or lack there of. 


I’ve read this quote a lot lately ( and a few others

Truth moment (Writer scares)

So, browsing instagram this morning (per usual) I came across this picture posted by a really awesome lady I follow πŸ‘‰πŸΌJennifer , who is one of my many online fitness motivators 😊


I feel like I could read and re-read this all day. 

This is right where I am in life. Sitting here wondering how the heck to seem like more of a professional and less like an uneducated mess.

I want to be out there in the world but heaven help me when the trolls start pouncing πŸ™ˆ  I’ve never been one to stand up (or out) in a crowd, I prefer to keep to the sidelines, even if I know what I want to say or know it could be helpful (bad Jennifer, bad 😞)

Just the thought of someone picking apart the things I put my heart into and then out into the public eye, makes me nauseous…

I know I’m not perfect.

I know practice can make one better at something. 

And, I know that I’m nowhere near where I want to be and that one day (hopefully) I will be able to stand in my own shoes without caring if someone tries to knock me down. 

But for now, I hate putting myself into something and then sitting on edge, just waiting for someone to tear me down. 

So is it true that haters only rip apart people they envy? 

And, do you ever get to a point where you stop worrying about what people will say about your work?

Jen