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Face Palm Moments and Making Mistakes

Photo courtesy of Loretta Eidson

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Last week, I looked like Loretta in this photo when I saw that my weekly blog mailer had sent itself not once, as usual, but twice on the sameĀ  day. I call this a “face palm moment,” when you try not to make mistakes, but you make them anyway.

Here’s what happened. Saturday, I realized that the weekly blog update had not sent to subscribers as scheduled. I logged in to MailChimp to figure out why. I could find no reason for the delay. To check for such details, you have to pause the campaign feed. I thought that I paused and reactivated the correct campaign, so it would send the next day.

Sunday arrived, and I discovered that my mailer had sent not once but twice. So I logged in again to see what was going on. Here’s how it happened:

  • On Saturday, I opened the wrong template, an inactive one that I had used to experiment with layout and colors.
  • Not realizing this, I activated that template instead of the usual one.
  • If the message did not send by the appointed time at 8 a.m. on Saturday, it sends the next day. The awful template with the yellow background for the text sent as I accidentally scheduled it.
  • The message with the correct template was hung up in the MailChimp queue so that it sent on Sunday instead of Saturday. This had happened a couple of times before. With a free account like mine, your messages are in line behind those of paying customers.

Moral: If I had left MailChimp alone, you would have gotten one message on Sunday with the correct template. Do not mess with your MailChimp set-up once it’s like you want it.

Inspiration: On Making Mistakes

I hate face palm moments because I try so hard to do everything right. But everyone makes mistakes. We must learn to look at the bright side—and there is one. Check out these quotes on mistakes.

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. ~John Powell

Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player. ~Author Unknown

The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one. ~Elbert Hubbard, The Note Book, 1927

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein

So, don’t freak out over little mistakes. Learn from them and carry on.

Readers, how to do you react to making mistakes? How have you learned from your face palm moments? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

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Photo credit: Loretta Eidson, freelance editor and fiction writer of Olive Branch, MS.

4 Responses to Face Palm Moments and Making Mistakes

  1. Cecelia L. Lester February 18, 2017 at 10:33 am #

    Emily: I have learned I make mistakes because I am human. I grew up with a parent who remembered the mistakes I made and told me about them whenever I was in trouble. I like my way a whole lot better. God forgives me each time I ask Him to.

  2. Tracy Crump February 18, 2017 at 3:42 pm #

    I just saw Loretta’s post today. Loved it!

    I hate when I send an email saying I’m attaching something and then forget to attach it, especially when that person is an editor! I’m also good at sending emails to the wrong person (autofill doesn’t always work the way I think). But I’ve had editors do that to me twice (one invited me to a meeting in Colorado), so I’m not the only one.

    No one is perfect. I just try to watch those autofills better!

  3. Emily Akin February 18, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

    I’ve forgotten the attachment many times. And autofill sure helps out when you’re in a hurry, but it can make some spectacular boo-boos.

  4. Emily Akin February 18, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Preach, Cecelia. It’s much harder to forgive ourselves than it is to forgive others, don’t you think?

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