It seems that there have been quite a few problems recently over at eHow. The problem came to my attention when I attempted to publish a How to and realized after a day or so that I had not received the usual “Your Article was Published” email. For those of you who don’t write for eHow, they instituted a plagiarism checking function that causes a delay of a day or so when publishing new articles. While the articles are being checked, it shows a status of “Unavailable.”
After a few more days, I noticed the article still wasn’t published so I moseyed over to the forums to see what was going on. Well, it only took a couple minutes to realize that eHow was having problems with their publishing function and folks are up in arms. I was amazed at how many threads were started about the Unavailable status of articles.
When things don’t go the way I want them to, I pull out my handy Serenity prayer. I do a quick assessment of the situation:
Is eHow aware of the problem?
From the many, many, many (did I say many) posts on the forum, I’d say eHow is very much aware of the problem.
Can I fix the publishing problem?
Can I expedite the fix?
Can I research articles and place them elsewhere in the meanwhile?
Reaching the Destination
As a freelance writer you are in the driver’s seat. If you’re driving along the highway and find it’s temporarily closed (construction, accident, ice – you name the reason), you have a couple of choices. You can sit in the car, fume and get angry because the highway is closed or you can get off of the highway, and take a few side roads towards your destination. As long as your radio is working you can listen to road condition updates. Once the obstacle is cleared, you have the option to get back on the main road towards your destination.
If you’ve ever gone on a long road trip I’m sure you’ve found that some of the side roads have the most pleasant scenic views, shops and cafés. It’s amazing what you come across when you are temporarily forced to take an alternate route.
Do I stop writing eHow articles?
Absolutely not. I still write them, but I won’t bother to post them until they have corrected the publishing error. If they take too long to fix the problem, I can always place the articles elsewhere. To use my daughter’s least favorite phrase “There’s more than one way of skinning a cat.”