Instagram problems again; this time, app won’t open for users

For the second time this week Instagram has been acting up. After an earlier incident where Instagram’s hashtag feature stopped refreshing, leaving users without their usual page traffic, the app now refuses to open for many users Monday night.

Yes. Instagram isn’t working….again.

This all comes after recent updates to the app, which Facebook owns, that introduced business profiles, analytics, and a new algorithm for showing posts on the main feed.

Instagram issued a statement on Twitter urging users to reinstall the app. This has worked to fix some, but not all of the crashes.

Once again, frustrated users have taken to Facebook and Twitter to vent over not being to access their beloved photo sharing app.


Instagram is broken: Hashtags not working, troubling smaller accounts

UPDATE 6:34 pm: The issue has finally been fixed, although Instagram hasn’t said a word.

Many users have noticed that over the past 48 hours hashtags have not been working properly on the widely-popular photo-sharing app Instagram. That’s right: Instagram hashtags are not working.

This may sound like a small issue, but hashtags are the source of pushing content to potential viewers on the app. Without a working hashtag system, many smaller accounts that rely on hashtags to get likes and traffic to their profile have seen a significant decline.

For myself, my photos that normally get 40-50 likes on a given day have been getting 10-20 likes and only from my followers. This is sad because the photos that I have been posting over the past 24 hours are some of my best that I really wanted people to see and share.

Now, I have a profile that’s almost dead. No traffic, no new likes, no new followers. Only the larger accounts with thousands or millions of followers haven’t noticed this and the issue has escaped the mainstream media.

Instagram itself hasn’t even acknowledged the issue, leaving its users in the dark about what’s happening and when it might be resolved. As a result, users have taken to other social media such as Twitter, using the hashtag #Instagramdown to voice their frustration.

This isn’t the way social media is supposed to work. It’s supposed to be a place to share content and inspire others to create new content.

So now I give a plea to Instagram for the thousands of frustrated Instagram users who have taken to Twitter and Facebook: FIX THE HASHTAGS AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUE.

Below: Instagram users have taken to Twitter:

Vlog #10: Waterfall Wednesday – Victor Falls

Here’s the tenth vlog on the YouTube channel that my brother and I started. We explored Victor Falls, a 70-foot waterfall in Bonney Lake, Washington. It’s rare to have a waterfall in the middle of an urban area, especially in Washington. Plus it’s only a few minutes from our house, so we had to check it out!

Be sure to give the video a like (and maybe consider subscribing. It would mean the world to me) and comment that you arrived from this blog!

Yes, I Kind of Disappeared & A New Cat

Some unexpected events took place during the past week that prevented me from following the blogging and writing schedule I had published.

On Saturday we adopted a new cat named Tiggy. He’s been consuming a lot of my time as we try to get him used to the house. Plus, he wants to play 24/7 and sometimes keeps us awake at night because he walks around the house meowing.

On Sunday I went to work on preparing the college newspaper for our first staff meeting. My Co-Editor and I met to spend 1-2 hours creating the agenda. We ended up spending a few more hours and rearranged the office and redid our in-house style-guide boards.

Then on Tuesday I had the first staff meeting of the year for the newspaper.

Between all of these I made sure that I devoted my time to working on my Camp NaNoWriMo novel, A Clash of Crimson.

Hopefully things get back on schedule, but if they don’t I’m fine with that too.

Until next time,


Introducing 2 new weekly series!

I’m very happy to announce that starting next week I’ll have two new weekly-recurring segments on this blog.

Ever since I started this blog in 2013 with my first posts in January of 2014, I meant for it to be a place to share my writing and promote myself as a writer. That worked for a while, but then it became a blog for me to write whatever I wanted. Then in 2016 I kind of stopped blogging entirely.

This month I’ve tried to get back on track with daily posts, all of them centered around either my writing of my YouTube channel. However, I think its time to start making this blog interesting again.

Throwback Tunesday

There have been Throwback Tunesday sections on other websites in the past, but they have often been abandoned. For me, I mostly listen to throwback tunes.

The idea behind this weekly post on Tuesdays is for me to share a song or album and write a little bit about it. I’ll probably show pictures of my vinyl record collection (now 448 records strong) and rant about how much better music was before I was born.

Music plays a huge role in my life, so I think it will be fun to share a little bit about how it inspires me.

Write-it Wednesday

Maybe starting next week I’ll be posting fiction again! Posting short stories on this blog proved to be a big hit last year, but I haven’t posted anything since.

I have a ton of stories that I’ve written and plan to do nothing with, so I’m exciting to start sharing them.

Hopefully this brings new visitors to my blog and helps to make up for my long absence.

Until next time,


P.S. Camp NaNoWriMo is still doing well! I forgot how stressful Chapter Three was.

Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 6

Welcome to day 6 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

After writing yesterday’s blog post I sort of kicked it into high gear with my novel. I realized that I really want to finish rewriting this to the point that I start writing new chapters all the way until the end.

Of course, that means that some of my edits aren’t going to be perfect and some scenes will be left mostly how they are. But, that’s okay for now because the novel isn’t even done yet. I’ll worry about trying to be perfect AFTER I write “The End.”

I’ll just walk away knowing that my novel is better after this Camp NaNoWriMo than it was before I started rewriting. That’s all that matters: It’s better.

Yesterday I passed the 13,000 word mark in my rewrite and reached the end of Chapter Two. That’s a big achievement this early in the game, because I only have 11 chapters written, and many of them are much shorter than Chapter Two was.

How I finished rewriting the dreadful second chapter:

Yesterday I complained that Chapter Two was awful. Well, I’m feeling a little bit better about it now. I ended up keeping the plot of the chapter exactly the same.

I expanded a scene in the middle of the chapter where the main character, Arrellia, originally was just corner by merchants who wanted to mug her and was rescued by an old man named Tancard and her knight in shining armor, Bedric. Now, she actually does kind of get mugged, which adds a bit of a thrill to the chapter. Plus, I was able to hint at the dangers of a certain coin Arrellia was given, whereas originally she was just given it and it later came back to bite her. Kind of a plot hole right there. But that’s all cleared up now.

I also made Tancard a little bit creeper by adding only an additional line of dialogue. Originally he gives Arrellia a letter for her grandfather and she thinks nothing of it. This time around she realizes that this stranger had the letter prewritten, and Tancard admits that it wasn’t a chance meeting.

Ooo, mysterious.

Hopefully today will be another great day of writing!


Until next time,



Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count as of 1:28 pm: 13, 555



Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 5 & Fireworks Video

Happy day 5 of Camp NaNoWriMo!

I haven’t done any writing yet today, but I’ve finished some very important world building to assist in my rewrite. It partly had to do with reorganizing the main country’s government and actually drawing the capital city so that I could keep everything straight.

Now I’m hoping to get 2,000 words written today.

Chapter Two is really just a big mess. It’s my least favorite chapter in the original draft of my novel, and I’m starting to see why.

  1. Even though there’s a really good hook to start off the chapter, it quickly loses steam. There’s plenty of big events in the chapter to keep it interesting and to build the plot, but it just doesn’t seem to work.
  2. There’s a lot being introduced to the readers here
  3. It’s 17 pages long, which would be fine if it was better

So, I’ll be trying to work through that chapter or at least figure out how to make it better.

In the meantime, I also uploaded a new video to the YouTube channel. It’s just some of the neighborhood fireworks from last night’s Fourth of July festivities. Now you can see why I’ve been annoyed by people letting them off all week. There’s just so many people in the neighborhood lighting them off.

Until next time,


Camp NaNoWriMo Word Count: 8004

A Happy Fourth of July & Another Day of Camp NaNoWriMo

It’s that one holiday today, the one where we celebrate the birthday of the United States and when we declared our independence from Great Britain. It’s also a day where people think that they have to launch dozens of fireworks into the air and watch them explode into pretty colors: pink, red, yellow, blue, green, orange, the list goes on.

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Camp NaNoWriMo: Day 2

It’s day 2 of Camp NaNoWriMo. I haven’t done much today because I spent a few hours at a party for the college newspaper. Our long-time production manager is retiring and we threw him a party.

So, I’ll be working on my novel for the rest of the night as I delve into rewriting/revising Chapter 2.

I hope everyone is doing well. Let me know how your writing projects are going in the comments.

Until next time,


Current Count as of 10:05 pm: 4838