Blank Post (on Post and Preview)

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    When I publish or preview a particular post, it publishes as a blank post. I can publish/preview a post with the single word “Test” but not a particular post. The first attempt mangled the code. Any suggestions?

    The blog I need help with is



    Can you paste the code here, between backticks?


    Sure, text as follows:

    A restored edition of Ernest Hemingway's <em>A Moveable Feast</em> was produced in 2009. In this substantially <a href="">revised edition</a>, Hemingway's grandson, Seán Hemingway, removes the last line, "This is how Paris was when we were very poor and very happy," and excises the chapter "There Is Never Any End to Paris". This may prove disconcerting to readers drawn to read Hemingway's youthful account of his days as a young writer in Paris through Enrique Vila-Matas's <em>Never Any End to Paris</em> which refers frequently to both phrase and chapter title.
    <em>Never Any End to Paris</em> is a fictional memoir in which Vila-Matas exorcises the mostly literary ghosts of his time as a young, impoverished writer in Paris. After reading <em>A Moveable Feast</em> at fifteen years old, the narrator decides to emulate Hemingway. Unlike in Hemingway's expurgated phrase, Vila-Matas's narrator is very poor and very unhappy in Paris.
    There are several good online reviews of <em>Never Any End to Paris</em>, my favourite is David Winter's <a href="">review</a>:
    <blockquote>The book, or lecture, tells of the ‘farcical garret life’ of a writer ensnared in the error of becoming a writer. Becoming, perhaps, Vila-Matas, or else his nameless namesake, the lecturer, an old man immersed in the ‘irony’ of his ‘not having been aware of irony as a young man’. In a Borgesian take on the problem of types and tokens, the place where these identities overlap is the very place they diverge. The protagonist labours absurdly over his first novel, The Lettered Assassin, a project whose preposterous aim is ‘to kill its readers’. In reality, Le asesina ilustrada (1977) was the second of Vila-Matas’ novels. Do the two books coincide? Such questions are raised but never resolved, which is why Never Any End to Paris resembles an edge or an opening, not onto anything outside itself, but onto literature, a leap from a sheer drop, located within the book’s written limits. In this sense, the text may best be read as its own invention, with no prior knowledge of the life of its author. The true world the book opens onto is one where a writer called ‘Enrique Vila-Matas’ never existed. Let alone Hemingway. Let alone Paris.</blockquote>
    Vila-Matas succeeds with the tricky "novel about a writer trying to write," a sub-genre that normally bores me. Though some of the humour feels over-laboured, I enjoyed the literary references and the narrator's attempt to comprehend the thirteen novelist's protocols listed by his landlady Marguerite Duras.


    It sounds like you created an Aside rather than a standard post. I never ever use!/post/ on the main page of because it creates Asides and Asides are post formats. They don’t have Titles and can’t have Categories assigned to them.

    Aside – These are brief snippets of text that aren’t quite whole blog posts. Useful for quick thoughts and anecdotes

    You ought to be able to go here > Dashboard > All Posts > Posts and locate the post. If it’s not there then look in your Drafts. Edit the post and add your video to it and even change the post format to a Standard post format.

    Standard – Your normal, average, everyday blog post. This is the default styling for your theme.



    Always log-in directly to your own blog and always create your posts in your blog here > Posts > All Posts > Add New


    No, it is a standard post, and I create my posts precisely as you suggest. Thanks.


    I’ve removed all formatting from the post, changed the title and the post address, but it will still not post, just blank.



    1) How are are connecting to the internet and to

    I’m asking because the way you connect to the internet (mobile, satellite, DSL, dial-up) and to your blog, and how many proxy server jumps etc. it takes to connect can cause problems. There maybe be problems with your ISP and/or with the proxy servers. Also note that the main dashboard isn’t designed to work with touch devices through the tablet and smartphone browsers.

    (2) Exactly which browser and version of it are you using. If you don’t know click here to find out >
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    (3) Have you tried?
    clearing your browser cache and cookies >
    using the browser with all extensions or add-ons disabled
    updating the browser to the latest stable version (not a buggy BETA browser version)
    using another browser

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    I’ve isolated the issue causing the draft blog post not to appear when published, or in preview mode.

    I created a new sub-category called “Spanish Literature” under a category called “Nationality”. This has 20 or so subcategories. It is selecting this new category that causes the problem. Once I de-select the subcategory the post appears. No other categories or subcategories appear to have this problem.

    Is there a limit on subcategories?



    Not that I’m aware of.

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