...or at least, the stupidest thing this week so far.
I lost access to an email account I used to log in to this h'yer blog. I made a fancy new gmail account for the purpose. It made a new Google Account for me with the same username, for which I have exactly no use. I put my desired username in but I put a typo in there somehow. It showed up onscreen the way I didn't want it to show up.
So I just spent the last two and a half hours running in circles trying to get blogger to accept a new author with the name I wanted to use in the first place. It involves yet another new non-gmail address AND another new Google account.
The process goes: log in as user A, then send an invitation to user B to be an author. User B accepts and it works like magic. Except it didn't. Blogger would not show the new author in the dashboard for the old author after I accepted the invitation. Two hours later and ready to quit, I logged in to my new gmail account as a last-ditch desperation move to see if anything showed up there. It had a bunch of emails saying I had accepted invitations with different email addresses.. THAT gmail account is THE account for this blog. I was logging out of blogger but not out of gmail somehow even though they are the same account, and the OLD Google account was still logged in. So when I used my new email account to accept an invitation to contribute to VFD, the OLD Google account as accepting it.
What a cluster[deleted]. Way to be, Google. Finally I figured out to log out of my google stuff in THREE different locations, log in to the new google account, and THEN accept the invitation. Worked. Finally. [deleted]. It sure would have been nice to be getting some productive work done, but somehow this knowledge is nowhere to be found on the internet:
LOG OUT of Google, Gmail, and Blogger, and log in to the Google account of the NEW author you want to invite, BEFORE accepting the invitation.
Google, I don't want, need, or care about EITHER of these Google Accounts. I'll NEVER use Google+ and I don't want personalized ANYTHING. I use you for Blogger and web searching. Leave me alone with this jive already!