For today’s Fail Friday I bring you a contest of wills, a harrowing battle between me and the ‘net. Think of me staring down the faceless enemy that is the WEB, dancing around the ring inside Facebook, trying to maintain a video connection while sewing LIVE in front of 1.9K people.
I wish I could say I won this battle. I was well prepared. I checked my internet speed ( 12.95 MB/s upload and 92.92 MB/s download- SUPER FAST. Check your speed HERE), charged my phone, and even ate a PB and J to balance out my blood sugar. I ditched the kids at grandmas, brushed my hair, and changed into actual clothes (who else sews in some state of under/un dress??).
And then…nothing. Facebook kept kicking me off when I tried to connect for the SewAlong. Finally, we disabled the wifi and went live over the cell network (knowing it would cut significantly into my latte fund). At this point, my coverstitch threw a tantrum (it’s worse than my ACTUAL toddler), so I switched to a borrowed machine.
Stitching still wasn’t ideal, but I was able to continue, though I’ll certainly be redoing a few parts of that top (hey, this is REAL life remember?!). And then, at 1hr 4 min and 35 seconds….BOOM.
No more live connection. A few swear words (OK, more than a few) and I still couldn’t re connect. My tech genius husband says this: “The lowest required speed for streaming is 500Kbps, we had nearly 26 times faster than the minimum needed speed. It was for sure a facebook problem.”
This website revealed some issues with facebook on the West Coast at that time index- but a solid explanation, and therefore a solution for future attempts, is still elusive.
So, if you need me, I’ll be sulking in the corner. Or at least self-soothing with some ice cream and quality time with the kiddos.
Here’s the edited video, if you want to watch (we recorded the last part off line and spliced it together). And if you want to send chocolate and wine, just PM me for an address. Maybe we can all get together virtually and have a little Facebook hate party (but not live of course).