The shock and horror have left me numb. Do I laugh? Do I cry? Do I shake my fist at the sky? Should I be angry or should I be sad? This is bad but not the worst event I’ve had.
I guess I’ll sit here stunned, making up cheesy poems, and drowning my sorrows in my Bigelow Lemon Ginger tea with Probiotics. (It smells like icing and has a hint of some flavor I can’t define but is probably lemon, or ginger, or the probiotics.)
How could this happen … again?
Yes, again. Like lots and lots of agains since I started blogging in 2009. Here’s a list in no particular order:
- My beloved computer popped the blue screen of death. (Wasn’t recoverable.)
- An external hard drive went down and took my backups.
- An online hard drive went out of business.
- I forgot to updated my billing info with Carbonite and went afk for a few weeks.
Somewhere in there, I went through 3 different web host switches before I realized hello, there’s an easy way to transfer websites (cPanel, I love you). After reading this post at OhSheBlogs
I thought about switching again. This time to a company that is not
on that list. It was just so much of a p.i.b. (pain in booty). So I stuck it out until I moved to SiteGround
a couple of months ago.
I usually find whatever I’m looking for when I’m not looking for it so I wouldn’t bet that I won’t (or will) find a backup somewhere.
Thankfully, I always had a backup of a backup I could fall back on or could piecemeal a fix if I needed to but this time … things just went poof! (I blame the can’t-talk-about-it-publicly-because-it-still-looms stuff. #DivorceBrain #InjusticeIsANeverendingWar)
Maybe it’s also the stress of having 24 hours to start over in a new community and temporarily sharing a system with my son who is also a power user. Except his power use is different from mine so I decided to make space for him by moving some of my files. Haha. Moving.
Note to Self: Definitely need to research gaming computers.
It would probably be worse if I’d actively promoted this blog but I never really put much effort into marketing it. I’ve always just spoken my mind and left it at that. Still, it’s a bit embarrassing to have social media accounts linking to content that’s just not here
anymore right now.
If there’s a moral to this story it’s get a good host the first time so you won’t have to host hop, always have 3 backups (external hard drive, online drive or automated backup service, and a DVD or thumb drive), backup regularly, always update your billing info asap, set up a financial notebook so help keep track of the places that have you info so you won’t forget, and … um …
Smile as you sip your Lemon Ginger tea with Probiotics. We all get caught up in a moment and forget what we were saying now and then, right?
Incidentally, I did wind up finding my last backup – from January 2017! – right before I hit the Publish button on this post. I still lost a few posts but it’s much better than losing 2 whole years, amirite?
Alrighty, well, it’s time for me to walk my walk and go back my stuff up now …