You hear it all the time.
In fact, I have preached it to more people than I care to mention. Back up your site!
You know the old adage “Practice what you preach?” I need to maybe rethink how I approach that. I’m so busy telling everyone else, and teaching everyone else what to do and not to in the blogging world, that I may have messed up.
I forgot to backup my own site.
So last week when I woke up and couldn’t get my site to load and realized it wasn’t just going to re-appear, I had to call my hosting site. They were able to track down the problem which was half their issue and half mine. I inadvertently awhile back (over a year ago) while I was working through some downtime on my other site due to server load, had this blog connected to a hosting account it wasn’t supposed to be connected to. They did it, but I approved it. They weren’t supposed to, but again, I approved it. I was so busy focusing on the other site, since this one was up and running smoothly that I messed up. My fault, their fault. I’m not pointing fingers because the point is, I let that hosting account expire because I didn’t want it. Only I didn’t realize any of my sites were connected to it, because they were not supposed to be. HUGE lesson learned.
But what that means is that I lost ALL of my content from the past six months (my most active time blogging on this site). So you might have come today looking for something and well, it’s not here is it? (P.S. If you DID come here looking for something and it’s not here, leave me a message in the comments letting me know which post it was and I will try to recover it).
So at this point, I am manually trying to recover posts from saved drafts I have and cached pages which has been less than easy.
BACK UP YOUR SITE!
I thought I backed my site up a few months ago. Yes I would have still lost posts, but it wouldn’t have been as bad. I might have even backed up my site a few months ago, who knows – I got a new laptop in the meantime and I can’t find that backup. I can find one from two years ago, and one year ago. I’m frustrated to say the least and they were willing to recover the database for me… for $150 which I did almost pay and then quickly decided against it. I knew that while I had a lot of work ahead of me, I wasn’t going to spend that much money to recover it. Now if I lost my other blog, I definitely would. This baby is only about 2 years old, and while there were a couple of hundred posts, I can live without most of them.
So please bare with me while I get this all together again. I’m trying very hard. I just need to know what content is missing and it’s a slow process to figure out what my readers are here looking for.
I’ll get there. Slowly but surely.
P.S. Now that you finished reading this? GO BACK UP YOUR SITE!