The results of all those hours spent typing away in a word processor to inform and entertain an audience should be of great value to us all. However, it is amazing how careless some of us can be. I just realized that my carelessness could have cost me several months of work and dedication. It was all flushed down the drain within hours. To everyone who runs a blog: please read this, and learn from what was almost a huge disaster.
What better way to end a Friday night than with a true story of blogging horror. What is even more horrifying is the fact that what I am going to be discussing actually came true two days ago. As it would happen, I lost four months worth of data on my technology blog. I thought I had lost almost everything I had written. The amount of hours I had put into writing — all gone. I was lucky though; very lucky.
Let the Horror Begin
So, what is my worst nightmare in blogging? I clearly understand what it would be now: it would be losing everything I worked so hard to build up. It just so happens that I almost experienced this. While I didn’t lose everything, I lost plenty
This all happened as a result of my web host moving my account to a new server without prior notification. The host takes my site offline, and then a few hours later it is restored with the last dated post being on the 18th of October in 2007. In other words, I am screwed. I was furious! The world seemed to go dark, and anger that I had never felt before began to boil deep inside of me.
Only then an amazing thing happened. I realized that I had backed up my WordPress database and files a few times in the past. I had tried my best to backup my data once a month. I did skip a few months, but I had a backup from one month ago. Yes!
As you can imagine, I was thrilled and relieved. To make things even better, I had copies of the past month’s articles stored on my local disk. It is the one time I really needed it, and I was lucky this time around. It was luck that saved me from a difficult time of trying to recoup my losses. I actually ended up having all my articles saved. I have to do some editing, but it is all there. The timing — unfortunately — couldn’t have been any worse, but then again, having all my articles is a huge relief.
In the end, this story ends up being a great lesson that was not nearly as bad as it could have been. It still hurt enough that it will never be forgotten. I managed to lose a Facebook application and several new site designs that I had been working on. Probably several days of work will be required to restore everything.
Take it from me, you don’t want to wake up one day and have your site erased without a sufficient backup. It really can be a scary realization for some people. It has happened before to others. I was just lucky this time around.
How to Prevent This from Happening to You
Ah, you want to know how to avoid this situation? You really do. Well, it can be done relatively easy, but you’ll have to stick around for my next post. I will give some pointers on how to not only backup your data, but to also have redundant protection as well. It is crucial to do this.
However, you will have to be committed to protecting your data. Adopt this mentality right now. Just understand that tomorrow could be the very day when all your data is lost. Are you prepared if that does happen? It is something to seriously think about.
Have you ever lost any data? Do you keep sufficient backups of your blogs? Have any tips that I can add before I write my article on ways to backup your data? If so, let everyone know in the comments section!