My blog went down. I was having issues with the blog site for about a week. I posted on the WordPress forum and had some great troubleshooting tips from random citizens but nothing was working. I contacted my web host to see if it was related to something on their end and again, nothing. I was unable to update my blog. I decided to try something – never a good idea when you have no clue what you’re doing – and in the process I erased the database. Every. Single. Blog. Post. The cherry on top? I demolished my blog on Christmas Eve. Joy to the blog.
A little blog history…
When I started my blog in April 2013 – then named Mrscpkc – Personal Memoir and Lifestyle Blog – I really wasn’t sure where I was going with it. I just wanted somewhere to park articles that weren’t adequate for larger publications (i.e. Yahoo!) but that I still wanted to share with my readers. As time went on, and after completing my first Ultimate Blog Challenge last July, I decided what direction I wanted to go in. I re-named my blog Memoirs of a Clueless Woman and created a new design to go along with the new name. “This is fun” often ran through my mind as I worked on all the bloggy to-do’s that went along with the switch. But, there were a few that I never actually got around to.
My blog needed updating..
A large portion of my blog posts needed to be updated. I had no clue about SEO when I started and so many of the posts needed to be “SEO’d.” I also needed to go back and remove old links. And I had switched to a new email marketing service so needed to go back and update every post where I had input the feedburner link. The tasks were mounting and I didn’t know where to start, so I did nothing. The problem with this is, I get a lot of search traffic. I also get a lot of traffic from Pinterest. And so all those posts that needed updating were being viewed with broken links and lackluster titles, among other things. So, it had to be done. Sooner rather than later.
The real truth behind losing my blog…
It wasn’t as bad as you might think it would be. I was able to change to an improved Studiopress theme on the Genesis framework which has a very professional feel to it. All the old posts that I was able to recover from a back-up I made in October (thank goodness for small favors) are being upped a notch – with better titles, keywords, and alt titles for the images. While it’s not exactly how I envisioned spending the last couple of weeks, I am not mad or sad. I am grateful. Because now, my blog is better than ever. It’s not all the way back yet – I have about 30 more blog posts to get back online. But I am thankful that I approached this incident with the right mindset. And that made all the difference in how I experienced losing my blog.
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