The Real Truth Behind Losing My Blog

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.

I want to hear from you!

Have you ever had a technical mishap that you ended up being grateful for? Please leave me a comment below and let’s have a discussion.

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  3. I am considering updating my blog and switching to WP but to be honest I am petrified to! My biggest fear is losing everything! Good thing you had a back up. I don’t think I would of been as calm as you!

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      Hi Kandi! Don’t worry – I have heard a lot of bloggers say that making the switch to WP went smoothly. As long as you back everything up beforehand and work with a skilled web person, all will be OK. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by and for sharing:)

  4. OOF! A lot of people would have lost their minds if they did that. I’m glad you were able to turn it into a positive experience – and now your blog will do better going forward! Happy Blogging 🙂

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  6. I recently had a techie mishap, you know I am a picture freak and they mean the world to me. I’ve always been that girl!

    Well I noticed that my Halloween pictures for 2013 were missing. Nori’s first time out trick or treating. I was angry for a second, I was pissed, I was sad, I was a variety of emotions as I searched all over for them. I uploaded 3 images to Instagram and so I saved those and moved on. The great thing is I was there and I have the memories in my head and heart.

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      OH NO! Yea, I have definitely learned the importance of backing things up regularly… and this just reminded me to go backup my phone. I do take a lot of pics on there and would be disturbed to lose them. Ugh. Thanks for stopping by Mimi! xoxo

  7. I am so sorry to hear about this. I have lost many sites in the days starting out. These days my losses don’t hurt so much since I know what I’m doing (yes, backups. Plenty of them) but they are still a pain because you have to spend time getting things up and running.

    At least you got a chance to go back on work on the ones you recovered.

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      Oh man, Lynette – I was so upset and then so thankful that this happened before I got much further down the road. Yes! I am so appreciative that I had the backup from October. .I have regular backups scheduled now. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  8. Oh bummer, that you lost it all. But at least you came back! I know how stressful the behind-the-scenes stuff can be but at least you didn’t throw your hands in the air & say “I quit” like I have been tempted to do before when dealing w/ issues.

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      Hi Tamara! I admit I was tempted! But, since it was my own mistake I really had nobody else to be upset with. I won’t be doing any technical stuff again, that is for sure! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

  9. Omg.. This just happened to me and I think I had a near death experiece! Fortunately my host is 24/7 support and things were back to normal in a short period of time. My blog had been hacked! I implemented the free security program my host offered and I haven’t had one problem since.
    Great post. I love you blog!
    Stopping by from Bloppy Bloggers, Facebook.
    Happy New Year!

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      Hi Mimi! Happy New Year! I am so glad I had that back-up from October or else it really would have been over! I have created a backup on my host server now so if for any reason I mess up again, all will be restored easily. I must admit, I am loving this new design much more than the other so I am kind of happy. Sounds crazy but it’s true! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      xoxo

  10. First of al, love your name!!! Secondly, you can go to https://archive.org/web/ and find the last imaging of your old blog. You may be able to recover precious posts that you really loved and forget the rest. I have been where you are right now and really didn’t mind most of the fluff disappearing, but I did have a few posts that I wanted to recover. Archive.org is free and does the archiving automatically. Good luck and Happy 2014!!

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      Karin! First of all, LOVE YOUR NAME 🙂 and THANK YOU! so much for that link – there is definitely a lot I can recover from that site that I did not have on my October back-up. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Happy New Year!

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  11. I have never had any serious technical issues on my blog, thank goodness. Its probably because I am to scared to do anything. I am glad it all worked out for you.

    Visiting from UBC

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