I have a new toy — can you tell what it is?
If you follow me on Twitter you maybe saw my frantic tweets a few days ago about ALL my Dagmar’s momsense blog posts, over 300, being gone. I had tried to add another button to one of my pages and for some reason it wouldn’t work, and the next time I logged into my blog’s dashboard there were NO blog posts. Gasp.
I clicked over to look at my blog and sure enough — the header and sidebars were there, but NO POST! I just about had a heart attack right then and there at Panera Bread. I didn’t know if I should faint, scream, or start to cry. All that work, all those picture of Landon from over 1 1/2 years, thousands of hours spent writing — gone! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! No, that wasn’t enough: AHHHHHHHHHHHH!
I was able to recover my blog post with the help of my wonderful friend and computer wizard Joel and a friend of his, Kent. We don’t know what happened, but the coding was all messed up and Kent was able to recover my posts. Thank goodness! I can never thank them enough. Let me tell you, I got a quick crash course in data backup. For all you WordPress or Thesis users, install the WP-DBManager plugin so your blog gets backed up automatically and export the XML file to avoid what I went through.
Out of what could have been a huge disaster came something really great — I now have another person I can bother with my computer questions, and Kent updated my blog theme, Thesis, to the latest version. Three version had come and gone and I had never dared to upgrade it.
What followed were about five hours of redesign work I spent playing around with all the new layout and design options I didn’t have before. I adore Thesis, working with it is so easy. The look is not dramatically different because I ended up liking — and keeping — most of the layout and design, but I really enjoy the added color.
Do you like the new look? I’d love your input!
Do you know who I actually credit for teaching me about external hard drives to back up my computer files? David Mathison, author of Be The Media. After I read about the different options of drives, I bought the one he recommends in his book and I am finally using it after this debacle :) Click on the book to take a look at his book — it’s invaluable for bloggers (and really every other career).