So what had happened was….
I hosted my first blog on Godaddy, fucked around and failed to renew my WordPress package. Figured I could easily reactivate. Nope, nah, negative. GoDaddy deleted all my shit.
Twas a heartbroken type of day. Two years of blogging lost, LOST. What to do, what to do? I reevaluated everything, especially after being told that in order for GoDaddy to bring recover my WordPress it would cost an additional 300 smackeroos. Say what now? That’s half my half of rent.
“Is it even worth it?”
“Who even reads my shit?”
“No one would even care(s) that I’m gone?”
“Maybe blogging isn’t for me anyways?”
So I slept on it. Ate on it. Prayed on it. Sipped a margarita on it.
Finally I came to a decision–start over. I cringed at thinking how blog posts I was proud of were gone forever but starting over gave me a fresh start. So Google, tell me how to get my blog back. I learned that Google caches all your blog pages when it crawls your site. I found a way to get to retrieve the available cache links of my blog, which unfortunately only goes as far back as early 2016. It also worked out that when I first started blogging I typed all my drafts in Microsoft Word or Pages first and now it’s just habit. Talk about foreshadowing! Luckily I still have the theme I purchased two years ago, so, it was no problem getting my original look.
The only downside is everything from 2015 is gone. I also lost all pictures/media associated with my posts, comments, you naaaaaame it. It’s gone. After dwelling on the idea of starting over, starting over didn’t seem so bad. I remember having a convo with someone who advised me to focus on just one thing. I stubbornly replied nope. But me losing my blog is almost a rebirth to start new and actually take heed to advice. And trust when I say my most disorganized year was 2015, so it works.
The biggest lesson I learned out it: Back yo shit up!
- Make copies of your posts – I don’t write my original posts in WordPress, I use programs on my computer and save to the hard drive. You can find more pictures but it’s hard to remember what you said and how you said it.
- Download useful plugins
- UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore – Backup and restore: Take backups locally, or backup to Amazon S3, Dropbox, Google Drive, Rackspace, (S)FTP, WebDAV & email, on automatic schedules. I currently use Updraft and send my backups to my Dropbox scheduled monthly.
- Duplicator – Create a backup of your WordPress files and database. Duplicate and move an entire site from one location to another in a few steps. Create a full snapshot of your site at any point in time.
So that’s long story short. I will be uploading all the posts I was able to save, which means ALOT will be missing. For two reasons: 1) Couldn’t find it cached and 2) Doesn’t fit with my now central focused direction. All posts that are recovered will be tagged but imageless. I just do not have the energy to upload to their original state with accompanying photos. I want to have some order now that I have a fresh start so hope ya feel me on that.Well that’s the run down on why my site was down.