The Day My Blog Disappeared

Source: via Ashley on Pinterest

This morning I decided to make some changes to the blog. Small changes. Deleting some plugins, adding some new ones, adding images for the older and new posts – nothing crazy that anyone would notice really.

And then the unthinkable happened.

My blog went blank other than some gibberish of code after I hit save changes on a screen. No post link worked. No blog page worked. And access to my WordPress dashboard? Non-existant. I couldn’t do anything with my blog and I panicked.

Everything I had done for the past year + three months was gone. Every single thing that I’d spent so much time and effort with on this blog was erased in a matter of seconds. I cried. I stomped my feet. I threw a good ol’ five-year-old temper tantrum if we’re being honest here.

And then I remembered I had installed a back-up plugin. Yet as quickly as I remembered I had installed it, I realized it apparently didn’t work because I could restore up until December 12, 2010. Lot of good that would have done me. All of the how-tos, don’t dos, and try this and thats didn’t work. I was convinced today would mark the end of the After Nine To Five blog as I knew it because I was so bent out of shape over what happened. I wasn’t ready to build up a year+ worth of content all over again.  I wasn’t ready to just miss out on everything again either.

But as you can see, I’m still here! You can’t get rid of me that easily. ;)

After all my huffing and puffing the most simple of solutions hit me: talk to my website host. And lucky for me, the customer service rep I spoke to not only confirmed that I could get everything back, but did it for me in a matter of 5 minutes. After an hour of me cursing everything in this world, a few clicks of the button and she had restored everything to what it was at 1am when I was fast asleep.

So while my coding tweaks from this morning are missing, my entire blog is still here and I don’t think there is any sort of word to express how happy that makes me. Needless to say, I learned a lot of things today:

  • WP Super Cache and I are not meant to be
  • I should always be sure I have a solid back-up of my blog
  • is AMAZING and I could not recommend them more for various reasons
  • My blog means a hell of a lot more to me than I ever thought it did
  • I’m in need of a break from technology which is probably happening this afternoon

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  1. this post made me both cringe at the thought of losing everything you worked for and laugh at the idea of you throwing a 5 year old tantrum. so sorry that you lost it but I'm so glad you were able to get it back!

  2. A similar thing happened to me while I had things shut down for my redesign at the end of December. Everything gone. No login screen. I flipped out after another blog disappeared. Then after trying anything I contacted my host & it was simple, for some reason my hosting & domain became unlinked.

    I know exactly how you feel. Just ask Manda Jane about my tantrum & self-pity I had. So glad your host was able to help you out!

  3. so scary! i am relieved your blog is not lost– because i love reading it!
    the "keep calm and write a blog" image is so cute too!

  4. Oh no! Just the thought that you could have lost it all and me cringing! So glad you were able to get everything back! :)

  5. Fortunately in the end everything is back affixed!
    I can only imagine what you felt!

    Doing back-ups (of any sort) is one of the things I hate more to do (don't ask me why), but so essential…
    The image of the post says it all! :)

  6. This happened to me! I had to start a whole new blog and everything:/ It was devestating.

    Thank goodness you are still here!

  7. Yikes! I don't know what I would do if my blog disappeared, and it has barely been around for two months! Back-ups are your best friend! I typically do them monthly, but now that I blog everyday, I should probably do them more often than that…

  8. Whoa! Close call! Those are some great words of advice, too — always back up your blog, find a non-evil host. I'm glad it was just a small hiccup and your blog still lives on :D

  9. Oh my goodness, I would have totally freaked out! Thank goodness everything is back in place! xxx

  10. oh gosh, can totally relate to this post. i almost totally deleted my blog one time. i almost had a meltdown. that's when you know you are addicted to blogging, ha
    xo TJ

  11. smalltown20something says:

    I'm so glad you were able to get everything back!

  12. I am SO glad you got your blog restored!! I can't even imagine the stress that must have caused you, just based on the times technology has failed & frustrated me!! Glad your website host is amazing!!

  13. That's so scary! At least it was a quick fix


  14. lariatsandlavender says:

    Oh girl!!! I am SO glad you got everything back!!! <3 I can imagine how scary that was. :( I've been there, though that was simply a Blogger error (around Jan 1st, ack!) I thought everything was gone, I thought I couldn't post anymore, etc!!!

  15. Glad you were able to get everything back ! can only imagine, what you were feeling …

    its strange, how its sometimes takes something bad to happen before you realise how much it trully meant to you..

    Claire xox

  16. Even the title of this post gave me the chills – what a scare for the morning!! I'm so glad everything worked out and am so glad for great customer service!

    Thankful we have your blog today – it's always fun to read! http://booksblogsandbreakfastmeditations.blogspot

  17. Oh my gosh, that's my biggest fear! The bad thing is…I don't even know that I'd have any clue where to begin to retrieve anything. Thank goodness for your website host. We're glad that everything worked out!!

    Mendi @ Her Late Night Cravings

  18. Oh gosh I can totally relate!! Yesterday I working on a WP site for a client & after I edited a file the site didn't work & I couldn't access the Dashboard. I was about to cry, but after I took a deep breath and calmed down the solution was simply to just replace a corrupted file. Yay for getting your site working again!!

  19. i was sick on thanksgiving. while everyone was out to dinner i was just goofing around online, when i realized my blog had been deleted. apparently google has these bots looking for spam blogs, and my blog got flagged. it took about 4 hours to get it back up. even though my blog isn't 'big' or anything, it was really frustrating because they also shut down my google account. (and basically all my accounts are linked to that.) i didn't get an apology or anything. just a generic email reading, 'yeah. this sometimes happens.'


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