That time all my blog posts disappeared…

Imagine my surprise when I logged on to WordPress this morning to discover ALL of my blog posts had been deleted.

My stomach got sick immediately.  Granted, my blog isn’t anything special.  Nothing glitzy or heavily-trafficked like many of the bigger bloggers out there.  But still.  This is my tiny sliver of the Internet.  A place I feel like I am safe in talking about my life; a place I feel like I can somehow make a difference in the life of someone else.

Immediately I got defensive.  “Who did this??” I thought.  “Who in the world hacked into my blog and made this nightmare happen??”

Thankfully, I had all of my posts saved to my laptop hard drive.  But what a headache to go through and repost everything. Tears came to my eyes thinking about all of the time and energy I put into each post, only to have them all simply taken away by some devious person. I text messaged my best friend and told her what happened.  Why are people so bored and intent on making other people’s lives miserable? And for the sake of what??

But then, humility.  Oh yes, humility.  That seems to be the theme in my life lately.

On my blogger’s “dashboard” (which, for you non-bloggers, is the command center of all of our posting), under “posts”, I noticed “trash 51”.  Surely if someone had wanted to make my blogging life difficult, they wouldn’t have forgotten to empty the trash can of all of the posts they worked so hard to delete.

And then I remembered that yesterday I went through my post dashboard and decided to “clean up” my drafts that have been sitting for months.  Somehow I must’ve clicked the “select all” and subsequently “trashed” all of my posts.  All of them. And then busily went to attend to my son who woke up from his nap with a special “diaper surprise” for me….

No hacker.  Just me being incompetent and busy.

*sigh*

Isn’t that the way we all react in certain situations sometimes? We always think worst-case-scenario and automatically point the finger at someone else.  Because surly our current situation is not a direct result of our own choices.  Right?  Someone has to be to blame, and it certainly can’t be little ole me…

It is easier blaming someone else instead of realizing that when we point our finger we actually have three more fingers pointing back at ourselves.

source: aklimastra.blogspot.com

source: aklimastra.blogspot.com

And so today I am thankful that my blog posts are not all gone.  I apologize if you got a million and one notifications from my blog as I went through and re-published my old posts.  And next time I will be a little more careful when I am editing my dashboard. 😉

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13 thoughts on “That time all my blog posts disappeared…

    • Oh I agree! So much time and energy. I am glad it was simply operator error and not someone being malicious. I feel awful that all of my followers were thrown a bazillion notifications with me re-publishing everything. But I’m so glad I was able to do so easily. 🙂

  1. I’ve done the same thing! And I just about had a heat attack. Such a horrible feeling…and you’ve reminded me to go and save mine to my hard drive as well! And I love the message you tagged on. We do tend to point fingers and blame others when we are as much or more to blame. As far as getting notifications, I’m (selfishly) glad you had to repost them because I got to read some posts from you I hadn’t before. I had no idea you had six kids! Coming from a smaller family growing up, I was always envious of the families who had lots of kids. I bet your house is crazy sometimes, but so much fun!!

    • Thank you for your sweet comment! 🙂 It is definitely crazy at times but so much fun. I can’t imagine not having all six of them running around (well, the baby isn’t running yet but you know what I mean). 🙂 I am quick to play the blame game. And then I get a heaping mouthful of humble pie. Funny how that works. 😉 Glad I could bring some perspective!

  2. Oh, my, I would have almost had a heart attack! I can’t even imagine your shock! I’m so glad you could get it all figured out–I’m letting out a sigh of relief for you! 🙂 And I loved the message that you found in the situation. It was a good reminder for me, because I often turn to my husband to blame (I cringe even writing that) when really he had nothing to do with it! Beautiful post 🙂

    • Isn’t easy to blame those we love the most? I wonder why that is. I do the same, unfortunately. 😦 I’m thankful for a husband who is very patient and forgiving, and I’m sure you are blessed to also have a hubby like that. 🙂

  3. I loved this post, and I like the way you are sourcing the pics you use. I have wondered about doing that and this might be the way! How did you add the names so uniformly?
    Sorry to be technical on a post appreciation.

    I am looking forward to reading more here 😉

    • Thank you for your comment! 🙂 I’m not sure if this is the right way to show source of pictures, but it is what I’ve routinely seen on other blogs and websites, so take it with a grain of salt. 😉 I just want to make sure that I give credit where credit is due. When I upload the picture to wordpress, there is a spot to type in “caption”, and that is where is type in “source- ____”. Then I like to justify the pictures to the center of the page. I hope that helps! And welcome to the blogging community. There are a lot of really great, talented bloggers out there!

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