First a word of apology to any of you who have been good enough to sign-up for CabbieBlog update e-mails. New posts have been uploaded every hour.
There is a reason for this, and frankly your humble scribe can only fall on his sword (or should that be pen?) for making the most elementary oversight in computing –
[T]he first lesson in computing is that you are not Orville Wright flying by the seat of your pants, you adopt a belt and braces approach to everything you do. So when CabbieBlog revamped itself at the start of the London 2012 Olympics and went self-hosted in the process, what hasn’t been done since July was – yes a BACK-UP.
So last week anxious to upgrade to the latest WordPress release, before it had been tested out on some other
mugs users, and ignoring the warning to BACK-UP your site before downloading, that is precisely that your scribe did, rendering the back-end inoperative.
But, hey! Within 24 hours the WordPress community had found a solution, but as they say (in politics) a day in a long time.
That 24-hour period was just enough time for the vomiting bug to start to work its magic and take over my brain and well as my stomach, and as I was to find out – my common sense.
Next lesson for today, don’t, just don’t work on any sysgen while your brain isn’t connected to your fingers, you could – as I can testify – overwrite your entire blog.
So dear reader the fact you are able to read this at all is due to three long days, while recovering from a bug that has affected nearly one million people, hunched over my keyboard trying desperately to remember every piece of styling that went into CabbieBlog.
So now rather than imitate Orville Wright by flying by the seat of your pants I have preserved the work that I have sweated over and have a system that performs a regular BACK-UP.
I still use the WordPress platform (although we are not a speaking terms yet) and now use the services of blogVault. At £1.50 per week it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. All I need to do now is to recover my full mental faculties and unfortunately there isn’t a company out there willing to take on that recovery.