That’s the future I saw when, with a sick, sinking feeling in my stomach, I realized that I had just deleted ALL of andrewandlisa.org. Four years worth of thoughts, news, and photos were gone without a trace. I searched in vain for a way to recover what I’d deleted, but I found no viable options. The sick feeling didn’t abate.
Luckily, I found a month-old backup that I was able to restore. Then, with a bit of help from my friend (Google Reader), I was able to painstakingly reconstruct the last month’s worth of blog activity. So pardon the blog for acting a little weird in some spots. There are rough patches that won’t be going away.
Is there a lesson in all of this? Oh, yeah, there is! We all need to be thinking about backing up the data that matters to us. Imagine if that loss wasn’t just a blog that contained your second child’s birth announcement, but was instead your financial records or all your family photos. Do you feel that sick feeling? I know I get nauseous again just thinking about it.Â If you haven’t backed up your important data, YOU SHOULD NOT SLEEP UNTIL YOU DO.
I recommend backing up your data to an external hard drive.Â They are getting cheaper every day, and they are very easy to use.Â If you don’t know how to start backing up your important information, please call me and I’ll help you get set up.Â This is too important to skip.
Be safe out there,