It’s a relief to have my sites back up and running again after a recent setback. However, the unfortunate news is that I lost all of my backups for the websites. While it’s not a huge issue for my MOW universe site, as it only contained information about my books and can be redone relatively quickly, it is a different story for my Mind Of Will IE this site. This site had numerous posts and pages that are now mostly gone, and the backups I do have may not have accurate dates.
So now begins the daunting task of sifting through thousands of documents spread across 10 hard drives and 4 computers, some of which are so old that they may not even boot up properly, to locate all the content that was once housed on my website. Thankfully, I have a general idea of what 50 posts are, which were primarily videos. And I do have another 50 documents saved in my blog folder on Google Drive. However, the older content was backed up to hard drives, are the ones I now need to find. I also have a backup of a few pages on the Wayback Machine, which could come in handy.
This experience has taught me a valuable lesson: never relay on a single backup location and never exclusively store backups online. Unfortunately, that’s what I did with my site backup files, and it cost me dearly. Now that I’ve switched to a different hosting company following the loss of my previous account, I have to start fresh. But I’m looking forward to rebuilding this site from the ground up, armed with the knowledge gained from my mistakes and a commitment to backup in multiple places.
As frustrating as this setback is, it has given me an opportunity to reassess my website strategy and make improvements, and the chance to start anew even in a new direction. Thank you for reading, and I hope you have a great day!