Thinking Out Loud

How a food blogger lost her blog

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“There is love of course. And then there’s life, its enemy.” – Jean Anouilh

I did not see this coming and I was least prepared for an event like this, which is funny because my professional area of expertise deals with assessing possible risks.

“Error 404 Page not found”

That’s odd. I rechecked the address and refreshed my browser. I even reboot the router presuming it’s got something to do with a weak signal and all of this was done in vain. I could neither log in as an administrator, nor could I view the website on a different browser. I’d tried logging in from a different system and the results were the same. So long story short – my website no longer existed.


Lost blog

But how?!

After 14 hours of breaking down the code from the server’s end and skimming through the entire content of the website, my rather talented tech junkie brother came to my rescue. His diagnosis was acute pluginonsensititus.

In other words, a gallery plug-in that I had installed a few weeks ago had gone rogue on me and changed the coding of the entire website by one comma. That’s right – a simple comma.
The ill fated punctuation mark was what lead to the downward spiral of Food She Blogged.
This even wiped out my back up files on the website

Nonetheless, my brother was able to recover at least 90 percent of the website and all of it was in code. The reconstruction is still in progress as I slowly and steadily convert the code to legible text.
The genius in me back then thought that’s it’s okay to type out posts spontaneously on the website, without the need for saving the text on a hard drive. Today, I strongly advise against this because it really does help if you can access your content on a hard disk, should you face challenges online and reboot the entire website.

In my brother’s words, “I’m sorry Judy, but we’re gonna have to nuke this thing. We have now reached a point of no return.”
I was numbed by a pain I could not explain, and still can’t.

I thought of penning down this post just to let you know why I had disappeared for a bit from the world wide web, and why all the comments from my website suddenly disappeared.

I’m more than grateful to have been able to retrieve what I could thanks to my brother and I’m hoping that the reconstruction will progress in a smooth fashion.

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed.

Comestible regards,
Judy Sebastian

8 Comments

  1. Eman Qadeer

    March 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    That is so sad, didn’t think that could ever happen, thank you for sharing. Now I’m going to back up everything on my blog into a hardrive

    • JudySebastian

      March 14, 2015 at 2:03 pm

      True that Eman.
      Thanks for stopping by the blog.
      And yes, back up and back up the back up as well 😀

  2. Saunsea

    March 22, 2015 at 3:33 am

    I’m glad you got your website back and recovered most of your content. As a former web developer, I understand how frustrating it can be when a site doesn’t work because of one typo in the code.

    Cheers!

    • Food She Blogged

      March 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks Saun!
      It sure was a heart wrenching experience and no less frustrating.

      Happy adventures!

  3. Grace @ Sandier Pastures

    March 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Sorry to hear that!! Some plugins are a nightmare!!

    • Food She Blogged

      March 31, 2015 at 12:08 am

      Sigh.. you said it Grace.
      Thanks for stopping by and connecting 🙂

  4. Mitzie Mee

    April 3, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Worst nightmare ever. Good to see that your site is now up and running again:)

    • Food She Blogged

      April 4, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      Sigh, it sure was!
      Thanks Sanne! I hope it stays this way..

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