Lesson (Re-)Learned: back up religiously
October 25th, 2009 by scaredpoet


So, I’ve been backing up the contents of this blog pretty religiously for about 5 years now, since its inception.  Every week I’d have a fresh new copy of everything ready to go in case disaster struck.

Then of course, a little complacency and Murphy’s Law conpsired against me, and the one month I finally trip up a bit and lapse on doing backups, disaster finally strikes.

I attempted to upgrade this server to the latest and greatest version of Ubuntu.  It’s a fine server operating system by the way, I highly recommend it.  Anyway, the upgrade had gone well all of my test servers and some productions systems I’m responsible for, so I figured there shouldn’t be a problem, right?

Sadly, no.  The update, for reasons yet unknown, put this particular site into a coma, and all data was unrecoverable.  No way to log in.  No way to save anything.  No way to even get the web server running again so people can read my drivel.

And so I had no choice: wipe out the server and rebuild it from scratch, restoring from backups.  Too bad I got lazy and my last backup was over a month old.

As a result, everything I wrote through the month of October was essentially lost.  Not that it was Pulitzer winning material or anything.  Even so, losing any of your work can be very disheartening.

Needless to say, I’ll be backing up far more frequently once again.  And, being a little more cautious about upgrading tot he latest and greatest server OS until I know for certain things will go well.

2 Responses  
  • Mike G. writes:
    October 26th, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Doh! I’ve been using WP’s built-in backup scheduler because otherwise I would forget and wind up in the same situation. It e-mails me a database dump every week, which sits in my gmail. Quite useful!

    Maybe you can recover October content via Google’s cache or perhaps the Wayback machine? Good luck.


  • scaredpoet writes:
    October 26th, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Yeah, I’m aware of the WP-backup scheduler and should probably enable it. I’ve just been obsessed with having a bit more control over how the backups work, and using rsync to store off-site copies of both the database and the other stuff that goes with it (images, sound, etc.). But look where that got me. 🙂

    Now that it’s been a couple days since “the loss,” I’m not as broken up over the loss of articles. It was only three, pithy little things, and actually, losing them spurred me on to write additional content that I think is better anyway. So, maybe losing the data wasn’t a bad thing after all…

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