The Joys of Blogging

Little Thai People Burning my blog

I have recently gotten in touch with my inner blogger, and cursed him out. After a monumental computer failure Friday night I thought I would have it easy for a while, until I imploded some databases that, it turns out, are very important. Repairing and rebuilding said databases is very tedious work especially if you have a photo gallery with over 6000 pictures in all.

Now that the databases are repaired and rebuilt I have the fun task of fixing incidentals. What incidentals you may ask? Oh, you know, the easy stuff like going through almost 2 years of posts and fixing links and re-linking photo’s and re-reading all the early stuff. At least I can tell I’ve gotten better at this because the first few posts leave a lot to be desired.

Anyway, while I’m having fun fixing the last year or so why don’t you check out the archives or the Gallery. I’ve actually upgraded the gallery and now albums can be viewed with PicLens by Coolris. A great photo gallery option that lets you see the album as a slide show in full screen and even in 3D if you so choose.

I’m hoping to have everything fixed by later tonight or tomorrow morning so I can get back to just writing!

Even though I had everything backed up problems still arose so if you are a blogger remember these words…Back Up Your Blogs! And you’ll still be pissed off when your back ups don;t do the job completely…but hey I didn’t lose the structure or words.

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7 Comment(s)

  1. ‘The joys of databases’… my heart goes out to you. I HATE database problems (which is why I have a Jay who likes chocolate).

    ‘Back Up Your Blogs’… WordPress has an auto back up for those of us who can’t remember important things such as this.

    So I guess I’d better remember to put it back on WLT…

    But first, I’m off to see your photo gallery: http://thailandlandofsmiles.com/gallery/
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Final Results: Top 100 Language Blogs 2009 =-.

    Catherine | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. I need a Jay too!!

    I have the wordpress plugin and while it does help it is not always as complete as I would like. But I have it automatically back up darabases daily and email them to me.

    Talen | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. Wow. That is good to know. I didn’t realise that the BU plugin was not complete. I had to take it off when WLT was on a dedicated server as there were many other sites. The choice was to pay more each month to up the server memory, or take WLT off on its own. WLT is now on its own so… time to try it out again. But what you mentioned is a real worry. Oh dear.

    Btw – I LOVE your photo gallery :-)
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..Final Results: Top 100 Language Blogs 2009 =-.

    Catherine | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

  4. Cat, The only real way to back up your blog is to do it from your server control panel any other option isn’t going to save everything.

    The only problem doing a server backup is it is large and you need to have some place to put it. I do a server save once a week and save it on the server…rewriting the last save.

    Nothing is ever perfect…

    Talen | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

  5. Talen I am happy for you now you have recovered your databases, it must of been one helluva worry. I have a wordpress backup plugin and it emails me everyday but touchwood I haven’t needed to use it so far. I am now going to look at my server control panel and see if I can find this backup option you are talking about having failed to notice it anytime in the past. Thanks for the tip.
    .-= Martyn´s last blog ..Thailand At Work – Village Noodles =-.

    Martyn | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

  6. For control panel backup, do you mean phpMyAdmin? I do that when I’m forced to, but I’m not totally comfortable as I’ve had database muff ups using it. I’m not sure if it had anything to do with a missing box not checked, or a corrupted download, or what.

    So it was Jay… to the rescue… once again!
    .-= Catherine´s last blog ..The Nation Weblog: Of Things Thai =-.

    Catherine | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

  7. My control panel has a dedicated backup area where you can back up the whole shebang or just certain databases and there aren’t any checkboxes…your mileage may vary.

    Talen | Aug 10, 2009 | Reply

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