Maybe you were trying to read my blog Tuesday night around...oh...let's say 11 p.m. and you were wondering why you were looking at a blank screen with only a blogging chicks icon and a technorati box. The reason for the lack of entries is because I accidentally deleted my blog. And then scrambled back through old screens to discover that the change was indeed permanent. And my blog was gone. All my entries were gone. The sidebar was gone. All the Operation Heads Up write-ups and emoblopedia links and the peer infertility counselor list. All gone.
This is the point where I tell you that I immediately started gasping, said that I was going to vomit and went into hysterics. And this is also the point where I tell you that after two hours or so of work, my brilliant and calm husband was able to reload most (if not all) of the blog. And this is also the point where I give you my public service announcement.
Fellow Bloggers, if you are making a change to your template (such as, perhaps, deleting a chunk of code) please use the preview blog function before you click on the button that saves changes to the template. Once you click save, you apparently cannot unsave. If I had used this button, I would have seen that I was about to accidentally delete my entire blog by erasing my template and I would have gone back in and corrected this situation. Please please please do not be cocky like me when you actually know nothing about computers.
Secondly, if you love your blog like I love my blog, you will go into your template, highlight all of the code by choosing "select all" and then copy it to a Word document. You will always resave this Word document any time you make changes to your template. This way, if you ever accidentally delete your template, you can reload the code easily.
Lastly, consider cutting-and-pasting all entries into a Word document as well. You can never be too careful if you have a trigger finger like mine.
Tuesday night, I was trying to keep emotions in check as well as control the urge to vomit. I kept telling myself that it was only a blog that was lost--not a person. It was simply a bunch of words. And about 3/4th of a year of work. But a blog nonetheless. And losing the words didn't mean that I lost the memories. I still knew everything I had thought these last 9 months (9 months!). But not having that record? Well, it made me want to vomit.
All is well that ends well. We got into bed around 1 a.m. with the blog mostly in place. And I've been checking links for the past few days. And slowly adding in new emoblopedia entries which for whatever reason take a longer time than I thought to do. So forgive me if it takes me a day or two to get up your entries. And keep sending links to your great posts. Because there is no such thing as modesty when it comes to the emoblopedia. All posts are great posts--from the simple two-line entry announcing another negative and the desire to crawl into bed to the three-part posts about a friendship that was almost lost and then rebuilt.
And I'm still commenting. And delurking. All week long. Even if it's a simple--hey, that was just a great post.