ough Sunday night. Went to the clubhouse to help unload modules (even though I’m still in the mask-for-safety aspect of post-covid). Came home. Wrote a blog detailing the show. And then, while it was still in draft status, I poked around. My updates were showing some issues and it told me I needed to upgrade my PHP. I clicked the UPDATE button.
It should have been marked APOCALYPSE.
It said it would take a minute. Twenty minutes later, the site was still in maintenance mode. I closed that browser and opened another. I was told my site suffered a critical failure.
I thought about this long and hard. Pretty much everything I post, I copy over to FaceBook. I don’t have a mailing list to show updates. Looking at my dead site, I started thinking “Why not just let the site expire? I could write everything in Word and C&P directly to FB.”
I realized this site is, to me, a rather expensive scrapbook. I keep reviews on books (thousands of them) and thoughts on publishing (thousands of them). I keep trip reports. I write blogs about model railroading. I kinda liked having those. People enjoy them.
I would have dropped the site if not for two friends who reinforced the scrapbook idea. This site is part of me. So while I was exploring Facebook Pages, I considered what they’d said.
This morning I went onto GoDaddy and searched around for support. Got a chatbox that asked me to fetch information, and then it connected me to a human (an Indian guy who was very knowledgeable in WordPress). He checked things and told me, a few minutes later, that my core files were corrupted. Eight minutes later, he had WordPress and the new PHP loaded. And the Blogatorium was back in business.
I have to admit, I’m relieved. I do like the site and it’s fun to have, my little corner of the internet. But I’m thankful for GoDaddy’s support. On their pages, they had a section on how to shut down your site and get a refund. I’ll admit I bookmarked it.
But for now, the Blogatorium is up and running.
Until the next crisis.