Hello all-

So, sometimes one does things and then is left with the impression that- Wow, that was not such a hot idea…

Back in July, I tried to update the blog from WordPress 2.7.1 to 2.8. The result was the loss of massive files, deletion of part of the site and a full crash. Fortunately, that time I was able to successfully resurrect the blog from the ashes.

I really should have learned my lesson.

There is, as usual, good news and bad news. The good news is that all of the image files remain safely on my external hard drive. The bad news is that all of the other site content has gone wherever good sites go when they die. Maybe someday I’ll be able to return it from the dead, but until then, it’s going to stay dead.

What does this mean for the future? Well, the blog isn’t over. I have had a lot of fun with it over the past year and I’m not about to give it up. I am trying to see this event in a bad light, but rather as an opportunity to try something new.

For the moment, there’s not much here. But hopefully by the end of January, the blog will be back up and running smoothly. Feel free to leave any comments or thoughts you might have. Things will be rough around here until I get everything back sorted, but I have faith it’ll work out.

Also, I’ll just never update my WordPress version ever ever again.



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  1. Oh no! I am impressed you were able to sign off with “Smiles, Rachel.” I think I might have signed off with “Tears and gnashing of teeth, Liana.”

    I don’t know if there’s any better way of doing this, but I bet most of the text is cached in Google –

    Wow :/ I’m so sorry…. Good luck getting things back together….

  2. I am so glad that you are all right.:) Too bad about the word press stuff. 🙁 I wish you good luck and success in the coming year. 🙂 🙂

  3. Darnit, I finally visit your blog and only find a desolate wasteland, waiting to be rebuilt. Just means I’ll have to keep coming back to see what you do with it 🙂 Best of luck with rebuilding!

  4. Dear Rachel,
    I’m so sorry this happened to you. I’ve never had anything this
    horrible occur, but I certainly know how frustrating computers can be.
    I have totally enjoyed your artwork, and should have left a comment
    before to tell you so. You are very talented, and I hope you get
    back up and running without too much trauma. Best wishes for
    an excellent 2010! 🙂 Lyann

  5. ughhhhh! i did this once myself and it was so painful! getting started again is the hardest thing, but it’s worth it, o i am glad you are not giving up.

    wish you well ~ i look forward to seeing your new posts in the new year!

    1. Thank you everyone for your kind words. It means a lot to me to have supportive readers and fellow bloggers out there who I know are rooting for me. At the moment, I’m not planning on trying to reproduce the site as it was, but do something else with it. We’ll see how my plans work out. 🙂

      My goal is to have something up and running by the 15th of January. Until then, things will look a bit messy around here.

  6. Ugh! I know how you feel! A couple years ago our computer crashed and we lost everything! I had a whole bunch of documents and pics. Plus I had just started to write a new book….. I lost it, and as you siad, it went to wherever good docs and pics and site go when they die. I can’t wait to see your new site come to life! I will be checking back!

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