Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Everything Happens For a Reason

... So what's the reason?

I signed into my blogger dashboard yesterday to update my links and somehow got lost in the maze of beta blogger. WTF? I don't recall saying I wanted this. In my haste, did I inadvertently click yes? I don't like change. Doesn't blogger know I just uprooted my nice little life in a beautiful seaside town to move to an entirely new state. Hello! Blogger! I have spent the last 5 weeks anxiously searching for work, while decorating my apartment, trying to find my way around this big city AND, oh yeah, I became an aunt. Lord have mercy that is enough to drive a patient person insane and if this blog will tell you anything, it will tell you that patience is not one of my stronger virtues. But being chaste totally is.

Ahem.

So I spent two hours basically recreating my blog on this new beta thing because whatever I clicked or didn't click didn't transfer over my old blog. I sat at crying at my desk, fuming for a solution and got into an IM scuffle with Dumpling. He's good at reading directions. I am not. He's a methodical Virgo-type whereas I am an impetuous Aries-type. He was trying to help and I was in no frame of mind for said help. We might not be speaking. I am not sure. He left in a huff but I can't blame him. I'm difficult. I'm too structured- I'm completely closed off.

But I digress.

I don't know how I got here, to my safe old dashboard with my year and half worth of posts but sweet Jesus it was like coming home. After setting up the new blog, which I wasn't liking one bit and didn't have the energy or enthusiasm to completely design, I clicked on blogger one last time praying that this time some miracle would happen and I would be magically transported to my old dashboard. And it worked! I have no idea what happened. Maybe I was sucked into a bizarre blogger vortex. But now I am afraid to close the blogger window. I think I will leave it up all night, every night so as to never lose my lifeline.

I had no idea how connected I was to my blog until I thought I had lost it. I'm just so grateful I am still here.

17 comments:

alissa said...

I'm so grateful it is still here too! I'm quite attached to your blog.

jeopardygirl said...

"I'm difficult. I'm too structured- I'm completely closed off." But in a good way, Sizz... (love that movie, Esso hates it)

I am also glad you are still here.

kapgar said...

I freak out about it, too. I wish there was some way I could locally back up my files. But Typepad doesn't allow for it. I always fear something like that might happen to me. Glad it all worked out for you in the end.

Mr_Rodacre said...

Your blog never went anywhere nor will it. The only thing that is actually changing at the moment is the log-in part. They are making it g-mail oriented for security purposes.

According to Blogger, you will have to switch to their newer version eventually, because their new Blogger is way cooler supposedly and more secure.

That said, I have no idea how you got to where you were, where you are or how you get back...

...I also don't know how the Blogger thing works...

[cue rimshot] **ba-dum-dum**



And speaking of Harry & Sally... RIP Bruno "Baby Fishmouth" Kirby...

JustRun said...

I'm glad you've recovered. Phew! I freaked out in quite the same way when my blog "vanished." It sucked!

sue said...

Damn. I was just gonna say "well, then I won't click on that" until I read Mr. Rodacre and see it is an eventuality. Arrgghhh! S'pose he rents out his help? LOL!

Glad you're here, too. I would have totally gone into panic mode if I'da lost ya!

Sizzle said...

ohmygod. bruno kirby died! i am so sad.

:(

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=2318081

Karl said...

I'm sure that this post makes sense if you use Blogger. Fortunately, I don't or else I'd likely be freaking out, too. Like Kevin, I'm hoping for some sort of backup utility at Typepad. So far, nothing.

Bob Merrick said...

I am grateful as well :-)

Mrs. Ca said...

I'm with everyone else - so grateful you're still here too! I hope that doesn't happen to me. I will so totally panic if it does!

Claire said...

Hmm, that's no good. Some Blogger backup tips:
Copy and paste your template into a text file, and save it on your hard drive somewhere. That will preserve your layout, sidebar, header and such so you won't have to start from scratch. When you change your template, save another copy of it.

Save copies of your posts by going to Settings. Select the Email tab and enter an email address for the BlogSend Address. Blogger will automatically send a copy of your entry to that address each time you post. I use an extra gmail account just for this. It's just text, but it's better than nothing.

You can also save your monthly archives each month as html files which should preserve a copy of your blog as it looked when you saved it.

hth- ounce of prevention and all that...

Nihilistic said...

What? Blogger is changing? Why do I never know anything first?

Bone said...

Sounded like some sort of Blogger Twilight Zone when I first read it, Sizz.

But I guess it's not that exciting after all.

I need to do a backup. I'm not sure I would ever come out of depression if I lost all my posts.

Kerry said...

I'm glad you're still here too!

I know how you feel when you think you've lost your stuff. We've been through it twice, but managed to at least get our data back. I've learned i'm terribly attached... and if there is a third time, I will need professional counseling.

Bill said...

I got the same deal but then it decided that I wasn't the right sort of people (maybe because I'm Canadian, or because I have more than one blog) and they said, "We can't change you!" and sent me back to the old way of doing it.

I can probably live with the change when it comes. Nothing stays the same!

(Yes, it's sad to hear about Bruno Kirby.)

OT said...

Ok, so I log into Blogger now, and it does not give me the option to Manage Blogs. IT says I can, but there is no link other than 'Create a Blog.'

I feel your pain, Sizz.

Krisco said...

And so am I.

Phew.

(And congrats on your first week!)