If you’re a subscriber to my blog, you probably received a deluge of emails into your inbox the past couple days. Please accept my apologies!

Last week, I inadvertently *deleted* my blog account. That’s right. I deleted it. How, you may ask, did I manage to do that? Well, it’s sort of a long story, but a couple years ago, I changed my blog address from PassTheCloak.com to PinchOfClay.com. When the previous blog expired recently, I just let it cancel out. What I didn’t realize is that my current blog was a secondary account still attached to PassTheCloak.

When my old blog cancelled, the other cancelled with it. As soon as I discovered my mistake, I bought back the domain PinchOfClay and changed it my primary account. As it turned out, this actually made matters work. It created a database conflict and caused me to lose my entire archive of old blog posts. That’s over ten years of work and 700 posts, suddenly vanished into cyber oblivion.

I spent an hour on the phone with Bluehost Thursday night, but we were not able to restore any backups. Thankfully, I did discover a workaround export from an old WordPress blog of mine. The remaining posts from 2015-2017 I have to add manually from individual blog post emails I received and filed away. It is a slow, time-consuming process, but I am gradually getting my blog back up and running. The main downside is that as I post old articles, they appear in your email inbox as a new posting.

So, please bear with me as I continue to get my blog back in order. Moral of the story is, always backup your work regularly, and never delete a self-hosted blog unless you make absolutely sure all the content has been saved!

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