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My old computer before it and my site crashed.

So, this is unusual.  I attempted to back up and restore a blog site that I created a while back and failed miserably.  The site was up running smoothly but I had to tweak it just a little bit more.  Just enough to the point where I broke it. Shortly after that my computer crashed.  Now, I was in a jam.

The hosting company I was using didn’t offer much help because they “didn’t support” some of what I wanted to do—but they did have this other thing that they could absolutely set up for me at a steal of a price.  [Not happening.]  I was angered and felt freakin’ helpless because the project had taken up so much time and now, it was lost and I had no idea what to do other than to start over.  So, I did.

I had to recreate a theme, and set up the blog, and then create new content.  To be honest, I’m glad I did.  I gained a new perspective on what I wanted to do and was even able to do it simpler–with a better result.  Yes, I lost a lot of information, but I’m slowly recreating it here.  All in all, it was a good thing.  By breaking the site, it gave me an opportunity to re-purpose some of the pieces and replace other parts that weren’t really working all that great anyway.

It’s been a few months now and thank God, the site is functioning well.  Managing the site is much easier and sharing content is a lot simpler too.

So, what’s the point of me telling you this?   Mainly because I am acknowledging that I will be using some of my old content– that I was able to recover– as new content (second writes); and also, I wanted to share with you some lessons learned.

  1. Don’t be afraid to tweak until you break something. It might cause you some pain, heartache and discomfort; yet at the same time it will afford you the opportunity to re-event.  I know people say you don’t have to re-event the wheel, but if someone hadn’t, we’d still be driving about with stone tires on our vehicles…and somehow, that just doesn’t seem right.
  2. Don’t give up. Stay calm and stay motivated.  Frustration will often make you want to throw your hands up and walk away, but –if you keep at it see it through, you’ll be glad you did; and might even be proud of the results.
  3. Learn from your mistakes and take notes as you go. Doing so, you will have a road map for yourself and for others whom you might be able to assist.  One of the best ways to becoming a Subject Matter Expert (SME) is to experience and/or at least venture into an unknown area of your profession.  You’ll accumulate knowledge and understanding that you can share and provide to others who might need it.
  4. Stay current. Keeping up on the new information in your profession will help you with your decision-making process. It can also save you time and money.  Especially if someone has made it easier and simpler to complete a task or procedure.

Hopefully, these four things will help you look at your failures in a different light and help you be eager to keep trying and continue-on!

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