My post on Day 34 is now gone.
I can’t recover it. I can’t even remember (all) the words I put in there anymore.
And if I were my old self, I would complain and pine over a missing blog post. I would explain in intricate and overly dramatic detail how life is unfair. I would moan and groan and fluster.
Because how can it be called “365” days of blogging when there’s only 364?
But I’m not my old self anymore.
If anything, this event has taught me 3 ways in which I could take care of my (WordPress) blog.
Way #1: Back up your blog
You know how it sometimes feels unnecessary to backup your work? I think it’s our ego that’s telling us in the most confident manner, “Well, I’m a careful person and I don’t let anything slip under my hands.”
But alas, no matter how careful and perfect your system is for consistently blogging, there will always be things that will happen beyond your control. So what can you do if you can’t control it?
First, you gotta let it go. Accept that whatever happened was unpleasant or–GASP!–unforeseen. (Yes, it is probable that one can never predict and plan for every possible outcome.)
Second, minimize the bad outcome: backup your blog. I recommend this plugin to automate website backups on WordPress. Which brings me to the next idea…
Way #2: Don’t write on the main WordPress editor
Especially the desktop WordPress app for Mac.
I know. The WordPress editor (app or otherwise) just seems so nice and friendly and, well, pretty.
And it has a function where you can click this button so everything else goes in the background, which lets you write peacefully.
And it’s free.
But it has a catch.
The main WordPress editor autosaves your work every time you edit it. And it appends all copies of your revision inside the database.
This results to unnecessary space being used up (which has a solution).
On the other hand, using the WordPress editor from the app (especially during its early and/ or beta stages) can lead to bugs and malfunctions.
True story, that. It happened to me:
I was, one day, mindlessly sorting my drafts from the WordPress app. Then, seemingly from the back of my eye, I found one silly post at the Trash bin. Now I can’t tell you how hopelessly obsessive-compulsive I am about emptying virtual Trash bins all the time. So I click the tab for Trash and I find a post that I’ve written before (it was Day 34) and thought, “Hmm… this must be a bug ‘cause I’ve published this already and thus this shouldn’t be here in Trash.” What did your grandma do? She clicked on “Permanently Delete” like a boss, of course!
And lo and behold, a perfectly missing Day 34 in my 365 days of blogging!
Gone forever. Which again leads me to the next topic…
Way #3: Imperfect things happen to imperfect people
Now, this isn’t just a reminder exclusive to WordPress users. Or to creatives, bloggers, and business website owners only, for that matter. It’s a reminder for everyone whose ever wanted something so bad.
Things will not always go as planned. We can’t control everything. And imperfections are sexy.
Okay, the last part I’m not 100% sure about. But you get the idea.
I have learned to expect the worst and yet still hope for the best at this age.
I’m only 27 and I know it’s not that ripe as ages go. And I’m aware of how much young people desire freedom and go #YOLO and all that.
But I also believe in responsibility, accountability, and showing up for your dreams no matter how old (or young) you are.
Creativity isn’t just finding beauty in everything. It’s creating beauty in all things everyday. No matter what happened in the past, despite what’s currently happening now, the future is still ahead of you. It’s always how you respond that matters most.
A missing blog post doesn’t overshadow the fact that I wrote that blog post. Yes, I wrote it and it was good and I published it. And that’s what matters.
More than anything, my 365 goal was never supposed to be any sort of proof that I could do it. Or that I could finish something.
It’s a challenge that I gladly voluntarily signed up for because I believe it will help me write better.
And that’s it. That’s the only reason I’m still here, writing right now.
Note: I recovered the first few parts of my Day 34 post from my social media shares and put it back where it belongs, although partially. Has any accidental content deletion ever happen to you in the past or recently? How did you feel and react? Let’s talk in the comments below.