First of all – thank you folks for all the sweet wishes for my Dad! Dad has a strict no-blog-commenting policy, even on his daughter’s blog, so you’ll have to accept my thanks, on his behalf. 🙂
Since the Dad-post, things have been a *bit* on the nutsy side over here at RWH Headquarters. In a nutshell:
1. On Friday, I ran 27 miles. This deserves a separate post of its own.
2. On Saturday evening, I realized I had some website wonkies that needed to be addressed, ASAP. *#&%*$ !!!!!!
3. On Saturday, about 30 minutes after this ^ discovery, KMN sheepishly confessed that, after “tinkering” with one of the valves at the back of the toilet, there was now water leaking all over the floor in one of our bathrooms. Double *%^*#&*@ !!!!
I did the only thing I could think of to do: I took a shower. In another bathroom. And I went to bed. No one was going to die from website wonkies or a small clean-water leak overnight. This was the best move for everyone involved.
Sunday started early, and we were out all day, then returned home in the evening for a lengthy travel-planning session. “Travel planning?” you may be asking.
Why yes! Because. . .well. . .we’re taking a long-weekend-vacation to LONDON (!!!!) in a few days. Thursday and Friday are both holidays in Singapore, and KMN has some business travel to do as well, so we’re tying in a trip to explore a bit more of London (we’ve been before, but certainly didn’t see everything). By the we had a basic itinerary in place, it was after 8 PM. I finally snuck out for my last few miles of the week:
KMN took care of dinner, and shortly after we ate, I passed out on the couch for an hour, waking only to shower and move to the bed.
You may (or may not) see where this (very boring) story is (finally) going: Monday morning dawned, and I was none-too-keen to spend my last few days before mini-vacation dealing with website annoyances and leaky toilets.
But heck, London was the carrot dangling at the end of the week, so I sat down with my coffee and dug in to the website. I – like most running bloggers, I think – am solidly “average” in the Tech-Savvy department. I don’t have tons of specialized knowledge in database management, server organization, HTML, or CSS. Nor do I have the budget to hire someone to manage all of this for me. Thus, I do some research, tinker a bit, and keep things as organized, orderly, and safe as possible.
And one thing that my website has taught me is how techie folks can zone out in front of the computer for hours. I’m usually the kind of person who can’t sit for more than an hour without hopping up to tend the laundry, get some water, use the foam roller, grab a snack, etc. etc. But I was totally immersed today, for about four hours straight. And in the end, I think things have been pretty well sorted out, and we’re back to full functionality. I have to admit that I’m also feeling pretty accomplished/pleased with myself – honestly, this feeling is not unlike the one I get when I finish a challenging workout!
So go ahead – click on everything. If you find something that’s broken, please do let me know. And I know the Header photo is missing. I had plans to replace the old one anyway, so I’m leaving it this way until I get the new one beautified and uploaded. We’ll just be
headless header-less for awhile.
And the toilet? Well, it doesn’t leak unless it’s flushed. That’s good enough for me, at the moment.
So after a late lunch [KMN says 5:30 isn’t late lunch, but if I didn’t actually EAT lunch (see “immersed”, above), then I’m going to call it lunch], I treated myself to some ice cream. The ice cream quality was far superior to the photo quality (look right). Post-ice cream, the bathroom floor was still dry, and the website was still functioning. I’m calling that a WIN. [And noting that website issues lead to increased sugar consumption. Whoops!]
So now, I think it’s time to pack my bags. And write some blog posts (workout round-ups, calf rolling, wedding photo blitz, etc.). And talk to both my husband and parents without getting cranky. And give thanks that I do regular website back-ups. Which brings me to:
BLOGGERS: Back up your websites! This means your files AND your databases (if you have your own server space). Files AND databases!!! Not tomorrow, but TODAY!
You won’t need most of these back-ups. But eventually, there will be a day when you need one – just the most recent one – and you, too, will be giving thanks that you have it. If you don’t know how to do a back-up, take the time to figure it out, or ask for help.
In the aftermath of this experience, I’ve also decided that my website needs its own journal. Or, rather, I need a journal for my website. This helps me keep track of the changes and adjustments I make – and how I make them. Hopefully, this makes un-doing, fixing, or re-doing (as the case may be) considerably easier. [This is just like a running/training log, ya know?] And if you’re gonna have a journal, it might as well be pretty, right?
And with that…I’m off to dig my jeans from the back of the closet. I hear that London is cooler than Singapore. So I say: Bring on the denim!!
Bloggers: What’s your #1 piece of advice you have for dealing with the technical side of managing a blog/website?
[“Back-up regularly” is a bit overused, albeit critically important. So I would say “Don’t be afraid” – provided that you’ve backed everything up!!]
#1 Must-See and #1 Must-Eat in London? Go: