Wednesday, June 28, 2006


People need trouble- - a little frustration to sharpen the spirit on, toughen it. Artists do; I don’t mean you need to live in a rat hole or gutter, but you have to learn fortitude, endurance. Only vegetables are happy. ~William Faulkner

I have been plinking along as a newbie in the blogosphere. I was proud when I could correct my spelling errors. Learning to upload a photo was exciting. I learned how to add music to my blog. I found some cool things to put on my side bar. I learned how to add links in html to the template. Other than blogger being down for maintenance or having other problems I was doing fine.

Until….I went to add a link to my blog yesterday. I clicked the save changes button. I waited 15 minutes. The next thing that happened was my template was gone! All I got when I opened my blog was a black page with It’s a Raggedy Life in a square on top. I went to the edit post list. It showed my posts were there. When I clicked on the view button for the post I got the same black page as when I opened my blog to view it. I went back to the dashboard. I started a new blog. I saved the template from the new blog. I went back to my old blog and did a copy paste to my template. I got my profile back and my posts.

I read a post not long ago and I do not remember who you are. You wrote about printing your blogs and saving them in three ring binders. You also said in case any one ever wanted to know what their Grandma was about they could read them. I may not have that exactly right but something along those lines. I had never tried printing my blog. After I read your post I printed one of my posts just to see what that would look like. I then put it in a pile of papers that I have stacked on a shelf. I want you to know how much finding that one printed post meant to me. I had lost my sidebar and all my links! From the printed page I was able to find the blogs that were on my links. I took the names from that printed page. I had to search to find each and every one of you. I had to find your web address and enter you all back in the template. If I missed someone please let me know. That three ring binder woman sure got me out of a tight spot.

I can’t find my calendar or my horoscope badge. I searched and searched the internet and could not find where I got them. I got a cool new clock though. I found my friends and that was the most important thing.

I copied and pasted my template to a word document in case this kind of thing happens again. I am writing about this because the three ring binder idea saved my friends. I also thought many of you might want to head to your template and copy and paste it somewhere safe in case this were to ever happen to you.

Woooohooooo my mystery woman dropped in and left a comment! Thank you Kenju !!!!!


Blogger OldLady Of The Hills said...

Well that's everybody's worst nightmare in the Blogworld, isn't it! I think it was Kenju that suggested that abnout the three ring binder or it may have been Colleen, too..(Do you visit Coleen?) Anyway... I save every post to WORD and then to a Disk! I don't know if that is as good as what you are suggesting, but that is what I do.

Thanks so much for helping to make this BIG Birthday number of mkine a Wonderful and Memorable Day! And thanks for coming bsck to help clean up, too! (lol)
It was such fun yesterday...!

June 28, 2006 3:47 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Ahhhh the joys of Blogger... actually, save a copy of your template in the Notepad and save it as a .txt file or the Word file will add characters and it will be really messy.

I make a copy of my template every time I make a change, actually, I got in that habit when I used to have Blogger. I had to learn the hard way that my posts should be backed up as well, each one is put into a .txt file too. A worm of some sort got into my WordPress blog in Feb and all my posts were lost. Live and learn...

I'm glad you managed to find most of what was lost, it is such a nightmare and feels like losing part of our home! *HUUUUUGS*

June 28, 2006 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmmmm, ya know, I never thought to save my template. Good idea!

June 28, 2006 4:42 PM  
Blogger Miss Cellania said...

I had so many problems with Blogger... still do! I always saved templates. I still have a file full of different versions on my computer. But I also recommend storing info elsewhere. Burn a CD maybe. I mail all posts to myself at gmail, since they have so much storage space... but all the web-based mail systems do now. I don't even have to mail it, Squarespace does that for me automatically.

June 28, 2006 4:49 PM  
Blogger EV said...

Ditto Karen. Yep, we learn to backup quickly, don't we?? ;)

June 28, 2006 5:55 PM  
Blogger Teresa said...

Gotta love technology

June 28, 2006 6:27 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

Yes, it was I who sugested printing your blogs, Raggedy, and I am most pleased to know that you took the suggestion and it saved the day for you!! How nice to know that. Thanks for the visit tonight, and may I say don't toss your old purses - sell them on ebay! You'd be surprised what other people will buy.....LOL

June 28, 2006 10:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. Always back up your template in notebook.

June 28, 2006 10:41 PM  
Blogger Moogie said...

I'm with the others. Back it up early and back it up often. :) I'm glad you are backup and running!!!! How scarey. You did great!

June 29, 2006 5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yikes! is right! I hate it when that happens. I've had an entire system go down and after weeks of having to re-enter all the data, I learned.

Now, Backup is my middle name!

June 29, 2006 8:25 AM  
Blogger Huw said...

I had a similar problem the other week - I think you actually mentioned it in a comment - but I hadn't been tinkering with my template at all. After much head scratching I eventually just tried hitting republish, and that did the trick. Most odd.

June 29, 2006 5:07 PM  
Blogger mrhaney said...

i had the same thing happen to me so every month i make a copy of my template and i mail it to my e-mail sites that i joined for free. my i.s.p. is msn and that has an e-mail but i also send it to two others yahoo is one of them. it comes in real handy at times.

June 29, 2006 8:31 PM  
Blogger Merle said...

Hi Raggedy ~~ Thanks for your comments. Glad you enjoy the jokes etc
About saving your posts (printing) I
wait till most of the comments are in and then print. So as I reply to them, I read from my print out.Oterwise I
forget who said what. Have a great weekend. Take care, Merle.

June 30, 2006 5:47 AM  

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