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Practicing What You Preach

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Martha Vaughan And Stevie Ray VaughanStevie & Martha Vaughan, in progress.  We are all works in progress, and recently I found myself in a situation where, I did not practice what I preached and forward progress stood still in my brain!!

What happened you ask?

A site I worked on got Hacked! This isn’t a tech site by any means, but there is a lesson to be learned.

Back Up.. Back UP and BACK UP! I sat wondering.. and did used several tricks that were in the bag o’ goodies, but to no avail.

My first bit of advice if you are working on a blogging platform, keep a good copy of the theme, actually keep two copies, one locally and one on an external hard drive.   Don’t rely on the wordpress back up’s completely dump your site and it’s contents onto that external drive.

It couldn’t possibly have been in the theme I saved a month ago.. WRONG.. it can be.  After realizing the errors of my ways, I put my plea’s for help to some friends that are guru’s – some help was received but not a complete fix… it forced me to sit, and concentrate on that fix.

I got myself miffed that there was no one to come to my rescue… I finally sat down and mentally got myself into the problem and began the rebuild.  I knew it was going to be tedious, and I was being lazy…I wanted someone to fix it for me… bwahhhh (as my nephew says)

Well the fact of the matter is, I learned a few lessons! When we put our mind to things, we can figure them out.  When we call out for help and perhaps it’s not there, maybe there is a lesson to be learned, I re-honed some of my skills and was not allowed the easy way out! I walked away with a sense of accomplishment, I knew I could do it, but I was taking the lower road! Oh yeah.. and back up your data!.

8 Comments

1

Good for you Susie, you are amazing and know when to ask for help and when to do it yourself. Mighty fine quality in a person.

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The best fix, is the one you have to sweat bullets for!
When things get fixed too fast, you miss the important details
and you are bound to repeat your mistakes over and over again
” Take a little trip back, with Father Tiresias, Listen to the one speak of all he has lived though” (Genesis-The Cinema Show)
Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile yourself, it will only make your life richer and fuller, no matter what the outcome is

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“I put my plea’s for help to some friends that are guru’s – some help was received but not a complete fix… it forced me to sit, and concentrate on that fix”.

Susie, I take that sentence personally. I don’t mind airing my baggage either, so you should tell the whole story with the lost email to me. I’m floored. I really don’t know what to say. You win Dude.

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@Danny – in all fairness, yes.. I sent the login’s but you never got them! This I found to be a lesson to me.. for whatever reason, this prompted me to put on my thinking cap and not be lazy, that was my whole point about practicing what you preach. It was not meant to be taken personally, I am truly sorry!

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” I knew it was going to be tedious, and I was being lazy…”

That sums up a lot of my life. I’m getting down to my Income Tax accounts…I despise it…but I know that I’ll feel good when I’ve finished it.

I’ve had lots of computer problems…It’s the ones I’ve fixed myself that I feel satisfied about…and have gained the greatest ‘pleasure’ from…and learned from

Good for you Susie

xhenry
.-= soulMerlin´s last blog ..Happy Birthday Liz =-.

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@Henry – there is nothing more satisfying than that feeling of accomplishment!

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Susie,

That sounds truly horrendous. I am thankful that my site has yet to be hacked, but I take the moral of your story seriously.

I need to backup my site more often and I can certainly appreciate how tedious it might be to have to reconstruct so many things from scratch or near scratch.

I am glad things are running smoothly again. Rolling up your sleeves and doing whatever is necessary is often a great antidote to what ails you.

Best,
Jay
.-= Jay Zuck´s last blog ..Visualizing Psychology Canadian Edition =-.

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at least you got a lesson from it….I agree with you ..need to have not just one back up….I also had a problem my files were all gone right now..I don’t have back ups for it and I am so stress now for my computer burned out…

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