Around the end of December, I started noticing issues with the server that this blog runs on. I quickly realized that the hard drive was failing, and although I tried to swiftly preserve the data, I was unsuccessful at backing the blog’s content up.
The most recent backup I had was from March 15, 2020. 😬 Back up your stuff, y’all!
Luckily, I’ve been able to manually copy much, though not all, of the old content from the snapshots saved by the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, which is just an absolute saving grace. Over the next several weeks, I’ll be attempting to recreate these posts. I expect things will be a little broken for a while as I try to put things back together.
In the longer term, I’ve realized that it might be time to close down this WordPress blog and switch to a different kind of online presence—perhaps one that’s not burdened by over a decade of backlog, or by a stack of technologies like PHP and MySQL that I barely understand. I’m strongly considering switching to a static site made using Hugo, which would reduce the technical complexity significantly while also allowing me to craft a more bespoke site, one that feels more personal. In the process, I’ll probably remove a good chunk of my blog posts so that only the content I deem relevant and meaningful remains.
But seriously, back up your stuff!
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