Last night I was watching a program about the past seasons and the new season of Downton Abbey. I was into it for about a half hour when I started a blog post about my very favorite series. I wrote around 600 words, talking about everything from Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess to my inability to get too excited about Mary and Matthew.
I said my favorite character, after Violet and Cora, is Anna. She is luminous and, even in the background, she stands out.
I wrote much more and it I may say so, it was probably brilliant. (Oh, it wasn’t. But it was mine, all mine.) I know I saved it before I shut my laptop down–and even if I didn’t, it’s supposed to auto-save. But when I went to look it over and publish it this morning it was gone. I mean GONE.
It wasn’t in drafts. It wasn’t in the trash. It was nowhere. So I went looking for some advice and found that this is pretty common in WordPress. Some techies thought there might be a way to find it again, but whatever it was they suggested I do, I knew it wasn’t in me to do it. I just didn’t get it. They said it may not work, anyway, so I just let it go. But it’s been bothering me all day.
Is there another way to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Should I be writing my posts offline and then pasting them here? It seems so much easier to just write them here, where all of the tools reside, but from now on I hope I can remember to keep a copy offline before I push any buttons or shut down.
Let me just say that this has never happened to my Blogger blog. Never. Ever. Blogger likes me and lets me know. WordPress hates me. I don’t know what to do about that, either, but I’m going to watch my Ps and Qs around here from now on.
Thanks for listening. And if you know where it is, there’s no reward but you’ll have my eternal gratitude.