A moment of alarm set in late afternoon on Friday. My site would not load and I realized it was not my connection. Figuring it would be back up soon, I didn’t stress too much about it. That is, until I submitted a ticket and discovered my server was down due to a hardware malfunction and they didn’t know what was causing the problems.
Fast forward a few hours and I am told that we are moving to a different server. At this point I still hadn’t panicked because at least it was happening on a weekend and not at a a busy time or a day when a giveaway was ending.
My site had been restored but it was an entire week old! I was missing many posts along with more than TWO THOUSAND comments, most of which were entries on my contests. I was devastated but was almost certain that my host should have a newer backup. They did but it took several tries to get my site updated as of Thursday and that didn’t happen until after midnight on Saturday.
Even with this newer version I was still missing a couple of posts, many of my pictures from this past week and several hundred comments, including those made when the old version of my site was up on Saturday. (Not to mention a virtually completed review and giveaway post that will have to be rewritten tomorrow. Ugh.)
I do have comments emailed to me (not including spam or pending, although pending was pretty much up to date with these changes) and so I had hundreds of missing entries sitting in my mailbox. While I knew it would be a painstakingly slow process, I want to assure you that I sat for a few hours today updating all my giveaways with the missing entries on all my giveaway posts. It was manual and tedious but I wouldn’t have felt right knowing that my readers had done the work to enter a giveaway, only to have it not count.
I wanted to be completely upfront about this in case anyone thought such activities like amount of entries in a short time frame for example, seemed suspicious. I did not update the entries manually for the exact date and time in which they were entered. That would have probably sent me over the edge and it frankly isn’t important. While I’m certain there were a couple that may have gotten missed while sitting in my spam folder of my blog, I did everything I could to make sure I counted all the entries I possibly could. And for that, I can sleep a little better tonight.
I apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused and thanks for your understanding and patience.