Iâ€™m writing this after upgrading my WordPress Blog from version 2.1 to version 2.5 without having my heart completely stop â€¦ but almost! I stupidly did not back-up my files â€¦ just followed the directions after being advised by WordPress that my old version was open to security issues.Â
I did save my old WordPress files â€¦ sort of â€¦ probably not the right ones though â€¦ and did everything right, but when I went to my blog the header was there with a message like you get when you first set-up a WordPress blog and all my old posts and links and all were gone. 2 years of posts GONE!!!! And probably no way to get them back â€¦ or at least not without A LOT of work.
I started Twittering my panic asking for help, and Doug Noon and a few others chimed in. After 10 or so minutes that seemed like an hour, Doug finally Twitted a suggestion that I needed to follow-through on updating my database and that did it â€¦ everything came back â€¦ my heart was beating again and everything.
This is one of those examples that those of us that see value in Twitter tend to bring up from time to time â€¦ the quick response from many minds you can access (in 140 characters or less). This is not the ONLY way Iâ€™ve found value in Twitter, but tonight it was good enough.
Learning is messy!