I discovered recently that this blog was broken. Out of nearly three years’ worth of entries I had put up, only ten remain. The database had apparently become corrupted and roughly 90% of my old entries were gone, just gone. I contacted my hosting company and asked if they could restore it from backup. And they could — but the oldest backup they had was just a week old. They do daily backups and keep them for seven days. That’s it. If you need anything older than that, you’re shit out of luck.
I find some ironic symmetry in that, that a blog about motorcycles — which don’t back up — is hosted by a company that doesn’t really do backups either. Ironic in a “wow, that’s really fucked up” kind of way, but ironic nonetheless.
So my mission over the next couple of days is to rebuild as much of the site as I can from Google and Yahoo cache searches. And going forward, I’m obviously going to keep my own backups.
The hosting company is www.totalchoicehosting.com, by the way. I highly recommend them if you enjoy losing your data.