Recovering from disaster

OH NO! Tuesday last week I got ready to write my blog post, went to our website, and ALL OF THE IMAGES WERE GONE! All of my blog posts were gone! WHAT HAPPENED?

Well, we still don’t know for sure what happened. Thank goodness my husband and keeper-of-all-things tech had made a back-up of our website two weeks ago, and we were able to restore the product information and the blog texts. But we had to restore ALL of the images, more than 500 of them, one at a time, by hand. That’s a lot of images. By hand. Did I mention one at a time? It took both of us working all weekend to get it done, but hopefully we’re back up and running.

As far as disasters go, this one is minor. I’m able to put it in perspective. I remember Katrina, and a retailer posting about the damage to their shop. I tried to help as best I could, in my small way. And I also remember stitchers posting about their losses from Sandy, and other stitchers losing everything in a fire. Images lost in cyberspace? That’s nothing compared to losing a lifetime of stash, threads, canvases, finished work.

I’ve often thought of what I would try to save, if I had time, in the face of an emergency. My models, of course – by far the most important part of the business, and the most expensive to replace. My computer, with the files for the charts, definitely. Those two things, in that order. My husband is meticulous about backing up the computer, and now the website as well.

I’ve also gotten to see the generosity of stitchers, who gave of their stash to help restore what was lost. After all, I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one who has bought the same thing twice, or has more thread than I’ll ever be able to stitch, or other things that could be rehomed. And stitchers are the most generous people I know, always, every time. It’s comforting to know that should disaster strike, our community is ready to help.

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