Sunday Post #173- Valuable Lessons and a Warning

August 9th, 2015 Kimberly Sunday Post 143 Comments

9th Aug

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

If you visited the Sunday Post in the afternoon last week  you either saw that my blog was down or perhaps saw a post with no comments. I did a bad-bad thing a little after lunch time ..I was tweaking my theme, just a little minor code when I broke something. You see I got cocky with my mad skills and didn’t copy the original code into notes before making the change. Yup…stupid, stupid, stupid. Luckily I have a plugin that backs-up my website daily and I was able to restore it. Sadly it was from Saturday morning  so all of the comments, replies etc where lost. Plus on Saturday morning my SP post was still a rough draft. It didn’t have my message, around the sphere links, title, funny meme or Fitbit update..so I scrabbled to fix all that and quickly re-publish it. Overall I got away pretty much unscathed but imagine if it had been a week, two weeks, a month since my last back-up. Yikes! So today I urge you to back-up your blog daily! This weeks haul seems huge in part because my monthly Xoxpert package came from Simon & Schuster’s XoXo After Dark. I have a fun line up of reviews and things this week from romances to thrillers. Enjoy and stay caffeinated!

Last Week on the Blog
 This Week on the Blog
  • Made For Us By Samantha Chase (review)
  • Black-Eyed Susans By Julia Heaberlin (review)
  • How The White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back By Diana Rowland (audio review)
  • Last First Kiss & Right Wrong Guy By Lia Riley (review)
  • Cover Reveal
  • Caffeinated’s 4 Year Blogoversary (event/giveaway)

 

Around the Blogosphere

 

New Arrivals to the Caffeinated Cafe

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 A special thank you to Simon & Shuster, #Xoxperts XoXo After Dark, HarperCollins, Random House and Penguin Publishing

On the Blog

I signed up for the third annual ARC August challenge hosted by the lovely ladies at Read, Sleep, Repeat. Below are the books I have read in August for the challenge:

  • The Right Wrong Guy by Lia Riley
  • The Banished Craft by E.D.E. Bell
  • Tough Love by Lori Foster
  • Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross
  • The Conquering Dark by Clay & Susan Griffith
  • Wildest Dream by Robyn Carr

 

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FitReader Updates

FitReaders 2015I am happy to report that moving took place and I averaged 4-5,000 steps a day.

 

Totally Random

heat index

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143 Responses to “Sunday Post #173- Valuable Lessons and a Warning”

  1. Deborah

    You’ve reminded me I need to be more rigorous about backing up my blog!!

    Keen to hear what you think of Black Eyed Susans as I think it’s out here in Australia soon.

    Deb

    Deborah recently posted: Weekly check-in
  2. Katherine

    I hate fixing technical issues to the point that I’ve done basically nothing behind the scenes blog-wise so I’m so impressed with everything you do. Definitely good that everything was backed up though I imagine it was a bit heart stopping! You got some great books this week! I’m looking forward to the Tessa Dare and am madly jealous of the Jayne Ann Krentz! The graphic about the heat made me laugh. I think we’re leaning to WTF over here so I completely relate!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - Aug 9
    • kimbacaffeinate

      This was the first time I have ever messed up to the point of needing a restore. .lol When I started I knew nothing and it has been fun learning. You have no idea how over the moon excited I was about the Krentz. Hands down one of my favorite authors. Thanks Katherine

  3. Bea

    We’ve had that same heat index recently; happily it’s cooled off here.

    I saw on FB that you had problems with the blog. As big of a pain as it was, at least it was only one post that was mucked up. I’m glad it wasn’t worse.

    Lots of good looking book last week, a big haul indeed! Enjoy. 🙂

    Bea recently posted: Sunday Book Share #153
  4. Greg

    I’m glad it wasn’t worse, and you’re s oright- I need to back up more. Thank you for sharing, and hope you have a good weekend. I heard Black Eyed susan was a good read…

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #103
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Black Eyes Susan was a great read. I have been enjoying some really good thrillers lately. It really is a good idea to at least back up your blog once a week

  5. Berls

    Oh man that’s like my worst fear with my blog. I have a plugin, I forget what it’s called but I can look it up if you’re interested, that backs my blog up every night and emails it to me. I need to check out your Veil review, I really enjoyed it. Happy blogoversary in advance – I’m insanely crazy lately and don’t want to chance waiting and missing it 🙂

    Berls recently posted: Sunday Post | Surprises & Stress!
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I had one similar to that Berls when I first moved to WordPress but you need to upload that file to the cloud incase your computer gets corrupted. I use a plug-in called VaultPress and it backs my site up daily and stores it. It grabs everything from theme to comments. What I love most is that I just login to their site and click a button and they restore it for you. It cost me 55.oo a year for piece of mind.

  6. Michelle

    I’m glad you got it fixed…and I don’t think I’ve ever backed my blog up. I don’t even know how to be honest, but I’m definitely one of those “eh, I’ll be fine” people and then I freak out when it occurs and curse myself.
    I really want to catch up with the Tessa Dare series, I read the first one and adored it…but I never grabbed the second one.

    Michelle recently posted: Sunday Post (165)
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh lord..you need to backup at least once a week. There are several options from downloading yourself and storing copies in dropbox to paid plugins like VaultPress which is what I use. No geek skills required. They automatically backup daily and you can restore at the touch of a button

  7. Kathy

    It’s good to hear you didn’t lose too much. I back up my blog every week but this is a good reminder! I’m reading Reawakened now and so far I like it. I would love to hear this as a audiobook! I got my XOXpert package and I think I want to read something different – either Lady Be Good or Tracker’s End. Have a great week!!

    Kathy recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #64
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am curious about both of those Kathy but will be reading the Kim Harrison novella and Sustained. I am very excited about listening to Reawakened

  8. Kathryn

    Oh dear what a muck up with the change of code. Yes indeedy great that you had a back up that was recent.
    If I could choose one book out of your to read pile it would be the JAK Secret Sisters book. There seems to be a lot of books about at moment with sister in the title!

    Kathryn recently posted: #Fit Readers and Weekly Wrap Up
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I use a plug-in called VaultPress and it cost 55.oo a year. It automatically backs up the blog daily and restores with the click of a button. This is the first time I have had to test it and it works like a charm.

  9. La La in the Library

    Your four year blog anniversary! High five! You have accomplished a lot in such a short time. Reawakened looks interesting. I like the cover quite a bit. I will be dropping back around for your anniversary post. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

    La La in the Library recently posted: THE SUNDAY POST #22
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lol. I had zero skills when I started but have come to love figuring thinks out and,writing a little code. I use a backup plugin as well. I like the piece of mind it brings

  10. Red Iza

    It happened to me too, fixing something on the blog and the whole design went down ! It took me the whole day to bring it back most of it. But otherwise, I’m like Christy – everything that’s about the books is on GR and my flash drive, so…. Oh yeah, a new series by Jim Butcher coming up, I’m a Harry Dresden fan already ! Congrats on the daily moving 🙂 We’re having a very, very warm summer here in France too – last year, we shivered from cold and the rain was pouring, go figure… Happy future anniversary, you managed to be quite a success in those 4 years 🙂

    Red Iza recently posted: The sunday post #53 : I’m back !
  11. Haniya

    TYSM for posting Around The Blogosphere!! It’s a way to find some new activities!! Love it!!

  12. Lexxie

    You know, last weekend, when you tweeted about your blog being broken and the backup, I made sure to have daily backups as well… that kind of freaked me out! I’m glad you got all your posts back, even if you are missing some comments.
    I’m very jealous that you got Aeronaut’s Windlass! I’m so excited about a new series from Butcher 🙂
    Have a great week and happy reading, Kim 🙂

    Lexxie recently posted: The Sunday Post #44
  13. A Voracious Reader

    Back up the blog? How do you do that? I figured Blogger did it automatically. Excellent book haul! And that meme…lol. Until lately that’s what it’s been like around here. Oh, man it was so gorgeous in Ohio this past week. Anna even said Thurs morning when we were packing the van to come home, “It’s chilly! I didn’t pack for winter!” It was 60º. LOL Have a great week, Kimba!

    A Voracious Reader recently posted: The Sunday Post ~ 104th Edition
    • kimbacaffeinate

      For blogger you can do a back-up from your Dashboard. It will download to your computer. I recommend you then move that file to the cloud..like Dropbox or if your laptop/computer comes with free cloud space that you use that. I am jealous of your weather!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Keep at it, google, research and follow blogs like Nose Graze. I knew nothing when I started 4 years ago, and now while I might not know exactly how to write some of it….I know the components needed and can google till I figure it out. It is challenging but a heck of a lot of fun too.

  14. Lola

    I noticed that last sunday, wow how happy you must have been to have everything backed-up. That’s my biggest fear that I break my blog and have to fix it. I have daily back-ups, but I never tried it to see if it actually works.
    I also do manual export back-ups of my content almost every day. But still I am terrified if something goes wrong and I’ll lose something. I am glad to hear you were able to fix it pretty easily, but I can imagine you still got quite a scare there for a moment.
    I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books!

    Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #138
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was delighted at how well the plugin I use worked. I simply logged into their site, went to backups chose the newest backup and clicked the “restore button” and watched as it began bringing my blog back. 🙂

  15. Holly

    I’m not gonna lie….I’m not sure I even know how to back up my blog. (using blogger) Have you written a tips and tricks on this topic before?

    Glad to hear you got it all fixed quickly!

    Holly recently posted: Sunday Post #138
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Under tools on your dashboard, click export blog and download all of your posts and comments to your computer. For safe keeping store them in the cloud with dropbox or another type of storage.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      A year and half ago I wouldn’t dare touch my theme or any files but now I go in there all the time. Usually I copy original code into Note and then do change. I was busy doing other things and thought I would just drop code in and be done..wrong..lol

    • kimbacaffeinate

      There are several, some are free but I use and prefer VaultPress. I pay 55.00 a year or 5.00 a month. They do a full back-up daily of the full blog and store it off site. What I like most is that when doing a restore I simply login to their site, go to backups, choose which to use and click restore and like magic it happens. They email and say your blog is backup you can log in. No fuss, no stress.

  16. Kristin

    Okay, I quickly looked through your comments and I didn’t see this answered yet but WTH is Sideswiped?!?!?!?! This is the first I’m hearing about it! Now I have to go hunt it down…

    Crazy people not backing up their blogs! All that hard work gone in a second POOF! I would die… I use Backup Buddy, myself. I did the one payment and done. Not as good as VaultPress but it’s something 😉

    Kristin recently posted: Sunday Post #56: Emails Are My Enemy
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Ooo it is a novella beginning her new Drifter series. You can pre-order for ,99 cents and it releases tomorrow. As long as you back-up daily its all good.

  17. Yvonne

    I need to be better at backing up my blog. That’s a very good reminder. Glad everything is back to normal for you.

    How do you like Kathy Reichs’ Bones series? I love the TV show and have wanted to read the series, but there are so many books involved. Maybe I should try the audio route?

    Have a great week!

  18. Stormi

    Glad you didn’t have to terrible of a time with your blog since it was backed up. What back up plugin do you use? I might need that…lol. You got some great books to read this week, I got the new Jim Butcher novel too! 🙂

    Happy reading!
    Stormi

    Stormi recently posted: The Week In Review #48
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I use VaultPress the paid version which is 55 a year and love how easy it is. However, there are a lot of different ones. The most important thing is that it backs up the entire blog from comments to theme and that it provides a way to store off site. If you backup to your blog keep the file in Dropbox or the like. Kristen uses Backup Buddy and paid a one time fee but I am not sure how it works.

  19. tonyalee

    Oh bummer! I am glad you were able to fix it! What plugin do you use??

    I have Sustained coming up! I love the sound of that one. Have a good week, lady! 😀

    tonyalee recently posted: The After Hours Weekly – (30)
  20. Jessica

    Oooh very nice! Seeing a lot of Reawakened going around today! Loved that one! The rest of your reads are pretty new to me though I am seeing a lot of Own and the City of Light today! Hope you enjoy all your new reads!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

    Jessica recently posted: Stacking the Shelves
  21. Jan

    It must have been scary when you first realized you had a problem on your blog, Kimba. Thank goodness you had the site backed up. I need to make sure my plug-in is backing up like it’s supposed to. I haven’t checked that for awhile.

    You got some great looking books this week! I hope you enjoy them all and have a less eventful Sunday this week!

    Jan recently posted: Sunday Post: Aug 9
  22. Tanya

    So, I’m thinking I maybe need to change my backup to daily instead of weekly…. Awesome book haul this month! I think the heat is killing us all. Here in Texas I’ve been one mean, cranky old lady. I HATE the heat!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have so much content in a week that I prefer daily. If you won’t have a meltdown like me weekly is good. Just be sure and backup right before you do any changes

  23. Melissa (My World...in words and pages)

    Oh my! Well good thing for that plug-in! That is a hard thing when you lose everything like that. My stomach would have dropped and I would have been sick. I’m not sure how to back up blogger, or if there is a back up to do for my posts. I’ve thought of that before but never really found anything out about it.

    Glad you are all squared away again, with just comments lost. Hope you have a good week.

  24. Cindy

    Oh No! I did the same thing as well (a few times) I love to play around with colors and fonts:) I am so glad that you had your backups! I do a daily backup as well. Have a great week!

    Cindy recently posted: The Musabi Murder by Frankie Bow
  25. Elizabeth the Evil Overlord

    From Scratch seems like another fun food/cooking book, and I always love Jayne Anne Krentz.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah it was scary, they just kept coming. Thankfully I am only obligated to review a few of them, and others I was excited to add.

  26. Jenna

    I’m glad you had a recent backup. After I saw on Twitter or a blog comment somewhere that you had that problem, I went to check that my backup plugin was doing it’s job right. I’ve just been trusting that it is. And it is, but I feel better having checked it.

    Jenna recently posted: Weekly Rewind: August 2 – 8
  27. Ro

    Thank goodness you saved. I know it was rough when you saw what happened, but thank goodness you were able to get most everything back. Kudos on the step revolution! Yay! You’ve got a few goodies that i’m really looking forward to your reviews. Happy Sunday and BIG Hugs…Ro

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes it is always scary, but my motto is be prepared. I survived and I am ready for the zombie apocalypse if that ever happens as well.

  28. Charlie

    Your Totally Random ecard matches something I put in my Sunday Post about the heat! I am glad that there was little damage done last week to your blog. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..heat is on all of our minds August is looking brutal but in February we will have forgotten and be bitching about the cold..lol

  29. Rita

    Glad you worked out your coding problems just fine! I feel a connection to Secret Sisters and Sidewiped from your selections. Your Totally Random pic is totally on target 🙂

    Rita recently posted: No Weekly Wrap-Up-- No Reading?
  30. Sophia Rose

    Yikes, yeah, big scare there. So glad you just had your backup done. My computer crashed earlier this week and I had all the necessaries stored on exterior hard drive so it was a pain, but not out and out panic.

    That is so cool about your xoxopert box. Enjoy all your lovelies!
    Way to go on your fitbit and on your ARC challenge.

  31. Paige

    I love the cover and title of Reawakened and I have added it to my TBR list!

    This is my first “Sunday Post,” as I try to delve into book blogging … so thanks much for hosting 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hi Terri, I use VaultPress the paid version. It is about 55.00 a year but they backup automatically for you and restore with the click of a button. I love the how stress free it is.

  32. Introverted jen

    What a haul! I’m glad your blog turned out okay. That would be scary! We’ve been somewhere between OMG and WTF for quite a while now. I swear we aren’t usually this hot for this long! Oh well. Enjoy your week!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am looking forward to that one as well. Yeah, I got a little cocky and didn’t follow all the safety steps I normally do..thank gods for backups 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Under tools in the blogger dashboard you can export you blog to your pc. It should save all posts and comments. Not sure about your theme though.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I only lost about 100 comments, so no biggie..and it was my fault. I use the plug-in VaultPress. I pay around 55.oo annually, but they automatically back up every detail of my blog and when I did the restore it was so easy. I logged into their site, went to backups, selected the most recent backup (the day before) and hit restore. They did everything and emailed me when my site went back up. No stress.