Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Progress (Or Maybe Not)

I have actually been getting quite a few things done that have been nagging me (no, not the big things that have been on my list since last year, but others) and that feels great. Thing is, most of them aren't on the list, so what do I do? I add them to the list of course so that I can then strike them out....duh!!!

One of the things that I have wanted to do was get all my book posts on my reading blog switched over to Powell's from Amazon because I am not doing business with Amazon anymore. While I was waiting to do this, I had made most of my old posts into drafts so they wouldn't be seen and therefore the links to Amazon would not be available. This included all of my year end recaps.

Okay, so the other day, I spend a fair amount of time updating that blog with my new post for July which had all my books from our trip listed in it. While I am on there, I figure, what the heck, why not just get the update for the year ending 2007 done and then fix those other posts. I do this.

Now, here is the bad part.

After I was all done, I go to view the blog and realize that in the year end recaps, the html I was using to show little stars for rating of books, was not showing little stars in anything but Internet Explorer. Well, if you know from a previous post, I recently switched over to Firefox from IE because it pissed me off one day, and that is how I am...I love using Firefox now but there are small (miniscule actually) cases where I still do need to go on the web in IE. Anyhow, I wanted the posts to show stars in Firefox so I did some searching and found some html that would work to make this happen.

I went back to the recaps (which mind you have only been re-published for one day at this point) to get this done. Basically, I copied the html (Ctrl C) I needed to use, and then selected the old area, deleted it with a backspace and then pasted in the html from my clipboard using my keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl V). This worked fine on two of the recaps and most of a third. Unfortunately, one of the quirky things about Firefox is that sometimes it doesn't get along with Blogger....and what is selected in the post editing window is not what gets deleted....you can see where this is going, right?

Yep, that is right. For my 2005 book list, most of it was deleted during this process of modification, but it was happening above where I could see in the ITTY BITTY POST EDITING WINDOW BLOGGER GIVES US. So I dind't notice it until I had already re-published the post......

As soon as I realized what had happened, I tried to get back to the previous version and couldn't (those fast Blogger servers), and even tried to find a cached copy of it online. Unfortunately, that didn't work either because the recaps were posts that hadn't be online except for that day and therefore hadn't been recently cached by the search engines. I even wrote to our friendly Blogger Employee (being a Blog*Star does sometimes have its perks) and he was not able to help me retrieve even a text copy of it.

So if there is anyone out there that does read my reading blog regularly and might have printed or saved a copy of my 2005 list to read from....I would love a copy of it....otherwise it is just one more thing lost to the ethernet...

Right now, I have the post saved as draft until I can figure something out. I don't own most of the books I read during that time anymore so I don't even know where to start to recompile it. I DIDN'T BACK UP the post like I SHOULD have.....back up, people, back up,...I am living proof of losing something you don't want to lose.


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Chicken said...

That sucks. I hope you are able to recover it. Yep I need to back up my photos on the home computer. Bad Chicken!!

Joanne said...

Yuck that's awful!. Have you ever tried to use (or have any interest in using) shelfari? I like it to hold onto my books and rate them and all that.

Haha said...

I will look to see if I printed that one out - I hope so...