Still Standing

Life of a Digital Blogger

If you visit Blogging4Jobs frequently or follow me on Twitter, you may have say or read about what I’ve dubbed Blogageddon.  Last week I updated some software on my hosting site and lost 4 months of content as well as the custom template (you see here).  This last week has been one of the hardest for me in my digital blogging life and after almost a week have come to grips with the fact that much of the blog posts, comments, and information is gone.

Still Standing

I came to realize in the last few days how much I rely on my digital community, my blog, and other tools to not only function as a mostly virtual business but also engage my family and friends.  Ryleigh, my two year old Skypes with her Daddy during the week who is on a project in Philadephia.  I share photos with my sisters and family using Facebook and Flickr, and I use the power of blogging as my voice to move an industry into a new direction.  As someone who is an advocate for social media, I also struggle with the balance that one must have in order to be successful most importantly as a mother, wife, and business person (in this order).  So it may not have been a coincidence that last Monday, I dedicated myself to a 3 day a week yoga regiment which certainly came in handy during Blogageddon.  I was able to center myself, stay focused and calm.  Well, as calm as any one person can be in a situation like this.  And yes, tears were shed.

So over the course of the next several weeks, I’ll be piecing my blog back together.  My Backup WordPress Plugin also failed (not to mention the hosting restore) so I am relying on email subscribers to help me re-create my content and it is because of this that I will share with you backup tools and resources based on my own experiences.

I want to thank you (my readers and community) for supporting Blogging4Jobs.  Thank you for taking the time to read my articles and rants.  It is because of you that I continue on this journey together.  Thank you for being so supportive.  Don’t hesitate to tweet or email me directly if you have comments, suggestions, or just want to chat.

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell is the founder of Workology, a digital resource that reaches more than a half million HR and workplace leaders each month and host of the Workology Podcast. Jessica lives in Austin, TX, with her husband, daughter, and an assortment of furry family members.

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  1. Matt Cheuvront says

    I’m sorry this had to happen to you, Jessica. I’ll do everything I can to get you back up to speed and ensure that this never happens again.

    Props to you for turning a negative situation into a positive one, and a learning experience. It’s pretty amazing how attached we (myself included) become to our blogs and website – they really are a digital extension of ourselves. Upwards and onwards!

  2. Bryan Wempen says

    Jess, Welcome back to almost par, you will back and stronger probably quicker than even you can imagine. What a marathon of truly having very little control over anything, make me really think hard about my technology and approach to technology. Then we I start thinking hard about it I’m completely freaked out on a couple of fronts but then I “think” about yoga (not actually doing it) just thinking about it and I’m calmed down again.

    My whole point is….. welcome back! Your friend, Bryan –

  3. Recruiting Animal says

    Regiment should be regimen.

    Once late at night I guess I was sleepy and reflexively opened a document attached to an email that said Jimi Hendrix. I immediately heard it start chopping my hard drive to bits.


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