Thank you all for your patience. Today I’m going to be blogging about something can really put a wrench in your finely-tuned writing machine.
A week ago, everything was going fine until I fired up my computer and saw a dreaded sentence—an error message on my computer screen that my hard drive had crashed.
As a writer, I know the value of backing things up and had been using www.dropbox.com. When I went to go see what I could get, however, it appeared that the service had not been working properly for about two months. Luckily, I had also emailed myself a few things, but many things were simply gone.
My hard drive is now at a data recovery service, and I’m assured that will be very expensive. I hope that they will be able to recover the data, because it is priceless. I do not know yet.
What can we take away from this? Here are a few of my thoughts:
1. Backup in multiple locations. You may think that what you are doing is enough. You never know when multiple things could go wrong, as in my case. Use your email, a service like dropbox or Carbonite, and external media such as external hard drives and flash drives.
2. Backup often. I would recommend doing it every day. That way, if something does happen, you will never lose more than a day’s worth of writing.
3. Don’t get complacent. I let myself get caught up in other things and didn’t worry enough about important things. Don’t let that happen to you.
As such, I’m not exactly sure what my word count is. I’m plugging along with my goals for April and will try to figure things out as I get my data back.
I hope this will help some of you out there o prevent what has happened to me.
I’ll be back later this week with an update on “The Secret Garden”. See you then!
Until then, live bravely and write well!