Today Is A Bad Day For My Blog

February 10, 2009

by — Posted in Personal Writing, Technology

Seems over the last month, ever since my hosting provider moved me to a different server, I’ve had problem after problem.   Here is the latest today.   First and foremost my RSS feed seems to be borked, now it may work after this post is published, but I’ve already ruled out feedburner causing the problem.   I tried to disable all of my plugins, that didn’t fix it.   So tonight I have to go mucking around inside the code of itself and hunt down the issue.  Grrrr…

Second my SQL database that held all of movies, video games, etc. that I own got corrupted and lost all the titles to everything.   So now I have to recreate that whole database of over a thousand items.   That one will take some time, I’ll get to it eventually.

Since I don’t subscribe directly to my own RSS feed and haven’t touched the other database in months, I don’t know how long things have been broken – so I’m not blaming my hosting provider, I’m just saying it’s one thing after another.

Time to re-architect the backup strategy just in case things get progressively worse.

9 thoughts on “Today Is A Bad Day For My Blog

  1. Fixed the problem on my end with the feed – now feedburner has an issue – hopefully this will clear up shorty.

  2. Sounds like it may be time to shop for a new hosting provider? Between the mess you had when they moved everything 2 the new server and this….

    Sorry you're having such a time with it all.

  3. Well it turns out the RSS thing was my fault – so I have no one point to at my hosting provider. When I added the feature to do commenting on my photographs in the gallery I mistyped something – so while the comments worked I broke the RSS feed without realizing it. I still have 3 years left on my hosting contract so I'm not going anywhere yet, if it got too terrible I would just pay the bit extra to break the contract. While their notifications to user are not the best and most informative, and it takes me three tries to do anything with them, mostly they have been hands off and over a year I only have a couple bad things to say about them – which has gotten corrected.

    As for the other database – it may or may not be their fault. I'm leaning towards it was their fault due to the issue when they moved servers. When they re-copied everything over they didn't do a complete job since my blog software wasn't updated and other things that I had to do. Since the database for my catalog seems ot be seperate from my normal wordpress database I believe they got out of sync.

    Will it take me hours (days) to recreate – sure it will. But it exposes a flaw in my backup strategy – since it wasn't my personal writing, but more of lists – I'm not so upset with it being offline for awhile – I'm considering this a learning experience.

  4. OOPS, on the RSS thing…. with everything else, it would appear that you have the patience of a saint! Anytime you can learn something from an incident, it's good.

    Rock on!

    Disqus <> wrote: creeva wrote, in response to Miragi:

    Well it turns out the RSS thing was my fault – so I have no one point to at my hosting provider. When I added the feature to do commenting on my photographs in the gallery I mistyped something – so while the comments worked I broke the RSS feed without realizing it. I still have 3 years left on my hosting contract so I'm not going anywhere yet, if it got too terrible I would just pay the bit extra to break the contract. While their notifications to user are not the best and most informative, and it takes me three tries to do anything with them, mostly they have been hands off and over a year I only have a couple bad things to say about them – which has gotten corrected.

    As for the other database – it may or may not be their fault. I'm leaning towards it was their fault due to the issue when they moved servers. When they re-copied everything over they didn't do a complete job since my blog software wasn't updated and other things that I had to do. Since the database for my catalog seems ot be seperate from my normal wordpress database I believe they got out of sync.

    Will it take me hours (days) to recreate – sure it will. But it exposes a flaw in my backup strategy – since it wasn't my personal writing, but more of lists – I'm not so upset with it being offline for awhile – I'm considering this a learning experience.

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  5. As a security engineer you learn to plan for failures and prevent them on your own side as much as possible – so because of that I always enjoy the learning experience.

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