Month: February 2009

Data Backup Day

I am in the midst of a website crisis. I run my blogs, including this one, and my business website using WordPress. They are all easy to back up, and all are easy to upgrade WordPress except for the business one, which requires a manual upgrade. I won’t go into the reasons for this, but I moved it a couple of times and the server can’t find it to upgrade it any more.

I’ve done this upgrade before and it works fine. The last one appears to have been in September. When I tried it yesterday i followed the instructions: I backed up the files using FTP, I checked that some of the folders could be opened in the backup, I deleted the files off the server, I copied the new files onto the server, I went to run the upgrade program, and it couldn’t find it. My website wouldn’t display, I couldn’t get into the admin. It was stuffed.

You have probably spotted the problem by now. I went to replace the files with my backup and a great deal of it wasn’t there. Horrors. I’d checked that the folders had been created but I didn’t check enough of them to see that many of them were empty. No backup. This is what they mean when they say “my heart sank”. You can feel it hit bottom.

This was yesterday, at about 7pm, when I realised that my website was completely stuffed. It’s now nearly 4pm the next day and I have only just got the pages back, but not all the plugins – contact forms, e-commerce and all that stuff. I’ve tried all sorts of things, not helped by my imperfect knowledge of how the thing works.

I don’t know what I did wrong with the original upgrade. Maybe it was too big a jump between the version I was on and the current version. But I do know that if I’d been able to restore everything from my backup I wouldn’t have had the heart-hit-the-floor experience and I wouldn’t have been up til midnight trying to find out how to fix it.

The lesson here is:

Don’t just run the backup – check it.

Check it properly.

Check that everything you need is there in case you need to use it.

Kreative Blogger Awards

Kreativ Blogger Award

I have been nominated for the Kreative Blogger Award by a lovely blogger in San Diego called Gini. I am honoured, and very surprised, to be receiving recognition from someone so far away!


You can see Gini’s nominations here.

I am now supposed to nominate 7 other bloggers for the same award, and I will make the time to do that very soon, I promise!

BBC Book List – how many have you read?

Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here.

How many did you read, and which ones?


  • Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. 
  • Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE. 
  • Star (*) those you plan on reading. 
  • Put ? on the ones you’ve never heard of. 
  • Tally your total at the bottom. 
  1. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen XXX++
  2.  The Lord of the Rings – JRR Tolkien XXX++ 
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte X 
  4. Harry Potter series – JK Rowling XX+ 
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee X 
  6. The Bible 
  7. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte X 
  8. Nineteen Eighty Four – George Orwell X 
  9. His Dark Materials – Philip Pullman ? (why is a book I’ve never heard of in the top 10?)
  10. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens 
  11. Little Women – Louisa M Alcott X 
  12. Tess of the D’Urbervilles – Thomas Hardy X 
  13. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller X 
  14. Complete Works of Shakespeare X 
  15. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier 
  16. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien XXX++ 
  17. Birdsong – Sebastian Faulks ?
  18. Catcher in the Rye – JD Salinger 
  19. The Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger 
  20. Middlemarch – George Eliot 
  21. Gone With The Wind – Margaret Mitchell X 
  22. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald X 
  23. Bleak House – Charles Dickens X (reading now) 
  24. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy X 
  25. The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy X 
  26. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh X 
  27. Crime and Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky X 
  28. Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck 
  29. Alice in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll X 
  30. The Wind in the Willows – Kenneth Grahame 
  31. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy X 
  32. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens 
  33. Chronicles of Narnia – CS Lewis 
  34. Emma – Jane Austen XXX++ 
  35. Persuasion – Jane Austen XX+ 
  36. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – CS Lewis 
  37. The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini 
  38. Captain Corelli’s Mandolin – Louis De Bernieres X 
  39. Memoirs of a Geisha – Arthur Golden 
  40. Winnie the Pooh – AA Milne X 
  41. Animal Farm – George Orwell X 
  42. The Da Vinci Code – Dan Brown X 
  43. One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X 
  44. A Prayer for Owen Meaney – John Irving 
  45. The Woman in White – Wilkie Collins 
  46. Anne of Green Gables – LM Montgomery 
  47. Far From The Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy X 
  48. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood X 
  49. Lord of the Flies – William Golding X 
  50. Atonement – Ian McEwan X 
  51. Life of Pi – Yann Martel 
  52. Dune – Frank Herbert X 
  53. Cold Comfort Farm – Stella Gibbons 
  54. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen XX+ 
  55. A Suitable Boy – Vikram Seth X 
  56. The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon 
  57. A Tale Of Two Cities – Charles Dickens ** 
  58. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley X 
  59. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon ?
  60. Love In The Time Of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez X 
  61. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck 
  62. Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov 
  63. The Secret History – Donna Tartt ?
  64. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold ?
  65. Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (I loved the TV series!) 
  66. On The Road – Jack Kerouac 
  67. Jude the Obscure – Thomas Hardy 
  68. Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding X 
  69. Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie 
  70. Moby Dick – Herman Melville 
  71. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens 
  72. Dracula – Bram Stoker X 
  73. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett 
  74. Notes From A Small Island – Bill Bryson 
  75. Ulysses – James Joyce 
  76. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath X 
  77. Swallows and Amazons – Arthur Ransome ?
  78. Germinal – Emile Zola 
  79. Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray 
  80. Possession – AS Byatt (no, but I’ve seen it around the house) 
  81. A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens 
  82. Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell ?
  83. The Color Purple – Alice Walker X 
  84. The Remains of the Day – Kazuo Ishiguro X 
  85. Madame Bovary – Gustave Flauber 
  86. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry ?
  87. Charlotte’s Web – EB White 
  88. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Mitch Alborn 
  89. Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle X 
  90. The Faraway Tree Collection – Enid Blyton 
  91. Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad 
  92. The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery ?
  93. The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks 
  94. Watership Down – Richard Adams X 
  95. A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole 
  96. A Town Like Alice – Nevil Shute X 
  97. The Three Musketeers – Alexandre Dumas X 
  98. Hamlet – William Shakespeare X 
  99. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Roald Dahl 
  100. Les Miserables – Victor Hugo X 

Carole’s total read: 48

Absolute favorite on this list: Lord of the Rings/Emma/Pride and Predjudice (as judged by the number of times of read them)

Most embarrassing absences – All the Charles Dickens. Luckily for me there is no category for the ones I’ve read but can’t now remember. Another category could be movies based on the books.