Wayback Machine saved my skin

A while back I did a very silly thing. Well, actually I did a series of things that all seemed perfectly sensible at the time but the upshot was a bit of a disaster.

I started this blog way back in 2006 and over the years I accumulated over 100 posts, which is not a lot compared to many people but they represented a fair investment of my time over the years. A couple of years back I decided that I would migrate away from WordPress and go to Ghost, a shiny new node.js based platform. The idea being that I’d blog a bit more and learn about node at the same time.

The migration to Ghost went smoothly enough, but in the end the blog just ended up languishing. I decided not to bother to continue paying for Ghost hosting and eventually the ghost version died. “No problem” I thought, “I’ll just reinstate the WordPress version on Dreamhost”. I can’t be sure exactly what happened, but somewhere along the line I either overwrote the old version of my database, or it had already been deleted. Whatever the cause, I had lost all of my old posts and I couldn’t find any backups to restore from. I did some swearing.

Then it dawned on me… archive.org have archive copies of my site. Slowly and painfully I managed to get all my posts back and they’re all on this site in glorious technicolor for you to enjoy! A lot of the links will link to web archive and some of the pictures are hot linked from there, but for the most part all of the content and categories are still available. I didn’t bother bringing over any of the comments.

So thank you Archive.org! A small PayPal donation is on its way to you.

Does this mean I’ll start blogging again? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Maybe… I’d like to, if I have the time