I’m starting off the year with a WordPress Hot Tip – and this one’s a little embarrassing, but hey, I’m here to help 😊
In addition to my 2023 goals shared in my last post, something I’ve been trying to do for ages is to get into the habit to clean up as I go – as in computer files and photos on my phone. I’m one of those people who end up with hundreds of documents in my Downloads folder, thousands of photographs on my Phone and it’s just a whole heap of pointless, useless clutter. “A cluttered space is a cluttered mind”, a good friend once told me.
So, when I had some couch time between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, I was going through my Phone and also WordPress app and found all this media that I didn’t need – or, rather, that I thought I didn’t need. So I thought I was doing the right thing by decluttering. Wrong!
A cluttered space is a cluttered mind
A few days later, when I popped onto hrhottips.com from a desktop computer, I saw a bunch of my images were gone, including the background header. But they were still appearing on the phone version.
Confused, my first thought was that I’d been hacked and someone had gained access to my backend in WordPress, but after some careful consideration I realised it was my actions of trying to be organised that had caused this.
So of course the negative self-talk ensued. I was telling myself verbiage such as “you stupid idiot”, “why couldn’t you foresee that this would happen, you loser”, and “I don’t have time for this” but I did manage to stop myself and remind myself that the reason why I deleted the images was to try and be organised and to not beat myself up.
It is recoverable – will just take a while
There is a solution – all I need to do is find the original images, either in my phone or on my laptop, and re-upload them to the media section in WordPress, and re-add them to my previous blogs. I’ll just have to change my plans for Sunday afternoon to do this instead. The background is one I have done and have already updated. Thanks Canva.
The Learnings – always keep a backup
I don’t have these images easily accessible, so my other lesson here is to keep them all in a safe place. However, I also know that this particular incident will never happen to me again!
The other learnings
People are motivated to do certain things, mainly because they think it’s the right thing to do. But, as explained above, sometimes these good intentions have unintentional side effects that can result in unfortunate consequences. The key is in how we respond and grow from the incidents that occur to make sure they don’t happen again. I don’t know anyone who wakes up on a daily basis and says “Who/what can I mess up today?” (happy to be challenged on that if you disagree and have an example!) but overall, people’s intentions are good, it’s just that sometimes things don’t go the way we planned.
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