I refer to myself as The Queen Of Procrastination.
I know, I know, it’s not a very sensible self-fulfilling prophecy to land myself with. Pretty blooming accurate though!
Over the years, I’ve learnt that procrastination can have many causes. I was reminded recently that fear can be a big one.
In December, I swapped webhosts for 365 Jars because the original host was overpriced and since the site is basically now an archive, it seemed crazy to be spending so much on it.
I backed up the site onto my computer, bought new hosting, cancelled the original hosting and then… froze. Nothing. Nada. Zilch.
Every time I opened the new hosting site to install the site, I completely panicked and shut it down again. One time I actually burst into hysterical sobs. I realised that I was blocked by the sheer terror that something might have gone wrong with the backing up process and what would I do if I’d lost more than a years-worth of work? [Apparently in my terror, I had completely forgotten or discounted the fact that The Wayback Machine exists.]
Knowing what was wrong didn’t really help: I still couldn’t make myself get over the fear and do it anyway.
I finally got myself unblocked by approaching it sideways. In my other role as President of Hebden Bridge WI, I wanted us to have a better website because Blogger’s weird formatting issues was driving me nuts. So I’ve spent the last couple of days replacing this with this. Much better, yes?
Having transferred one website to a new WordPress blog, I realised it was absolutely ridiculous to be afraid of transferring 365 Jars. So this afternoon, I made myself tackle it. And of course – like so many things that we get ourselves in a tizzy about – it was a complete doddle. It took longer to find a decent theme than it did to install WordPress and get the backup working. I’m left wondering what took me so long whilst simultaneously being a bit wibbly with relief that it’s OK.
Anyway, that’s a long winded way of saying that 365 Jars is back up again.
What are you stuck on this week? Is there a way you could approach it sideways?
Oh, and a friendly reminder – back up your website(s). And your computer. You’d be gutted if that stuff disappeared into the ether.