Here’s the skinny. About a month ago, the mySQL database containing all of the Ranzino.com blog posts decided a pertinent database table wasn’t really all that necessary anymore.
Oh, just in case you’re wondering, the Ranzino.com mySQL database speaks in a thick cockney accent.
Me: Yeah, hi there. I don’t mean to bother you or anything, but I was wondering where all of my post data went?
mySQL DB: What’s that then? I ‘ave no clue as to what you’re talking about. All the data’s right there, in’it?
Me: Yeah…. you see that’s the thing, there’s zero bytes of data in that table right now, and I was just wondering… where the hell is it?
mySQL DB: Listen chap, I can’t be responsible for ALL of your information ALL of the time now can I? If you’re so attached to your bloody posts, than just re-install ’em from your last backup.
Me: (Awkward silence, followed by prolonged shoe-gazing)
mySQL DB: Don’t tell me… You haven’t… Oh Sod off, I’m glad I botched your posts you wanker.
Okay, okay, so I hadn’t backed up my data in 6 months. It’s not like the posts in the last 6 months were that good anyway. I remember something about grilled cheese sandwiches and possibly another post about sweat, but other than that it was all rubbish.
So the morale of the story is as always: make sure to back up your data the day prior to an unexpected catastrophic database meltdown and everything will be just fine.