Finally, this site is back! Three days ago, as I was exploring and experimenting with the technical side of my WordPress theme (as I always do), I copied a certain code from an online blog dedicated to WordPress, and pasted it to the function of the theme. Really, I was just trying to find out how that might affect the photos that I was planning to insert to my blog. Apparently, the technical instructions there was too complicated for me to decipher, I might have copied and pasted the wrong code, I might have missed an important instruction; but whatever I did, my computer hang up and the next time I tried to access my site, all I saw was a screen written with “fatal error” and other terms I couldn’t understand and almost got me crossed eyed.
Seeing that “fatal error” was enough to make me panic but before I do something crazy like breaking in a cold sweat and wailing like a demented pregnant woman, I did some research online and the fact that I wasn’t the only one who’ve encountered that kind of “tragedy” relaxed me a little bit. However, I chanced upon this forum where one blogger encountered a fatal error in his WordPress blog, and he decided to just start a new site because his existing site was “just a few weeks old anyway”.
That made me think of what I might feel if I have to start another site, but it was just unimaginable. My site maybe just a few months old, but I couldn’t imagine starting another site because the articles I’ve written here were my views, opinions, emotions and experiences at certain moments in my life; moments of which I could not possibly repeat and feel the exact emotion and form the exact opinion again.
With that in mind, plus my personal belief that quite everything is possible with the advent of technology, I asked my friend Walter to help me fix the mess I got into. This is the same friend who created my site, who allows me to disturb him from time to time despite his busy sched, and one of the persons who made my dream of having a blog site came true. His assurance that my problem was “madali lang” and that he would fix it as soon as the conference he’s attending is done was more than enough to calm me.
If there’s one thing I learned from this debacle, it’s that I still have a whole lot of things to learn about the “science” of blogging. I forayed into blogging armed only with very few computer skills, little knowledge of writing and a lot of bravado. I learned that blogging is not just about writing your ideas, feelings, and opinions for other people to read; it’s also about having the guts to discover new things even those that seem to be too technical and complicated for us to learn. Blogging is a learning process.
Blame it on my hard headedness, curiosity, thirst for new discovery, or all three, but that fatal error haven’t stop me from experimenting and exploring; in fact, I’m still going to experiment and explore..I just have to be more careful next time, and just in case fatal error visits my screen again, no need to fret, I can count on my angels to take it from there. Thank God for angels.