Word to the wise. This past week I nearly lost eight years of my life — my WordPress mySQL database crashed and burned. Worse, I found out that my hosting company only keeps backups of the previous day’s data — so their backups of my stuff was corrupted as well.

Thankfully I had backed up my data in late August. That combined with the fact life has prevented me from posting much in the last few months, meant that I was able to reclaim any missing posts by looking at my previous .RSS feeds.

Moral of the story, install the WordPress Backup Plug-In and have it send you e-mail backups of your data on a regular basis. Don’t make the same mistake I did.