Two stupids don’t make a smart

I have done something so stupid, that I am having trouble coming to terms with the depths of the stupidity of what I’ve done.

Actually, it’s TWO stupids, the first I discovered last night, but I’d actually done it Tuesday night. The 2nd is new, and it might not be as stupid as it seems, but at the moment it seems pretty danged stupid.

It’s the combination of the two stupids that is the real problem.  The fact that I did BOTH of these things has got me so stunned that I feel a bit like this experience is unreal.  I’m not crying, I’m not running around in a panic, I’m just…wow.  I was really stupid.  Maybe it’s shock.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not insurmountable, it’s not life-threatening, but it’s awfully huge in terms of the work that is lost and the work that will come to recreate what I’ve lost.

And what are these two stupids?

Well, I might tell you after I’ve recovered from my shock, but the short answer is DOCUMENTS and BACKING UP.  Make sure you have adequate, secure backups of important documents.  And if you are making really huge changes to a document, but you don’t want to save over top of the original, make sure you do a SAVE AS, and give it a new name before you start screwing around.

I think I might go curl up in the fetal position for a bit.


  1. Deb says:

    We really are sisters aren’t we? I’m so glad the crisis was averted, but I do stupid crap all the time.

  2. Mary says:

    It’s not a book but I completely overwrote all my data on my Instruction site when I updated WordPress. Spent ALL night and half the day reloading it. Luckily I had copies of almost everything but a few of the detailed tutorial type pages that weren’t PDF files.

    I’ve got all my information back thanks to a few readers and google’s cache but I’m building a folder that will hold ALL the files on that site and then I’m back up it again.

    Glad you found your book! A CD backup sounds good — I’ll do one of those while I’m at it too.

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