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Accidentally deleting my follower base because I’m dumb

If you’ve ever wondered about the name of this blog, you’ll better understand it after this post. Everyone kinda expects that I’m good with digital stuff and computers because I belong to a generation some might call ‘digital natives’. But to tell the truth, I have no magical knowledge that others don’t have. I’m just clicking around and figuring stuff out as I go. I just feel certain, that I won’t break anything. Well, so far at least.

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A week ago, I accidentally deleted parts of my follower database. I didn’t even realize until the next day. That was when I started trying to figure out who I think was following me before and sent out invitations. Some of you accepted them but I’m still short most of my previous followers. That sucks. However, if you’re still here or here again, you’re awesome and I love you! And yes, I’m an idiot. A loving idiot anyways.

The irony of this whole situation is that I was actually trying to back up my blog in case something happened. Now I’m scared of attempting another back-up and ending up accidentally deleting my whole blog. So, if you’re ever trying to find my blog and stumble upon emptiness, I was probably trying to back it up some more.

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If you wanna help me reduce the pain of losing my followers, I’d love it if you shared my blog with friends, family or colleagues. You could use my last post about ‘inspirational’ quotes if you want. Thanks.*

*End of shameless Self-Promo.

Comments

  • 19. January 2018
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    kellyhutchinson37920

    First, I know this is not funny. Second, I would have totally done something like this. I am so much like you!

    • 19. January 2018
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      I thought I am the only one clumsy enough to do this, but as it turns out, there\’s many more like us out there 😀 Thanks for the reply!

  • 18. January 2018
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    Oh no! That\’s a real bummer! I know it can be a pain in the arse. You should collecting again now. Make sure you back up!

    • 18. January 2018
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      After what happened, I\’m not sure I\’ll ever back up again^^

  • 18. January 2018
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    That\’s gotta stink when that happens. I really need to do backup on my blog to be perfectly honest. I haven\’t done too much with that yet. Of course, now you have scared me about doing it, but what\’s life like without a little fear… or something like that anyway?

    • 18. January 2018
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      Yeah it\’s great to know that you\’ll either end up with a backup of your blog or you might just delete it. I\’ll lay off my backing up ideas for now^^

  • 17. January 2018
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    I am sure they will miss your content and realized something happened. I hope they find you and you find them, again.

    • 18. January 2018
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      I hope so, thanks for the comment 🙂

  • 17. January 2018
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    Hannah Marie

    Oh my, I hope all of them will find out and follow you again. That must be frustrating! I didn\’t know it is possible to delete followers.

  • 17. January 2018
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    I almost did this with my email subscribers. It\’s tough and having to start over isn\’t easy.

  • 17. January 2018
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    OH no. I\’m so sorry to hear about your list. I think that if people came before to your blog, they\’ll come again so don\’t worry about it.

  • 17. January 2018
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    Oh no! Something like that happened to me recently. It\’s really unpleasant!

  • 17. January 2018
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    This is so awful! I hate when things like that happen, sometimes I\’m distracted and delete important data, horrible!

  • 17. January 2018
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    Oh no! That\’s the last thing any blogger would want to happen. Anyways, glad to see that you\’re all good and can joke about the incident! After all, we learn from our mistakes right 🙂

  • 17. January 2018
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    What a bummer. I think we\’ve all had similar things happen. Good thing you have a sense of humor over it.

  • 17. January 2018
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    Haha! Oh wow… I have deleted subscribers before, still not sure how I did it, like an entire email campgain of them! I hope you can get the followers back!

    • 18. January 2018
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      Nobody seems to remember how it happened^^

  • 16. January 2018
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    Oh no what a nightmare for you! This is totally something I could do myself though, technology is great till it isn\’t isn\’t it lol. x

  • 16. January 2018
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    Jay Colby

    Technology can be tricky for anyone regardless of age. I\’m glad you were able understand to detect your mistake and are working to fix it.

  • 16. January 2018
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    I’m following you now! I’m pretty tech savvy, but I am always so nervous when working on a blog post; I accidentally hit publish when I had only written the first sentence! I’m sorry you deleted your followers! They’ll find you again!

    • 16. January 2018
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      Haha yeah, I know the feeling! I\’m always nervous about sending the wrong texts/emails to the wrong people. I had a couple of incidents in the past and I don\’t seem to learn from my mistakes. Super happy you decided to follow me :)))

  • 16. January 2018
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    Oh no ! Technology can be frustrating sometimes , even though it has its own positive impact on our lives , reading this makes it suck !:)

    • 16. January 2018
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      After this happened I was very frustrated but at least I had something to write about. Could\’ve gone without that incident though^^

  • 16. January 2018
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    Amber

    Ooops, this stinks! I hate when things like this happen. Technology is fabulous, but sometimes it can be frustrating.

  • 16. January 2018
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    Oh no, I did this once and sadly never got them back then ended up also deactivating an account so you\’re not alone it happens and can be a pain.

    • 16. January 2018
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      Oh no, that sucks too although I\’m a little happy that I\’m not the only one. Did you ever figure out what happened and where you/we clicked wrong?^^

  • 16. January 2018
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    Oh no! Reminds me of university days accidentally deleting the essay the night before):

    • 16. January 2018
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      Oh no, that never happened to me before! But once I let my essay sit under the window and let it get destroyed by rain 🙁

  • 16. January 2018
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    I received your blog so that must mean I\’m still on your list! Oh! And the green \”Following\” next your name is there! I\’ve survived! Keep it going!

    • 16. January 2018
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      Haha yesss that\’s great to hear! Although if you\’re motivated enough to comment, I suspect you would have been motivated enough to follow me again 😉

  • 15. January 2018
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    Oh, great. I was thinking of backing up my blog, too. And yours is not the first failure I\’ve read about… makes me kinda weary now…

    • 15. January 2018
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      Yeah I much rather stick by trying not to delete it all instead of trying to actually back it up. Still don\’t really know where I went wrong though lol

      • 15. January 2018
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        Yea, I wish that someone actually knew where they went wrong and posted a step by step tutorial on what NOT to do.

        • 16. January 2018
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          Yeah, I can\’t help you with that but hit me up when you find out^^

  • 15. January 2018
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    I think I had a higher quality of life before finding out that deleting a follower base was even possible… One more unlikely occurrence to be unnecessarily paranoid about! Anyway, sorry to hear you lost your base but glad that you seem to be taking it in stride(:

    • 15. January 2018
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      I\’m sorry I lowered your life quality with this post but I hope you also got a laugh out of my misery^^ I didn\’t know it was possible either, but oh well. Nothing I can do about it now!

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