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Missing Blog Archives Info from James

October 2nd, 2019 at 03:15 pm

Can you all comment on this entry so that we can get it up high into the most talked about entries category so that more people will see it and be able to know what is going on?

I did ask on the forums if we were going to get the last chunk of our blog archives back and the answer is no. SA got hacked and the data was deleted. Here is what James had to say:

What happened was we got hacked - someone broke in to the server and deleted the data. The only viable backup we had was from April, so...I'm really, really sorry about this, I think that work is probably gone.

My tech guy will be undergoing some retraining as a result of this debacle. Apologies again. I know your work is valuable and your time is important.


So I would recommend that you spend some time backing up your entire blog. This could happen again.

I spent about an hour today working on backing up my blog entries. So far I have April of 2006 copied into Word. I am doing them individually instead of pasting the whole month archive page since it runs backwards. It's a little more tedious that way, but then when I find another blog platform to copy them to, it will be a lot easier for me.

Laura (Keeping it Frugal) has a post called Whew! if you haven't seen it. Comment on there if you want to join her new forum as a meeting place for us if the blogs go down again.


20 Responses to “Missing Blog Archives Info from James”

  1. Wink Says:

    Thank you for the update!

  2. Dido Says:

    Thanks for the update. But manually copying them, sigh, I don't have time to do that, and I'm saddened. Sigh.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    LuckyRobin, tell everyone I said Hello as I’m not able to access my blog. This site is a complete mess.

  4. Jane Says:

    It doesn't back up reliably in real time, but for those of you who don't have time to do a manual backup, there is an automatic internet archive website ((Internet Wayback Machine) where you can pull up your own blog and at least have the older entries saved: https://archive.org/web/

    I checked savingadvice when it went down and this had it backed up until about April 2018, if I recall correctly

  5. creditcardfree Says:

    Yep, hacked. Not shocking as we have seen the spam that infiltrates this site regularly. Hopefully, this is a wake up call to James to get a better system and personnel in place. I sincerely appreciate the effort that was made to get what we have returned.

    Jane, thanks for the reminder of that web archive. Looks like my blog is captured up until Sept 3, 2018. I have another site I need to check on there. A government agency has been scrubbing their site to remove data that was once public.

    And I'll be honest when I thought about all I potentially lost, I wasn't that upset. On some level surprising that was my reaction was just simple acceptance that I could not change what I myself did not feel was necessary to protect in the first place.

  6. Lucky Robin Says:

    Most of the last few months was about my daughter's medical stuff, so I don't like losing it, but I should have backed stuff up the last time the site crashed. It's my own fault that I didn't do that.

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Robin I found a way to recover copy if you know keywords from a specific post. I may do this tomorrow with a few I can remember from the past few months.

    Google site:luckyrobin.savingadvice.com keyword keyword [I mean put actual words there]. If there's a little triangle it's cached; if not, I don't know if there's a way to get it. But if you see the little triangle and click and choose "cache" then you should be able to pull up the blog post.

    I found one of my deleted posts so far that I can do this with and two that may not have been cached.

  8. scottish girl Says:

    Thanks for the update.

  9. Jenn Says:

    I'm glad you're all back! In addition to the loss here, I just tried to go to networthiq.com where I track my monthly numbers, and this message is all that's there: "NetwothIQ has been discontinued and all data has been deleted, according to data protection and privacy standards. Thank you for have been a user of this free services" Aaaahh...

  10. Petunia 100 Says:

    Ceejay74, thank you, I am going to try that.

    Thank you for sharing this info, Robin.

  11. creditcardfree Says:

    Ugh, that terrible Jenn! Just goes to show that no third party site for simply recording information can be counted on for the long term or for security purposes.

  12. starfishy Says:

    I tried Ceejay74's method for finding missing post-April blog posts and it works. But I'm only missing one or two - it would be quite tedious for regular bloggers to find them all. Thanks Ceejay!

  13. MonkeyMama Says:

    Thanks LR & Ceejay!!

  14. klarose Says:

    I was away on vacation all week and had no idea this was going on. How frustrating! I am just about done with this website. First get rich slowly, now this one. Are there no good financial websites left?

  15. klarose Says:

    Also as a web designer myself I am appalled that their last backup was from April... Even small websites should be monthly. A big one like this is recommended daily or at least weekly.

  16. My English Castle Says:

    Thanks, Robin.

  17. Petunia 100 Says:

    What happened to Get Rich Slowly? Is it gone?

  18. klarose Says:

    No Petunia not gone. But about 2 years ago it sold back to the original owner and he lost/deleted the entire forum which had years and years worth of everyone's blogs on it without warning.

  19. GoodLiving Says:

    Glad we're back

  20. Lucky Robin Says:

    Just bumping this higher up the list.

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