I guess it was about two weeks ago. I received an email from a reader wondering why he couldn’t access this blog. Two thoughts came into my mind:
1) Wow, I still have a reader! Maybe I should write something for him!
2) I wonder what is wrong with the blog?
I went to this page and saw that indeed the blog was gone, replaced by a database error message. Then I checked my other database resources, including my mailing list for this site which contains over 2100 people from 85 countries… Gone. At this point I was getting concerned. I filed a support claim with my web hosting company and went to bed thinking about all of the blog posts and comments that were lost, all of the readers that were lost! I thought about all the time I had spent developing LMI, writing for LMI, and building the mailing list for LivMusic. I felt that if all of that were gone, it would likely be the end of the whole site. I just didn’t see being able to go about recreating everything that had been lost…
The next morning I went to work, checked the site again, and found shockingly good news. The support claim had been addresses and the problem had been fixed. The blog was back. The mailing list was back. The site could live again (an important thing since live is in the name)! I vowed then and there that I would get back to writing as soon as possible. It has taken me a couple of weeks to find a way back, but thanks to that database scare — and to a brilliant concert by the tenor, Rolando Villazon that I will discuss later — I am back to writing. And that is a good thing, because after all, the reasons to write always outweigh the reasons not to. So, here we go. Let’s see where this thing takes us now.