Revisiting Revisited

Jen has started up a new blog and, as usual, that has me thinking about my own blog. I haven’t written much of anything lately, and most of what I have written has been about the process of rebuilding old blogs after they got hacked. But I like to reconsider my position from time to time and that is what I am doing now.

One lingering question is how hard I’m going to work to salvage posts from the old blogs. Although all that material was deleted from my site, local backups do exist. I could restart the old blogs on a local machine at home and extract the posts for re-use.

That would be a fair amount of work and I have to ask if it’s justified. Recent events might, after all, have been a whack upside the head telling me it’s time to move on. Still, I put a lot of work into those posts and many of them are still relevant. I’ve also been thinking about trying out the latest versions of my favorite flavors of Linux, which I would need to do anyway to give the blogs a local server.

As of now, I do want to try and recover the old posts. We’ll see how far I get with that project, given all the other demands on my time and energy.

One thing I have done is to update the theme I use. After studying the latest offerings, I am now using Catch Evolution, which is the same theme Jen uses on her new blog. It gives much the same feel as the old theme, but is much more up to date and much better able to display correctly on mobile devices like phones and tablets.

The last consideration is to ask myself how I will keep myself organized and committed if I do decide to blog regularly. I’m going to test that by planning ahead. I’ve started a catch list to gather topic ideas, interesting quotes, etc. I will also use that list to create something of an outline to give a structure to a series of posts. If it works and I can get a series of posts lined up, then I’ll feel more confident about being able to keep it up.

We’ll see how that works out.

-= G =-

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A Hack a Day Keeps Complacency Away

It hasn’t been very long that I had to rebuild one of my wife’s old blogs because it had been hacked. Well, it happened again. This one was less severe. I was able to find the offending code and delete it without too much fuss. But it reminds me that I need to stay on top of things. When I rebuilt the blog, I of course used the latest version of WordPress. When I checked today, there was a new version waiting and the patch notes mentioned security fixes. Who knows. If I had been checking and updating more often, I might have avoided this. Regardless, I need to make more of a point of checking the old blogs and keeping them up to date. Even an otherwise idle blog needs software updates.

-= G =-

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Could have been worse, I suppose

I’ve just been notified that Google Webmaster Tools has reviewed my site and confirmed that it’s now clean. The warnings will be removed shortly.

I admit that I had been concerned, because I know people who didn’t have such an easy time of it and struggled for days or even weeks to get acknowledged as clean again. But all went well in  my case. The review was done within a few hours of my request and it did confirm that the badware was gone.

-= G =-

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Starting Over, Again

I checked email this morning to find a flurry of warnings from Google Webmaster Tools that my site had been compromised. I checked the links provided and realized that someone had managed to infect an older blog that had been taken offline some time back. After reviewing the site and thinking about options, I decided that the simple answer was to archive anything worth saving, nuke the site, and start over fresh.

I needed to do this anyway. The site had gotten internally cluttered over the years with leftover parts of abandoned and obsolete projects. I really only needed one instance of WordPress at the root level. The rest was hazardous waste.

So I bulldozed the site and let the host install WordPress for me.

Over the next  few days / weeks / whatever, I’ll review the old material and see what gets re-posted. I know there were a few posts worth saving. Otherwise I am free to re-invent the blog and see what that contributes to re-inventing myself.

-= G =-

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