Up and running, rookie mistake takes everything down for 48 hours….

So last Friday morning, I was working actively on this new blog. I had just drafted a music blog with the new tracks,I am currently listening to. As I scrolled and edited my way round small mistakes in articles, I decided to add some pages…

Disclaimer: Not my desk, I wish mine was as tidy…

First I added a Music page, which is now linked to my sound cloud profile.

All was going absolutely great until, I had another brilliant idea! I should add a shop page…. A while ago, I had set up my shopify store. I thought why not link it to a shop page on the blog. So after a couple of minutes of fiddling about I pressed a couple of confirm buttons and get a done confirmation…

I refreshed the page to see how the new page is looking and to my surprise the store has taken over my whole domain. I try to enter the editor and I got an error!

“S***!! I’m locked out” I said to myself as I became instantly anxious.

In a frenzy I started searching online for answers. After a few seconds, I found an article which suggested I change DNS settings. So that I did!

It only took me a couple of moments to realise I don’t know what the heck I am doing. So I deleted a couple of lines and commands. Refresh!

Now its even worse! Error establishing database connection. NO !!!

So I get in touch with my mate Chris, who’s been into IT for as long as I known him. He helped me understand what was wrong. My domain was pointing to two IP addresses.

I ultimately could not fix it by myself, I had to get the hosting company support on it. After a couple of calls to India and some place in eastern Europe, support says its sorted but it needs to propagate for 48 hours.

During this time I wondered if all would be lost and if I should perhaps start over… I then remembered about a great talk by Jocko Willink on his podcast. Listen Below.

Basically his idea is that even in major problems and issues, there will always be some good. So it is just a matter of recognising that part and focusing on it rather than dwelling on the bad situation.

following Jocko’s advice, I am lately trying to find positive in what would usually be just a negative issue. When I made this mistake, I didnt see it at first. But this mistake would lead me to understand how DNS actually work.

As Jocko would put it

“You F***** up your blog? Good!! you learnt something today”

What mistakes have you made, that you ultimately learned from?

Leave your feedback in the comment section below.

2 thoughts on “Up and running, rookie mistake takes everything down for 48 hours….”

  1. I was curious if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog?
    Its very well written; I love what youve got to say.
    But maybe you could a little more in the wway of
    content so people could connect with it better.
    Youve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images.
    Maybe you could space it out better?

    1. Thanks for your comment,
      I just started this recently and will take your advice into consideration!
      Thank you for reading 🙂

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