It turns out some posts were inexplicably lost in the reboot. The obvious one is the blue bar photo post I mentioned the other day, but I noticed other posts linking to non-existent posts. And then I got an email from someone mentioning that the Internet Archive has some posts of mine that didn’t make the transfer, either.
My plan was to put a call out for anyone who had the text of my posts in an RSS reader or email, until I came across this guide for selectively importing posts into WordPress. Luckily (and oddly) enough, all those missing posts were still in the export XML file I created before switching hosts.
So long story short: they’re all back.
Long story longer, there were over 60 items that I ended up scouring through my WordPress XML backup file to re-import.
23 of these were published posts, 35 were drafts. Others were unfinished drafts that I was glad to delete immediately.
I have no idea why these didn’t import last time.
I keep taking from this that having extensive backups has saved me from 1) myself, and 2) technical oddities. You never know when you’ll need them…
And yes, I backed up before re-importing, and I’m about to backup again.
The blues bar is here, by the way.
Another oldie and goodie is this thought from Richard Stallman.
And one more, for the road.