I hadn’t been to the Dude (the North Campus library for you freshman Markley kids) in over 2 years. So when a friend asked if I wanted to study there Sunday night, I jumped at the opportunity. The dude!? What a magical place. I can’t wait.
I had planned to spend my Sunday evening working on a paper for another class, but as I opened my laptop to begin work, my capstone project website was on the screen.
“Come see my capstone project!” I told my friend. I was so excited to show him my hard work.
But a funny little thing happened. As I went to click on the various pages, some of the text and photos weren’t loading, and my pages were white, blank, nothing-ness. I clicked refresh patiently. Maybe the Dude has bad wifi? But nothing changed. I logged out of Wix to reload the site entirely. Nothing.
I start to panic.
I refresh again. Log out again. Try opening Chrome again. Nothing.
“It’s gone,” I say to my friend.
I search my computer for a Word doc. Maybe I kept the written portion of the website in a Word doc. Maybe this was an easy fix.
I feel myself start to do that thing where you’re about to cry.
I can’t cry in the Dude. That’s so embarrassing.
My friend tells me to get it together. Shit happens, and I will just have to redo it.
He’s really supportive.
Now I’m really about to cry. I start frantically Googling ways to restore a Wix page. I HAD JUST WORKED ON THE SITE EARLIER IN THE DAY AND SAVED IT. WHY WAS THIS HAPPENING TO ME. I ALWAYS SAVE MY WORK. My heart is racing. I can’t see the damn laptop screen because I’m ABOUT TO CRY IN THE DUDE.
But wait. What is this? A way to look at SITE HISTORY!? I follow the steps of “help” post. All of a sudden I can breathe again. My site had made a copy of itself on November 7. I can see what was on the screen. I haven’t lost all my prose, all my research. It’s going to be okay.
My friend tells me to calm down and get some work done. I want to hit him. He has no idea what this capstone project means. But you guys do.
Long story short, I’m going to have to re-input all the photos, but I won’t have to rewrite hundreds of words. The moral of the story is don’t go to the Dude. I think the wifi is weird. Maybe the library was angry I hadn’t visited in a while.
Oh, and also save your work.