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Wine and Mommy Time took a hiatus. Scratch that, a forced hiatus. Why? Because… Wine and Mommy Time was hacked.
Wine and Mommy Time was hacked
Last year my blog was hacked. When that happened, my world was rocked. All my hard work, everything, gone.
Don’t have time to read all of this? I recorded a Podcast for it!
So what happened?
I’ll tell you.
One day I noticed a drop in my stats. I’m not talking about a small drop in readership. I’m talking from tens of thousands to absolute 0.
The first thing I thought was oh maybe my analytics disconnected from the site. So I checked my analytics, and nope, that was fine. Next thing I did was actually go to my site. This is when my heart absolutely dropped. My sight was redirecting to malware.
Even when I tried to log into the back end of my blog it wouldn’t allow me to get as far as the login page before redirecting yet again.
Panick set in. I started scrambling over the internet trying to figure out how to get my domain back. Or at the very least, log back in.
I tried to fix it
After spending way too much money on far too many services that said they would remove the malware (and didn’t) I finally came upon one that removed it. This service would also keep it secure. The only problem was that it took me so long to finally find the right service provider that my host had dropped all of my website data. Gone. All of my work, all of my posts, everything completely wiped.
Needless to say there were lots of tears, frustration, and more emotions that I could even say. It was like once one thing would start looking up, there was another let down somewhere else.
Even with having different passwords, changing passwords, and other so-called fail-safes these things can and do happen.
My world was shook, and I don’t mean that in an ironic way. It’s taken me a long time to finally get over what happened, how violated I feel and how utterly discouraged I was.
The only thing I can compare it to is being burgled. When I was in junior high, our home was broken into and we were robbed. This literally felt the same.
Back up, back up, back up
Luckily much of what I write is done in Google docs so I do have quite a bit backed up. The only thing is that my analytics (which is how us bloggers track how many people are reading, clicks, stats, etc.) is ruined. Even with reposting my work and trying to get back to where I was I know that it will be a climbing fight to get back there but I will get back there. Not to mention, it’s going to take awhile to reformat everything.
I want other people to realize that this can happen to anyone, and it does.
So for those of you just starting out blogging, or even seasoned bloggers please don’t think that this can’t happen to you because it can. My biggest piece of advice is always use Google docs as your backup. Just using WordPress or your blogging platform to do your writing means that a travesty like this could completely destroy your brand not to mention your credibility. At the very least, your want to keep going.
What I learned
After researching the malware that was on my site I found out that I was one of the lucky bloggers. I didn’t have my blog redirecting to a site that would compromise my readers’ credibility of me. Other bloggers were not so lucky.
When your blog or website redirects to things like malware or viruses, regardless of it being out of your control you can lose so much. Not only content, but you could also lose affiliates. If you are running a subscription program where people are paying for your service you could lose all of those clients. This could be financially crippling. To say that something like this is scary is an understatement.
I’m coming back
So with that said you’ll see my content slowly coming back to the site as well as new content. I will also be releasing some side projects to better serve you once Wine and Mommy Time is in a good place.
For those of you who have reached out and wondered what was going on, thank you. It means more than you know. I hope nothing like this ever happens again.
And to those of you in the dark web, who think that you’re not hurting anyone or better yet you know you’re hurting someone and don’t give a s***, all I have to say to you is get a life.