Well, last night I was blindsided to discover that, through a series of unknown clerical mishaps, my domain and hosting provider removed my personal website–without backing it up–and it is now gone. (Of course, nothing is truly gone forever on the internet–thank the lord above for Wayback Machine.)
I was very upset about it last night, because that website is where I kept my online portfolio, and where I pointed editors to whom I was pitching article ideas. I had planned to give it an overhaul one day soon, when my client work died down a bit, but now it seems that time is at hand, whether I’m ready for it or not.
This morning, I’m glad to report that I’m feeling far more zen about the entire thing. I do believe that everything happens for a reason, and that ultimately, this will turn out to be a blessing. (I choose not to focus on the “What Ifs,” such as “What if there was a great assignment coming my way, but the editor tried to access my website and couldn’t, so she moved on to the next writer?” What Ifs are the worst–don’t do it!)
It also helped me to get some perspective when I read about the island of Barbuda, and how it is now uninhabited for the first time in over 300 years, as a result of being completely decimated by Hurricane Irma. It will take them years to rebuild the island, and thousands of people have been displaced (now living on the nearby island of Antigua, which wasn’t hit as hard.) So yes, I really don’t have much to complain about–my efforts to rebuild pale in comparison to what those folks are going through.