I have a terrible little habit when writing short texts that I’m planning to use online, like forum posts or blog posts. I open up a raw text editor and type away until my text is finished. My editor is gedit — that would be closest to Notepad for you Windows users and who knows what for those of you off in Mac land, but I’ll bet it cost you an arm and a leg. Anyway, the editor isn’t the point. The point is that I’m guilty of breaking one of the cardinal rules of working on a computer: Save your work frequently!
That’s correct, while working on a draft of a blog post, I managed to accidentally close my editor without saving by mistaking it for another file I had open at the same time. I only had a couple of short paragraphs written, so it could have been much worse, but it was still outrageously annoying because I had already done a bit of editing and was just getting those paragraphs to sound the way I wanted.
I never do that with important files, mind you. Only small, personal texts that don’t really rank highly on the importance scale. In fact, I can’t even remember the last time I lost work because of a neglectful attitude towards saving; I must have been in elementary school. I’m usually very cautious about stuff like that.
Let my loss be your lesson! Save your work often, lest it be forever lost in the green, electrical reaches of cyberspace.
Back to the lost text for just a moment. Even after closing the editor, it just ticked me off even more to know that my paragraphs were probably still floating around in RAM somewhere. Had I really wanted the work back, I’m sure there would have been a way to dump the memory so that I could search through it, but I’m not sure offhand, and after researching a way to do it . . . the memory probably would have gotten overwritten anyway! Sort of a catch-22.