If you have spent any time at all with us at pixels2Pages, you will know how often we remind you to back up your files. And I know you all agree that it is really a good thing to do. But how many of us have that task on our endless To Do list?
You know you have to do it, and you will, just as soon as you have a free moment? How many of us do a full and thorough back up, sit back congratulating ourselves at what a great job we have done – and then forget to regularly update the back up? There’s plenty of time, isn’t there? I’ll do my back-ups when I finish this Storybook / after Christmas / when the kids go back to school – sound familiar?
Well, last week the unthinkable happened. Our home was broken into while we slept. They took my laptop, my husband’s work laptop, both our good cameras and a few other items. It was like losing my right arm! My computer and my camera are what I do – I take photos, I make StoryBooks, I run a website, I Facebook and Skype and email and … You get the picture. It’s a funny feeling, that moment while you are staring at the space where your items are supposed to be, not quite accepting they are gone, hoping that if you look away and look back they will be there and it was all a hideous mistake.
Sadly it was no mistake. But I am not writing this to rail against the thieves, or lament my lost items, but to document how thankful I am. Not thankful for the theft, but thankful that it could have been so much worse. Thankful that although we were in the house at the time, we did not wake up and hear them. Thankful that when they opened the door to my son’s room and saw him sleeping there, they did not go in. Thankful that I had my iPhone and iPad upstairs with me. Thankful that they did not trash my house (they even closed the back door behind them). Thankful for the items they chose not to take (including my external hard drives, containing all my Memory Vaults, StoryBooks and Art Kits). Thankful that my camera was not in its bag, with 3 good lenses, (meaning they only took the camera) and that the lens on the camera was damaged and needed replacing. Thankful for the support we have received since this happened. Thankful that I am able to keep this in perspective – I love my camera and my laptop, but in the end it is just stuff. And thankful that I was backed up.
Ironically the main reason I was up to date was because I had not long returned from our wonderful holiday with Jan and Mary and catching up with all our pixie pals. I made sure I backed up before I went away, because I was worried about travelling with my laptop. Of course, I got through that month fine, only to lose it from my home.
The moral of this story? Don’t wait till the worst happens! Be prepared. And when it comes to your photos and SBC projects, that means back up. Often. Regularly. Have a system. How often you back up depends on how much you are willing to lose! Here and here are a couple of tips to get you started. But whatever system you use – do it! Don’t wait till you have time. Just do it. Today. If you were to lose your computer right this minute, would your photos be safe?