How I lost my blog

Ammar Shah
4 min readMar 21, 2015


Yes, it’s possible to lose a blog. Just continue reading and you’ll find out how.

I’m a Front-End-Dev. I write code. Okay, let me rephrase that: I write. Period. Well I used to that is, before I lost my blog.

I’m also an ambitious reader. Now here, I would link you to a post I wrote that describes my reading habits(and I actually wrote a post like that) but sadly, I can’t do that. Why? Because I lost my blog. Seriously man or err… woman, read the title. Not cool, not cool at all. Anyways, this post is nothing more than a guy sulking on the internet because he lost his blog due to his own mistake.

Now you’re going to go something like:

Oh so the guy said it’s his own mistake. Nobody should be that dumb. Now what do we do? We don’t care!

If the thought crosses your mind, please stop reading right now. Go away and don’t return.
Also, if something like,

You built it before, just do it again. Don’t be a cry baby Ammar

crosses your mind, take a look at the example below and you’ll understand what I mean:
You’re a hard working person. Your boss is happy with you, your co-workers are happy with you and most importantly, you’re happy with yourself. Your boss comes in with a very important task for you - You need to write some document or whatever you do and present it to the C.E.O of the company. Congratulations! You have a week to do it - you do the research, work hard and you make the best whatever you had to make that you possibly could. Now here is where it gets interesting, you lose it. All of it. Nothing left except the sweet memory in the back of your head. Now you can make it again, but will it be the same as the first time? Will you still enjoy making it? Not as interesting, challenging and fun as the first time now is it?
That’s the story of my blog too. I built it with love and spent a lot of my time working on it and poof, I lost it all; and just in case you’re curious, your boss kicked you out. Shame on you!

What actually happened

It was a warm sunny day, the kids were outside playing, people on the beach, the sun shining, the birds chirping — oh who am I kidding. Well it was warm, but all that other stuff, just crap. Okay yeah so it’s a warm day, all sunny and all and where am I? Sitting on my laptop banging away on the keyboard. I had been playing around with my portfolio site for long enough. It was still far from complete, but I decide to put it out there, just as a beta release. So I write the last line of JavaScript code and hit Ctrl + s. I fire up the Git Terminal and push my code to the repository that holds my website. After this I fire up FileZilla and connect to my server. Now this is the important part. This “server” holds my blog and at that point, a “Coming Soon” page for my website. Excited, I click here and there and wham, I wipe my complete server realizing around 10 minutes later that my blog, which was not backed-up else where, had been completely deleted from my main and only server. was no more. Just like that, a few clicks had taken away something I had worked hard on for a long, long time.


Well I have sulked long enough on this. I ruined my entire Saturday thinking about it but right before I started writing this, it hit me:

I had actually learned some lessons today.

I’m going to just go ahead and list them:
1. Always keep backups of important data.
2. Think long and hard before messing with sensitive data.
3. One wrong decision can ruin it all

The first two are important lessons too, but the third one has got my mind captured. A few clicks took away my blog. In the same way, a few wrong turns and wham, I’ll hit a wall. I’ll hit rock bottom. But here’s another lesson(oh boy a lesson inside a lesson, I am all over the place today), when you hit rock bottom, there is no where to go but up. So stay optimistic and life will turn around if you work hard and don’t give up.
Now for me, I've decided to use that lesson and study for my CIEs that are coming up in May/June 2015. After that, I’m going to start working on my blog from scratch and completing my portfolio site. Maybe I’ll just skip building a new blog and just stick to writing on Medium and at The Worm Official.

I would like to clearly put it out there:

Next time, I’m coming back faster, harder and stronger!

UPDATE: My Blog is back up at:



Ammar Shah