Learning through disasters: A strict teacher

The other day, I was working on my other blog. At one point, I tried to click through to another administration page, but WordPress (my blogging software) kicked me out.

Odd, I thought.

I logged in and clicked “enter.” It said my log-in had failed. “Incorrect username/password.

Oh, no – Noooooooooo! I thought.

My blog has been hacked twice now. This time, as I was setting it up, I kept reminding myself, “Marshall, you need to make backups. You need to make backups.” But of course, I still hadn’t made backups, even though I’d put a considerable amount of work into it

Since I couldn’t log in, I thought I’d been hacked again.


After about 45 seconds of dread, I realized I hadn’t put in the correct username – I’d typed in the user name for this blog. Thank God. I tried with a different name and it clicked through.

Immediately after, I installed a plugin to handle automatic backups.

Take home lesson: sometimes (often times) disaster or the fear of disaster is the only motivator to do what should be done. Two options:

  1. Don’t wait for the disaster for motivation.
  2. Take advantage of disasters to get things done.