Oh. My. God.
Ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod.
Oh. My. God.
I just killed my blog. Killed it. As in dead. As in all of my photographs and all of the text, vanished into the ether, replaced by a stupid little widget I was trying to install. A little widget, as the ONLY content of every single post I'd ever made.
*excuse me while I hyperventilate*
The backup template - didn't work.
The blog itself hadn't been backed up in far (far!) too long.
Oh my effing god.
But it's back.
By some tiny twist of fate the internet gods were smiling on me and I'd followed said widget's advice to paste the html code for the template into a text editor first, just to make it easier to find and replace the tiny bit I was looking for.
I copied that code. I pasted it back into the html editor.
It was wrong.
I tried again.
It was still wrong.
I tried five or six times. Wrong. Wrong. All wrong.
After what was probably the longest half hour of my life I finally managed to reverse the right number of edits to find the last correct version of the template and was able to replace it and all is again well in the universe.
(It IS well, right? All of you out there can actually SEE the posts now, right? Right???)
I've spent the past two days redesigning the template on my practice blog to see if I could create a more streamlined less cluttered look for this blog and apparently I got comfortable enough to get cocky.
Heed my lesson people. Back those blogs up, and for god's sake back up your templates before you decide to screw around with them!