The Wayback Machine and 5 New BOTM/SAL’s Added…

Hi Everyone, I’ve a little bug going on with my site at the moment, it has to be due to some of the wordpress updates lately. I’m working to try and find it. It seems to affect older pages on this site and not the newer ones tho, but if you try reloading the page you may see it also, it kinda looks like the path to the images. The bug affects all images, so I’ll be testing my plugins over the next few days to see which are current and which aren’t. I’m hoping it’s a simple problem like that and nothing else. 

Today I came to my blog to add some edits to the BOTM page for 2019, at least two BOTMs have finished and 4 more are starting or have started and I wanted to get them posted to you today. I realized pretty quickly that my sidebar stuff was gone, all that was there was the search bar, and the social icons, everything else was gone. One of the things about WordPress is that when you even switch a theme, the one backup you should make over everything else you also have to back up is your widgets on your sidebar if you have a sidebar. I LOVE the sidebar of any blog because it’s a quick menu normally to what your looking for on a site. Thus I use them frequently, and if I use them I’m sure other people do to, and that’s the reason I’ll always have a sidebar.

The problem with having a sidebar tho is you can forget what’s there if your the blog owner. I rarely change my sidebar except to add new events, so to have the sidebar just disappear can be a frustrating experience to get them back. Most of the widgets I do actually have backed up in a post that is scheduled for release in the year 2050… hehehe Thus I have easy access to redoing them. When you put a new theme in wordpress, you almost always have to also redo your widgets, so that’s the biggest reason I do have some backups. What I didn’t have backed up were the social urls, follow me urls, and my shops. Everything else was pretty easy, but you still have to re-add them and then you have to try and remember the settings. One of the things that helped me today and has been a big HUGE help to me in the past is something called the Wayback Machine.

Have you heard of it? Visited it? It is one of the coolest websites on the web imho. I love to visit it and actually do visit it quite often. Especially when I’m looking for something I may have seen on a website many years ago. My first thought today was to check the wayback machine for what else, but what’s on my sidebar. 🙂 It was all there as it should be, as they download your images and your webpages, it’s rare to find an actual download of a zip file or that type of thing, but when you need to see a tutorial, or find an image you can sometimes find it. You do need to know the url of the site your visiting and you may have to visit quite a few pages to find what your looking for, but when your desperate… well it’s a good thing to keep in your mind.

How does it work you might ask? Well, I’m going to show you real quick.

You first want to open your browser to the Wayback Machine website.

Type in the url of the site you wish to visit

It will then bring up a page where you can choose the year, and dates you want to visit.

and when it takes you to that page this is how it will look

The newer a date, the more images you see, the older the date you won’t see as many images. There is also no guarantee that they indexed all the pages on the site either, but don’t give up just because one date doesn’t work right, choose another date and see if they indexed it then. They index different pages with each time so that’s why you may have to try several times.

When I need a tutorial I am looking for, I’ll “x” out the top bar from the wayback machine and then click print, if you don’t, that bar will show up somewhere in your pdf that you print out, or even if you actually print the page, so be sure you “x” out that bar from the top right hand corner.

If the image is there or a file is available to download, you will be able to download them. I’ve rarely downloaded a corrupt file at this site, but it has happened. Images rarely come up as corrupt, they are more than likely not indexed to show up on the page.

However, this site is still fun to visit, there are millions of sites indexed here and it’s fun to see how the web has changed over the years.

Now, onto what you came here for tonight…

5 New BOTMs were added to the 2019 BOTM page today, clicking the images below will also take you to those sites.

Starting June 21st, is the Row by Row Experience, don’t forget to check your favorite shops for your kits and license plates and that free pattern. Once it ends the Once Upon A Story Row Along will then start here on this blog and we have an exciting set of patterns for you coming in September.

If you’d like to hear some news about me. My foot ulcer is stil at play… but it is getting better… FINALLY… I took a visit yesterday in fact to see how much it costs the insurance company everytime I go visit the wound care clinic, and it is a whopping 1879.00.. My payment on that is around 138.00 every two weeks. I nearly had a cow when I thought about how much this foot ulcer has cost me and the insurance company. I could have bought a new sewing machine for what it’s cost me now… Dang!!! that sucks.

I am still packing boxes for the move, we finally have found a home to move into and are set to move on June 15th. I bet I looked at 10 homes before I found one I could actually get. I had said yes to 3 of the homes before finding the one we are moving into only to find out that someone beat me to the house first. Houses here go on the market one day and the next day they are already gone, so you can’t muddle it for very long when trying to decide about a home to rent or buy. The cool thing about this move is we can move in slowly, not all at once like most moves, so we can pack/unpack, pack/unpack and save some money on boxes that way. 🙂

Either or, I hope you find a great new project from the BOTMs going on now and soon to come and I’ll see you again soon once I’m blogging away more often soon…

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8 Responses to The Wayback Machine and 5 New BOTM/SAL’s Added…

  1. AvatarMonica Richmond says:

    I know you have a lot going on. I just wanted to say thank you for all you have done. All your hard work is beyond what we see, but it truly comes out in the quality of work you have always generated. I just wanted to take a moment to let you know we all miss you. I pray you are feeling better. If it’s possible I do hope you are resting (at least some). Dont be stressed. We will all be here waiting on your return because we do really care about YOU the person, oh heck yes we care a lot about that talent you carry in your heart. Were would we be, for me you help bring purpose in my life. Living with chronic pain you have helped me so much. Thank you God Bless & Get well

  2. AvatarSusan says:

    Wow, that was a newsy post! By now, you should be in your new home. I hope you will love it. I presume it’s in the same general area? The Wayback Machine is really a cool place. I always have a sidebar, but I don’t really change my theme. I use twenty-ten and it is no longer available, though it won’t go away on my site. It’s the perfect theme, for my way of doing things, so I don’t see a need to change it, thankfully. I wouldn’t be able to get it back! Most of the shops in E. TN aren’t doing the RxR this year. I think there are only 11 in the whole state, in spite of the fact that the regional manager is in Oak Ridge. I know western states are still very involved. I don’t think it had anything to do with the theme this year, but just with the cost and not feeling that it didn’t pay for itself. One shop told me they quit because every year they had left over kits to undo.

  3. Thanks for the plug for my New BOM your support is appreciated and I am glad you are one the mend.

  4. AvatarRuthie Peterburg says:

    Happy to hear that you have found a new home. I wish you all the very best and that your foot gets better soon too.
    Warm hugs,

  5. So sorry to hear all the problems you had with your sidebar. I’ve not experienced that when changing themes on mine. Thank you for letting us know about the new BOMs

  6. AvatarTrudy Double says:

    Happy to hear that you are on the mend and the home front is finally on its way to completion. Looking forward to finishing the Christmas BoM and the state/Canada BOM. Take care of yourself.

  7. AvatarBarbara Colvin says:

    Thank you for all you do!!

  8. AvatarSam says:

    Good to hear your foot ulcer is resolving. Yes, it is a slow process, but slow progress is still progress. Thank you for the information on the Wayback Machine. Most interesting and could be quite helpful. Good luck with the house move.

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