I Was Hacked

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Boy, do I have a story for you.

If you’ve been around for a while, you’ll know me and my blog already, but if you’re new, WELCOME, IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU.

At the peak of this blog, we had over 64,000 subscribers and many a thousand followers across social media.

At the back end of last year, 3 years into my blogging journey, I became aware of some bugs in the coding of the site and I hired a developer to debug it. Instead, he installed malicious software to re-route the traffic of this site to his own.

(Why do people even do things like that? It’s so tacky!)

I tried to hire professionals & freelancers in the hopes of getting both my content and my blog back to its original state, but I had been hanging on to the hope of it for so long that I didn’t realise there wasn’t anything left to hope for. 

Fortunately, instead of taking the hit and letting this guy win, I fought back, and eventually regained access to my domain and decided that when the time was right, I would start anew.

So here I am, 9 months later, ready to start anew.

This whole thing has been a big lesson on backing up my stuff and in the time I was away, I learned how to do some coding to ensure this doesn’t happen again; It’s one thing to protect yourself and your blog but we, as bloggers, have a responsibility to you, our readers.

BACK-UP YOUR BLOGS, PEOPLE! EVEN IF YOU JUST SAVE YOUR CONTENT ON A USB OR IN ANOTHER DOCUMENT – SAVE IT ALL!

Hell, just back up everything you don’t want to lose forever.

Some of my old content can be found on Medium.

Until next time,

Kirsty x

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Kirsty Halliwell

Hey, I'm Kirsty! I'm 25 years old and have been blogging since I was 15. Although initially 'blogging' on Tumblr, I transitioned to my own hosted site in 2015, and have been blogging here ever since! My site is empty right now due to a re-boot and re-brand, but more content will be published daily! x
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  • Jess

    August 14, 2019 at 5:17 pm
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    Ah man so sorry to hear that this happened. I was so excited when I saw you were back on bloglovin and loving the new […] Read MoreAh man so sorry to hear that this happened. I was so excited when I saw you were back on bloglovin and loving the new site now x Read Less

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