Shut out of my blog!
I am a weekly blogger and I generally write on every Friday which is the weekend in my part of the world. As much as I would love to write more often, I can’t; at-least not in the current circumstances between work, children’s studies and errands around the house.
I wasn’t able to write this Friday because of a few social obligations, so I pushed it to Saturday. It’s not like someone’s forced me to write but writing a blog is a promise I have made to myself and the wonderful bloggers who have decided to follow me. So, when I do not write I am filled with guilt like I’ve let people down and most importantly like I have let myself down. So on Saturday evening, at the end of the day, when I finally was able to get to my computer and I decided to let my creative juices flow, I was in for a shock. I was locked out of my word press account. Patiently and calmly, I did all the things that I had done in the past-cleared up the cookies on the desktop, reset my password, checked my gmail account, but the account was locked and I just couldn’t get in. So, I went to the help button and clicked on it. It tells me how to make the word -press account more secure with a double authentication password which somehow is what I had done initially and that was the cause of my pain now. After resetting my password, the login screen asked me for the authenticator password sent by sms to my mobile. I clicked on it but received no message on my phone. I tried fooling the system by going on the open web-page of my account on my phone but the security figured it out and went back to the login screen on the phone as well. Damn, I was stuck! The only way I could disable the second password was after I logged in first which of-course I seemed unable to do as my mobile was not receiving the messages. The “Help” tutorial said I could use the back-up codes that you get when you first set it up. Since I am not technically savvy, my husband had set up the authenticated password feature and he was not around then. That left me stuck. Stuck in a rut! Irritation first, then anger at my dependency, followed by frustration at my helplessness. I was going nowhere other than experiencing these horrible negative feelings which only left me feeling tired, stressed and awful.
However, being the eternal optimist , I decided to write how I felt on a word document, hoping to put it on the blog, the day I got access to my site again; as an answer to those who follow this blog.
Thanks for your patience and for sticking around!
P.S. My husband came back the next day and gave me the back-up codes that he had saved and I was able to access the blog, hence this post.
I know this is only a blog but how often does it happen that we procrastinate and push learning to a later day and time, until one fine day we are forced to learn.
I have listed a few items, that I have been delaying and I am writing it on this blog so that I don’t push it any more:
- Make that emergency bag with passports, important documents etc. which you would need to carry and run out in case of an emergency.
- Make a folder of contact persons, account numbers, insurance policies etc. in case God forbid, you need to manage on your own.
- Have medical files with data on blood group and other essential information on family members.
What’s your to do list? It will be great if you share it…you don’t know who else it will help. Make a commitment today. Don’t wait for the New Year 🙂