Hello. It's Belinda.
Some people think I write these blogs off the top of my head. But that's not how it works.
First thing I do is pick a topic. Which can take a day or two.
Then I start my research. And once I go down that "rabbit hole" forget it. I lose another few days.
By the time all that's done I have to work "double time" to write the first draft. Plus get my roommate to help me with the computer.
I'm sorry if this is "TMI" but it will make sense in a minute.
A few weeks ago, I started on today's blog about Daylight Saving Time. That's right. I wanted to work on it "ahead of time." Which is ironic.
Anyway, for research, I decided to take a look at the Daylight Saving Time blog I wrote back in November. It was called "Tis the Season."
Do you remember that blog? It showed drawings about smashing the holidays together.
For example, if you followed Holiday Smash Time, you would celebrate Halloween and Valentine’s Day on the same day. And so forth.
My blogs are lined up on a landing page on the company website. Nice and orderly. All I had to do to start my research is click over to that landing page and scroll down the list.
But when I got to the spot where my November 3 blog should be I got the shock of my life.
Because it wasn't there.
My "Tis the Season" blog was gone.
It could only mean one thing. They were sending me a message.
By "they" I mean the people who make the decisions about setting the clocks backwards and forwards. In my "Tis the Season" blog I tried to bluff them a little. I wrote that "two can play this game."
If I could go back in time I would erase all of that "tough talk." What was I thinking.
I kept staring at the list of blogs. My heart was racing so fast.
Finally I ran upstairs to find my roommate. She was sitting at the dining room table working on her laptop.
I thumped and thumped. I couldn't stop thumping.
My roommate followed me back to the bottom level. She looked at my blog list and she noticed the problem right away.
"Belinda. Your Daylight Saving Time blog is missing. That's weird."
She sounded awfully calm about it. Obviously she didn't understand that the Clock People were after me.
"Let's look for it on the Wayback Machine."
She typed a bunch of letters and hit enter.
This is what I saw on the screen.
As if setting the clocks back and forward isn't enough.
Now I find out you can use the Wayback Machine to find blogs from the past. Blogs that disappeared.
She typed some more letters.
"Here we go," said my roommate.
And there it was.
And that's enough for today.
In the spirit of falling back and landing on my face I'm going to stop while I'm ahead.
But come on.
You can't just "hoover up" a blog from the company website and hide it in an old-fashioned time machine.
You can't do it without inside help.
Everyone knows what I'm talking about.
Everyone knows the Tech Team helped the Clock People.
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