Saturday, August 22, 2015

I thought I lost it... but this trick saved the webpage I needed

Wow! I am so happy right now.

A couple of months ago, I started to really dig into what I wanted to add to my Blogger blog to make it cool, functional, better... so I started searching and came across a great list of Dapinder's Top 25 Blogger widgets. I had already opened and closed several pages and this one just looked right from the start. I started at the top of the post and started to work my way through each of the suggestions. On my first night, I installed at least four; a couple of nights later, three more.

I took a break for no more than a week, and this is what I find when I go back to "the list" to continue my Blogger education.

 [insert snap here of NOT FOUND]

 Bummer, what? Check and recheck URL. Make sure you ARE looking at the Bookmark you know you made. Scratch your head. Aha! E-mail/"contact us" the web author. Surely, he(?) will let you know WHAT IS UP? So.... i do.

That was a couple of months ago. TONIGHT, I thought to myself, "What if The Wayback Machine captured the page? What if..." It was too much to believe, so I tried it and VOILA!!!!

Here it is in all it's Wayback Glory... DAPINDER'S "25 Best Blogger Widgets" as captured by The Wayback Machine (, where over 400 BILLION web pages have been saved over time.

How did I know about The Wayback Machine? The first time I ever lost touch with my first webpage was back in 1999 when Geocities bit the dust. Yahoo bought them out and I remember we all had access for a minute, but then it folded and I thought, awwwww, I will never see my web page again. This was before there was a desktop in EVERY home.

My very first webpage at Geocities was captured in this way. You can see it here.