Shannon Stacey

Way worse than running through the woods

I had a horrible nightmare last night. There were no zombies. No faceless enemy chasing me through the woods. No drowning. No falling.

I dreamt Evernote went away. Poof! As if their servers or whatever crashed and went blank and then synced that blankness to all of my computers and gadgets. So all of my Evernote notebooks were blank!

Waking up in a full panic at dark o’clock is not fun. But Evernote runs my entire life, both personally and professionally. Everything from school notices to snippets of unwritten books to recipes to knitting patterns to contract highlights are in there. And, in effort to cut down on paper floating around, I’ve taken photos of all those scraps and filed them in the appropriate notebook. And, in my nightmare, they all went poof.

I was seriously curled in the fetal position in my bed, trying to comfort myself by thinking “what would I do?”. If I pulled up the Macbook Evernote app and it was blank, I could put the iPad in airplane mode before opening it and maybe it wouldn’t sync the horrible blankness. I wouldn’t be able to access the notes, but I could make a list of the note titles so at least I could try to recreate what I’d lost. And then I was struck by a dire need to get up and print out all of my Evernote notes so they’re all safe and sound on paper again.

Eventually I went back to sleep, but my tech-paranoia’s on alert level red today.

3 comments to “Way worse than running through the woods”

  1. Lee Laughlin
      · November 6th, 2012 at 8:34 am · Link

    There’s humor there, but it’s a valid concern. Sadly one I don’t have an answer too.

  2. library addict
      · November 6th, 2012 at 12:31 pm · Link

    Oh, that’s a terrible nightmare. I use Evernote a lot, too.

    The part I love most about Evernote is that it syncs bewteen my phone, PC, and laptop. Isn’t there an option to backup locally? While a local backup wouldn’t be up-to-date, at least you wouldn’t lose EVERYTHING.

  3. Shannon
      · November 7th, 2012 at 8:13 am · Link

    Looking into a backup is definitely on my to-do list. If I could, like once a week, drop a backup onto my iMac, that would be sweet.

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