My last post in WordPress was last October 2014. It really must be a mystery where I went all through those times. I was blabbering all about Canada and all that, and now it is time for the big reveal (as if I was running a magic show here).
Apparently when I came here to Canada in November 2014, I forgot my WordPress account password. Hooray! I wish I could have hired a hacker to retrieve my account back. But hell no, I don’t have the “ka-ching” to do so. So the most obvious solution would be to change my password. So I had WordPress to send a link to my email (which was Yahoo Mail by the way), a link which would direct me to a page where it would allow me to change my password and create a new one.
So I was logging into my Yahoo Mail account in my laptop… And boom, it asks me for a verification code. I think it’s some sort of way to verify if the user really is the user and not just some hacker from another country. It does make sense that I get these sorts of messages since I was already in Canada and that my account was Yahoo Philippines. At least Yahoo was trying to protect my account. But what was really frustrating is that the only way I could receive this verification code to retrieve my account is through a text message that Yahoo would send to my phone. Apparently I have no phone yet that time since I was just in my early days in Canada, but what really eats me is that the phone number linked to this email is my number back from the Philippines. And you guessed it, even if I have the phone and sim card with me here in Canada, I could not receive any messages from anyone sent back in the Philippines (well, because I’m already here in Canada and I’m not in roaming since it would be a long time again before I come back home). It was only through the text message that Yahoo could send the verification code since this was my primary email and it had no backup emails. And that was a critical mistake on my part. That Yahoo email was more than 10 years old and I didn’t include a backup email for it. It was a terrible mistake on my part.
With that, I had nothing to do (but sorta cry). I have a lot of important information in that Yahoo mail (aside from the fact that it was already more than 10 years old) – contacts, inbox messages, information, and other stuff, I don’t need to be detailed on that. Apparently, I became more worried for my email account instead of my WordPress account. You can say that this email was like my soulmate (not necessarily my life), but you get what I mean. All my social media sites are linked to this email – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even obsolete sites such as Friendster. So what happens if I forget my passwords on these sites? The only way to retrieve those accounts then was for these sites to send a link to change my password to my email – the same way WordPress did, which would be a total pain in a neck!
I got worried. So I finally created a new email account. I created a Gmail account instead of a Yahoo mail account this time, thinking that this might happen again once I travel to another country and I need to access my email. What’s more is that I created a more “professional” email, an email that would have my whole name in it – something that is recognizable. Not some crappy email names, like the one I had in my Yahoo account. And by crappy, what I meant were names such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
So I set up the new account and had my other crucial accounts linked to this email. It then became my new personal primary email, to which I created another Gmail account and that became my second account. That became my backup account for my primary email. I had other email accounts before from other sites such as Hotmail, however I am not using any of those. So I decided to simply use them as backup emails for my personal one.
Not a YouTuber but I do have my own YouTube account, which was linked to this primary one. My social media sites, although were linked to the Yahoo account, were re-linked to this new primary account. Luckily, these sites didn’t need me to go to my Yahoo email just to get my email changed.
However, there was one problem though. WordPress. I could not re-link my email to my new primary one. Why? Because in order to do that then you must login first. And that was my very first problem – logging in because I forgot my password. So I continued to attempt to login, trying different passwords. Alas, I gave up since I reached the point where I would be waiting for hours before I could try to re-login because of bad multiple attempts of logging in with incorrect passwords. I’m blaming myself for how I could forget my password. I have one that’s so easy and simple to remember and yet I forgot! I can’t believe I got myself stuck into this mess! Very frustrating!!!!
I was crying deep inside I couldn’t solve my third world problem. I wanted to write and WordPress was my only friend that could help me. I could in paper but I prefer to type. So instead of doing so in WordPress, I was doing so in Microsoft Word. I had no other option but to do so just to satisfy my cravings of writing.
A year and a half had passed and I still felt heartbroken (well, not literally for love) for the loss – my WordPress account. It was no longer the Yahoo mail account I was mourning for but the tool that had been beside me whenever I feel like writing. But whenever it comes to mind, I always tried to look at the bright side and move on – that I could still access my WordPress site as a guest and view my pieces from there and that WordPress is simply a tool for writing. Microsoft Word had helped me all throughout the years whenever I needed somewhere to write. And with those thoughts, I got it over me quickly.
However, one day, curiosity killed the cat. (Well, not really) I was fiddling with my iPad and saw that the Yahoo mail app was there and I became skeptical as to why the app was still sitting there knowing that I no longer use Yahoo mail. Apparently, after all those years I still haven’t deleted the app because… well, perhaps I haven’t really gotten over the loss of my accounts and they were still there. So I tapped on the icon of Yahoo mail app, and to my surprise my Yahoo mail account was still there! It seems like I had never even logged my email out in the first place. A big WOAH indeed! So does this meant that I could retrieve my WordPress account already? Well, it’s a both yes and no.
It’s a yes since my WordPress account is linked to this Yahoo email, but also a no since I made a mistake and that is, I forgot that my WordPress is still out there and is linked to this email. Five months had passed and I remembered that I am still able to access my Yahoo email. However I could no longer sign the Yahoo email out in my iPad because I would not be able to sign back in anymore since I already forgot the password of my old primary email account, and knowing that the only ways to retrieve the account was through a backup email (which I never made) and through a code sent from a phone message (which wouldn’t be possible since the phone number linked to that was on a Philippine sim). So no luck. So apparently, the only way to access this Yahoo email was through my iPad, which means that both the Yahoo email app and the iPad itself are both very important to me if I still wish to access the inbox of this email account.
Now that I remembered that I can actually change my WordPress password now, I requested a password change from WordPress and have a link sent to my Yahoo email. And now, I can finally login to my WordPress site! (Feels like you have been reunited with someone dear to you and you two haven’t met in ten years!)
Now that I was reunited with my old pal, I can now begin writing with it again! A lot had changed with WordPress and I’m still not used to it, but I’ll get there eventually!
It’s almost two years since my last post and time flies just so fast! I didn’t even realize that I was already gaining followers all throughout the years and I’m very thankful for all of them, for all likes, comments and suggestions for me to improve my writing skills.
There’s a lot of catching I need to do with bae but for now, I think I need some rest.
Date of Post: 08.18.16