Yes, it’s a new word that accurately describes my computer issues for the last week. Like a bug on a windshield SPLAT! went my operating system–doesn’t really matter which brand it is. What matters it what it taught me about myself and how I work.
As much of a distraction as I allow my lovely laptop to be sometimes, it’s also a multiuse tool that has become a dominant player in my creative output. It is a repository for ideas, drawings, photographs, information, communication of all sorts–working in tandem with my busy brain and the sketchbooks I carry with me. So much information, finished and in progress is stored in this small space that it has become a mobile electronic studio of sorts. Like so many other creatives I know, I tend to be freewheeling in my approach to my process which leaves me open to all types of possibilities which is the point to begin with. The problem was I was also freewheeling in my approach to protecting that information which also allowed the technosplat possibility.
I’ve lost all types of work before through carelessness, technological breakdowns and in a flood. I had an inkling of what might happen a few weeks ago and bought a portable hard drive and had started copying files on to it. Yeah I know that should be a best practice…I’ve already admitted to being freewheeling in my approach. Between the saved files and the information on my Blackberry, I have almost everything back–after hours and hours of work. Will I remember to back up everything all the time from now on? Probably not, but I will more often than I had before because my work is important to me and this time the splat was a real warning.