Life Lesson: Always make a backup
Life lesson that I'm still learning at 32: always check your backups.
My personal site runs on a very tiny droplet on Digital Ocean, and I thought the database server was a separate MySQL process, running with frequent digital ocean backups.
That was a todo item, at the time it was running on the local MySQL. I deleted the instance to do some updates and the MySQL went boom 💣.
I'm working to get my old posts back up from markdown files I'd saved locally, and exploring some new headless CMS options in the meantime, that I've been wanting to play around with.