I just spent about an hour writing a post on the Pew Research survey on media bias. I posted it, then went to look at it. I was rather shocked to see just the title and no text.
“Don’t panic”, I thought. I can just go restore one of the revisions from the autosave feature and type in the rest. So, I go to the autosaves and, guess what, they are all empty as well. Interesting.
I lack the desire to retype the whole blog, so this is my post for the day. Lame, I know.
I did a little checking around and found out that I am not the only one who has found that hitting “publish” has eradicated a post. As such, I’d suggest switching to HTML view (this ensures you’ll get all the HTML code) and copying a post before hitting the publish button. I normally do that, but forgot that time. If the post vanishes, just go back to editing it and then paste in the post. If you are really paranoid (as you should be), then you can paste the post into a text editor and save it.
Alternatively, you can write your blog into a text editor (or offline blogging program) and then paste it into WordPress.
The vanishing post problem hasn’t happened to me often (twice so far), but when it does happen, it is rather annoying.
Now, if you have a post that gets deleted from the WordPress site, it is possible to restore it. The details are here.