It was gone, completely. A fatal error message was all that was left. Not only that, I could no longer access my control panel to fix things. The whole thing was lost to the ages.
I was just tinkering a bit, and I messed with the code. I can write both HTML and CSS so usually this is OK, but in this case I was pasting from someone else and it didn’t work.
So I went to my web host page and found their customer service number and called it. I was barely on hold for a few seconds and in five minutes my blog was restored to workable order. Their customer service guy set my blog back to the default template which allowed me access. I could take it from there.
After deleting and reinstalling the corrupted theme, all was fine in blogland again.
So, who is this Wonder Web Host? BlueHost! They have 24 customer support, either over the phone or live chat. They have one-click installation for WordPress and a bunch of other blogging platforms. They have a very easy to understand file uploading system (FTP). AND I am able to add additional domains under this one. (In other words, our personal family-only blog with a separate name is also hosted there for no additional fee.)
They brought my blog back from oblivion in just minutes. You can imagine how relieved I was! And even though I blew the thing up right before Bip’s birthday dinner, I was able to join the family with my blog already completely restored.
So if you’re looking for a new web host- definitely consider BlueHost. They’ll treat you right.
(I was totally not compensated for this glowing report.)