A disgruntled member of the Lagomorphics team sabotaged some key servers several months ago when he was caught stealing from the company; as awful as the thought is, we can’t rule out further sabotage.
But, clearly, we failed to take the steps to prevent this from happening. And for that we are very sorry.
Can you tell what that is? No? Let me help you out. That is the sound of a blog service dying.
On December 30th 2008 JournalSpace lost all of it’s data. EVERYTHING! Every blog hosted there, every single post and every comment from the past six years that they’ve been active is gone. All the backups are gone. All account details have been lost. Just think about what that means to these people for a second or two.
I haven’t been here for two years yet and I’ve already published over a thousand posts. Taking away cartoons, web tests and other miscellania that still leaves a good two or three hundred quality posts. Posts I’ve worked hard on; researched thoroughly, put off publishing and rewritten entirely because a single line isn’t quite right, articles I’m proud of writing, stories and poems I don’t have hard copies of. That’s in less than two years. If I were to stay here for four more years I could easily have over a thousand worthy articles and stories on different subjects amongst many more fun moments I felt like sharing. Multiply that by the many thoughtful and crazy comments from everyone that visits and suddenly that’s a hell of a lot of both mine and other people’s lives that have gone into this one page. Now wipe out that page, and take the rest of the site with it, and imagine what we’ve all lost. Six whole years of our online lives gone. Our reactions to all our triumphs and tragedies deleted as if they never even existed. Friendships and romances erased in the blink of an eye.
I may stay here for four more years, I may be gone tomorrow. I don’t know for sure what the future holds. But I do know that it’s worth backing up your blog somehow. Currently I’m transferring my best posts to another page, originally with an eye to leaving this site at some point. I probably wont ever leave as I’ve built a rare circle of friends here that I’d hate to leave behind. But while My Opera doesn’t allow us to back our blogs up to a file and download that file to a PC or other storage device I’m going to continue to transfer my posts over. There’s a good chance that nothing similar will happen here, but nothing is foolproof. Just ask the old members of JournalSpace.