I almost shut down this site the other day.
That’s a bit of hyperbole, but I did consider just abandoning it.
It wasn’t frustration over readership. While I’d love to get a trillion clicks per day, I know I don’t have that kind of site and traffic has steadily grown each month, so I can’t complain. It wasn’t about money or book sales or even writer’s block.
It was about photos.
Due to a mistake of my own doing, every photo that had ever been included here was deleted. Gone. Replaced by a blank square and a short description of what should have been there, like when a museum takes a painting off the wall to restore it.
At first, I thought, Fuck it, I’ll just go back to writing on Medium and elsewhere. Then, I thought, Well, I can keep the site up and just add photos to my new posts. Finally, realizing how a site grows and that oftentimes older posts are more popular than newer ones, I decided to bite the bullet and re-upload every image.
What a nightmare. Have you ever tried to find a specific jpeg in a folder of a thousand of them? It’s enough to make me try heroin.
I believe I restored most, but I know I didn’t get to all of them. So, if you’re clicking around on here and fall into a rabbithole of posts and come across one that has no pictures and large sections of white space, please don’t hold it against me. After all, my focus is on words, not images.
Can you imagine if this happened to BuzzFeed?
Here’s what I wrote this week:
“Blogs are for anoraks who couldn’t get published any other way.”
– Janet Street-Porter
Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.