A Bit Upside Down

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Even though I joke about my lateness around the interweb, there are a couple of things that I’m never late for. In fact, believe it or not, I really am not partial to people being late for anything when they can avoid it. I’m never late for appointments or social dates, and I’m never late doing something that I’m being paid to do on time. So. On Thursday the lights went out. I wasn’t particularly worried, because these things happen sometimes. Fast forward through a dark and chilly Thursday night, to yesterday afternoon when the electricity people finally came out to sort out the burnt out box thing on the sidewalk, and I was indeed a day late sending through an article I wrote. Not cool, but fortunately they were lovely and understanding, and didn’t bite my head off.

When I started researching my Ghost Writer series I found out quite a bit about freelance writing and ghost writing in general, so I dived in for some real life experience and started taking on paid writing work. These days I don’t actively seek these jobs out, but I mostly accept them when they come my way. I actually really enjoy researching and writing about topics that I don’t have a platform to share, but still find interesting. There’s the real kick of knowing that your scribbles are lurking around all over the world, and of course, the money more than justifies my other forays into the world of writing. This is the first time I’ve ever been late sending an article through though, and I’m hoping that it will be the last. Anyway.

So I’m going about my catchup in my usual back to front way today, and I spot one of my old blog posts floating around. I’d forgotten what it was about, so I opened it. WOW – DISASTER! My dillyness sometimes really amazes me. As we all know, I’m not the brightest spark when it comes to IT, and a little while ago I realised that the pictures from all the posts I’ve reblogged ended up in my media file on WordPress. There were quite a lot of them, so I thought a little cleanup would be a good idea, and proceeded to delete all the pictures there. It’s only now that I’ve realised that if a picture is not in your media library, it’s not on your post either. I’m a bit speechless right now to be honest, considering the time I spent building all these things up, and the fact that a lot of the photos I used back in the beginning of my blog were lost on my old computer. At some point in the future I’m going to have to try and go back a bit at a time and pop new pics in the old posts, but I have so much to do right now, I’m afraid to say it’s not going to be anytime soon. Dummy. Never mind – I just wanted to mention this just in case any of you lovely scribblers get any similar sort of idea. We can get up to some odd things lurking around in our fuzzy writers dens.

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28 thoughts on “A Bit Upside Down

    Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
    May 31, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Very timely warning from Jo Robinson since I was planning to do a tidy up of my blog and its various layers this week. Will leave pictures well alone. If you are not following Jo’s blog then you will find it a goldmine and well worth a visit again and again.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Thank you again my wonderful friend! It actually hurts a bit to know that all my pics have gone forever – learning all the time though. 😀 XXX

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        Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life. said:
        May 31, 2014 at 11:23 am

        Is it worth contacting WordPress to see if they can recover from their server? I am not sure how they work their updating – such a shame…XXS

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 31, 2014 at 11:29 am

          That would be brilliant if they could – you’re a genius! Going to contact them right now! 😀 XXXX

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    mihrank said:
    May 31, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Reblogged this on mihran Kalaydjian and commented:
    A Bit Upside Down

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    alisonjackauthor said:
    May 31, 2014 at 9:25 am

    I found out the hard way about pictures disappearing when I transferred some posts, pictures and all, from my old website to my blog. The pictures did appear on the new blog posts until my old website became obsolete, since then they have been displayed as a blank box with a cross in the corner.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 11:20 am

      Ow! Do you reckon you’ll ever be able to replace them? Time is so hecticly short in general I’m not holding out much hope I’ll get to all of mine ever. 😦

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    Sue Dreamwalker said:
    May 31, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for dropping in Jo… Wishing you a lovely weekend… I am always back to front in my catchups too.. Take care.. Sue

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 11:21 am

      As long as we eventually catch up, then we’re alright hopefully. Have a wonderful and peaceful week Sue. 🙂 XX

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    Charles Yallowitz said:
    May 31, 2014 at 11:36 am

    I’ve done that before. I deleted my background and header once because they were sitting in there ‘unattached’. Hope you get it fixed soon.

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 11:57 am

      I just got an answer on WordPress – he said that they can’t be recovered here, but that I maybe could get some in my Google Chrome cache, so I just tried that, but there isn’t a lot in there. I’ll maybe have to try and go back to a couple of old posts every week and load up new pics – stupid old woman I am! 😛

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        Charles Yallowitz said:
        May 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

        Ouch. Consider it a work in progress and take your time.

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 31, 2014 at 12:09 pm

          I will – if I want to do it properly I’m going to have to look at a couple of months. It’s interesting though – I always thought that you had to delete things from actual posts for them to disappear. I won’t do any IT thing in haste again.

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            Charles Yallowitz said:
            May 31, 2014 at 1:16 pm

            I thought so too until I got rid of a few things. Oops. The media library is even more confusing now because anything you reblog gets added to it. Now I don’t know if deleting the picture affects the original or not.

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    Aquileana said:
    May 31, 2014 at 11:41 am

    My dillyness tenes to amare me as well, witty post… and I hope you get over It and feel better… Unless It is profitable for your writing (one never knows).
    Best Regards, Aquileana 🙂

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Us scribblers can be very dilly sometimes. 😀 Still, it’s my own fault for being so impulsive. Best to you Aquileana. 🙂 X

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    The Story Reading Ape said:
    May 31, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Reblogged this on Chris The Story Reading Ape's Meet New (to me) Authors Blog and commented:
    Tidying Up Your Blog? READ THIS FIRST !!!!!

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      jorobinson176 responded:
      May 31, 2014 at 11:59 am

      Thank you for sharing Chris – definitely not a good idea to delete those old pics. 😦

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        The Story Reading Ape said:
        May 31, 2014 at 12:07 pm

        I did that in my early days of blogging and sweat bucket loads getting them all back again so know how it feels Jo 😀

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          jorobinson176 responded:
          May 31, 2014 at 12:12 pm

          At least I’m in lofty company then. 😀 I know I can’t give it a lot of time right now though, so it’s rotten thinking about people opening barren posts. It will all work out in the end though – although never as good as original pics – I’m sure I lost all my frog in the house ones too.

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            The Story Reading Ape said:
            May 31, 2014 at 12:32 pm

            Bet you’re hopping mad about that Jo LOL 😀 😀 😀

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              jorobinson176 responded:
              May 31, 2014 at 12:38 pm

              LOLOLOL! I’m just getting over the shock now, and slowly realising that I’m not going to be able to leave this as it is for very long – interview and book pics – AAARGH! 😀

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    olganm said:
    May 31, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks for letting us know. I must admit the thought crossed my mind but I’ll control myself…I do plenty of posts about others so I have a lot of pictures…

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    sknicholls said:
    May 31, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I did the same thing, but caught it early in my blogging experience a year ago. Was looking back at my book page and realized the book cover image I had deleted from my media library was no longer posted on the book page. Gosh darn! I do hate that for you. What a lot of work effort to have such results.

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    M. C. Dulac said:
    May 31, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Aha! That explains why some of my pictures have disappeared! Thanks for sharing this Jo!

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    1annecasey said:
    June 1, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Aaaaaahh!! How awful for you!! Thanks for the warning – sounds like exactly the kind of thing I would do!! : ))))

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    Sherri said:
    June 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Oh no! I’m so, so sorry dear Jo. Who knew? I didn’t but thanks to you I do now…you are so kind the way you pass this information on to us. You are giving, generous and all-around kind lady but I don’t like that it had to happen to you…I wish ‘they’ would tell us this stuff….(and I’ll say it again…I love the way you write…). Hugs, hugs and more hugs… ❤ 🙂 ❤ xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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