Requiem for a blog


I killed my blog. It happened without me noticing, a direct result of being a near computer illiterate. I mentioned in my last blog post that I could no longer upload pictures to WordPress. I had recently reached the storage limit of my media library so I started deleting pictures. The error message changed from “You have reached the limit of your storage capacity” to the cryptic “HTTP Error”. A quick search on support forums revealed that an overgrown media library could bring this message about so I set out to delete even more pictures.

Before I started deleting pictures, I checked to see if deleting pictures from the library would also delete them from the blog itself. That’s where I made a mistake, wasn’t sufficiently thorough, or maybe just didn’t have a clue. When I checked my blog, the deleted pictures still appeared on the page. I went ahead and deleted my entire media library. Today I found out that the pictures I saw on my blog pages were probably a “cached” version, or some mystery to that effect. In reality, the pictures are gone. Gone from the library, gone from the blog, my posts eviscerated, some of them no longer making any sense.

I poured a lot of my blood, sweat and tears on these pages since July 2011. I shared the early months of my twins, the birth of my ninth baby, our moves, homeschooling and my recent miscarriage. Some posts were wildly popular, others just touched a few hearts but touched them deeply, some were like a tree fell in the forest. Some readers shared their stories back with me and as my community of readers grew, I felt less isolated, more connected. This blog, the writing and the friendships that were born from it, has kept me firmly grounded as I sailed through some of the most intense and beautiful moments of my life.

After coming to the realization that my blog was irreversibly damaged, I spent some time exploring my options. I came to the conclusion that Vie de cirque had outgrown the basic WordPress platform I was using and it was time to ditch the training wheels and to move this wonderful community to a platform better suited for its growing potential.

Some things will change along with the hosting service. Most importantly, the name will change to “Fearless Family Life”. I know that many of you like “Vie de cirque” but it doesn’t lend itself well to search engines. I get many hits and messages from people looking for a French language blog on life in a circus. I need a title that is more evocative and easier to communicate.

Our family is at a juncture where it needs to diversify its sources of income: you know what they say about eggs and baskets. My husband, our only support, has a lot of very precious eggs in a basket-line that is expected to take a beating under the new Canadian government. My blogging is the most likely way to juggle my vocation and our need for diversification. As a result, I decided to take my focus off my writing for the next little while as I work on launching Fearless Family. I will find a way to archive my Vie de Cirque posts so that they are still easily accessible, I’m also planning to re-publish the most popular ones. I will still keep in touch via my YouTube Channel, my personal Facebook page and Instagram.

This is not an “Adieu!’ but an “au revoir” until we launch something that has the ability to grow with our family. In the mean time, please indulge me as I share one of my favorite musical pieces of all time, from Mozart’s Requiem. But don’t cry: we’ll be back soon.

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Requiem for a blog

  1. I should have warned you earlier. I was a graphic designer for 10 years, mostly web design. I loved reading your blog — it was fantastic! Yet the images took forever to load and would often crash my browser. I kept meaning to let you know that perhaps your photo resolution was way too high, making the photos too bandwidth heavy and causing browser crashes, but then someone would poo or cry or break something… you know how it is! So here’s the deal… for online viewing, your images need only be 72 ppi/dpi as monitors can’t show higher, that means very low resolution, light images, fast loading and lots of room in your media library. Blah blah, I am boring myself. Please look into reducing your image resolution… either in your photo editor, your uploading from camera preferences or blogging editor. I doubt you need to change editors, honest! Lower resolution will not affect online photo quality, but will make your blogging faster and easier and enhance readers experience. Best wishes from an ex web designer!

  2. Hi Veronique, I looked at your flickr photo resolution for one of your family images and it was 300 dpi. So 300 dpi is a very high resolution and meant for printing photos at a lab, but your computer monitor can only ever display 72dpi, making 300dpi a very big digital file for online purposes ( over three times the size needed). Even to print photos to paper professionally (for government publications, etc) the resolution required in 150 dpi. So please see if you can reduce your uploaded dpi (or pixels per inch). Again, sorry for being a didactic, boring commenter, but I really enjoy your blog and look forward to reading more!

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