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Trout Nation, I need help!

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Hey everybody! You may have noticed that suddenly, there are no images on most of this blog? Why is that? Let me tell you a tale.

Back when I moved from my old wordpress site to my own domain, I exported the blog using WordPress’s export tool. It tells you that your posts, pages, and comments will export. The comments part is hit-or-miss; most of my comments didn’t follow me over here, which is a shame. My pictures all did, thank goodness. Eventually, I didn’t need the old blog anymore, so I deleted it.

And suddenly, all my pictures were gone. See, one thing that was never brought up during the export process was that the images don’t export, just the source URLs do. So all of my content was linking to where the old files were. And when I deleted the old blog, all of those pictures went up in smoke.

There’s a way I can fix this. I can go through and my old blogspot blogs, grab all the pictures from my old blog, and painstakingly slot them back in. That’s all my Buffy recaps, 50 Shades posts, and basically any blog post since before January, 2014. As a bonus, this is the only way it can be done; the hard drive that contained the bulk of those photos had to be wiped due to some technical thing that I’m just calling “hard drive no workey.”

This is where you guys come in. I don’t know anyone I can hire for this job, but that’s what I’m looking to do. I don’t even know what the job title of a person who does this would be, or what they would charge to do it. I don’t even know if I can afford to do it, but I know for a fact that I can’t do it. It’s too much work and I’m already spread too thin. So, if you know anyone who does this type of work, or you yourself would be willing to do this type of work, please let me know. We’ll hash out the details of how many posts you’d be willing to do and what you want to be paid. At this point, I’m fucking desperate (not a great way to open a negotiation of fees, I know, but I’m being honest) and I’m feeling so incredibly hopeless in the face of having years of work damaged.

If you or anyone you know can help, please contact me at, and thank you for your patience if this is bumming you out as you try to read through Buffy and 50 Shades recaps.

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  1. I’d be happy to do it for you (gratis), I think the stuff you posted about 50 Shades is that valuable. Plus I love the Boss books.

    I’ve been a sysadmin before and run (uhhh) 12 WordPress sites right now, so I do have experience with that kind of things.

    February 20, 2015
  2. Some Hussy
    Some Hussy

    It might help to split the work up. I bet you there would be several troutlanders (myself included) who would be willing to do a chunk of it. For example volunteers could be assigned a set of posts, like a month’s worth. Each post would get a folder and the pictures would be saved in numerical order as they appeared in the post. Then the folders could be uploaded to an online repository. You could have one or a couple of inserters doing the second half. I’m not a big WordPress person but if there are any sort of placeholders for the missing pictures then the inserter could update the old source link to the new link. If the file names have a standardized format then the inserter could easy copy/paste, update the number, and be done. I’m not sure if the captions remain or not? I’d assign one person as the role of coordinator so they can assign the volunteers a month to work on so there won’t be any duplications. There could be a thread on the forum for it so the volunteers can communicate.

    Thoughts on this plan…?

    February 20, 2015
    • Jemmy

      Yeah I’d be happy to go through and save images off posts, but I don’t have the first clue how to insert them back into blog posts, I’ve never used any blogging program.

      February 21, 2015
      • My suggestion was to save them one folder per post with the folder name same as the post name to make it easier.

        That way, someone who can grab pics can do that part and someone who knows how to upload can do that part, and they don’t have to be the same person. 🙂

        Jenny has a plan about where the folders will be.

        February 21, 2015
    • Amanda

      TRAGIC! D:

      Looking at the old blog posts, yeah the captions are all still there, under broken image links. So that’s a plus?

      February 21, 2015
  3. kay

    Couldn’t you talk to your hosting provider? Normally they should have backups of the info from the day before you deleted the blog, so they would be able to restore your files.

    February 21, 2015
  4. Laina

    How long ago did you delete the blog? It was blogger, right? I believe they save them for a little while? If you still have a dashboard, play around on there and see if you can find a restore thing.

    Also did you check picasa to see if your photos are there? When you upload to blogger blogs I believe they auto-upload to picasa?

    February 21, 2015

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