They say what is on the Internet is there forever. However, that ain't necessarily so! For example, a few mornings ago, I had cause to revisit an old blog post I had written about ten years ago. Alas, the photo associated with it was absent! That gave reason to check several other older blog posts from my early days here on ActiveRain. They too were missing in action.
In my early blogging days, I often referenced photos and graphics I had stored on my web domain, rather than upload them to the ActiveRain Photo Library. And, recently, GoDaddy, my web hosting provider had migrated my website to another server since the old platform was no longer going to be supported. Apparently, the migration left a little to be desired, and content which had been referenced on my web domains, was missing in action.
Early this morning, with a few minutes of conversation with GoDaddy's support, I was fortunately able to have everything properly restored, so the photo links are working once again. However, the momentary stress brought to mind the inaccuracy of believing everything on the internet is there forever. In truth, it is only there as long as the platform it is stored on remains. OR, it is restored because it had been copied and stored elsewhere.
It is important to understand the importance of archiving important photos, blog posts, etc., in places other than the cloud, etc. I have an external hard drive that I back up to. Although I didn't require it to restore the photos linked to on my past blogs, I'm glad I had it, should it have been required.