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Wordpress Shut Me Down and My Interview With Artist Elizabeth Seaver
December 22, 2014 • 3 Comments
I once had a blog called So Much To Write So Little Time where I reviewed and helped promote self-published authors. Then one day, without notice or any warning, WordPress wiped it out of existence. I didn't find out until another site that linked to my blog told me the link wasn't working.
I went to my dashboard to find out what was going on and it wasn't there. Completely gone. All of the posts I had built up over two years had vanished. I of course immediately contacted WordPress. I didn't get much of response from them or an offer to retrieve my content. They said I was in violation of their terms of agreement. Here is the terms they said I was violating:
the Content is not spam, is not machine- or randomly-generated, and does not contain unethical or unwanted commercial content designed to drive traffic to third party sites or boost the search engine rankings of third party sites, or to further unlawful acts (such as phishing) or mislead recipients as to the source of the material (such as spoofing)
I did none of these. I reviewed books, I did blog hops to promote books and had links to books and sites that I thought authors and readers would find useful. I don't know if someone broke into my WordPress account and posted items without my knowledge or what because WordPress wiped everything out before I had a chance to know anything was going on. It's really frustrating.
So why am I telling you? Partly to rant about it and partly to warn others who use WordPress. I should clarify, I use WordPress.com, not a self hosted WordPress site. But you may want to consider moving to blogger after reading this. Especially since I have no way to access my old content to move it to another blog.
On the positive side, I was planning to combine my worlds together anyway, my photography, my art, and my writing, because I am tired of maintaining multiple sites. This incident is just expediting the process.
I plan to repost all my old reviews here so they will be up again. I'll just have to dig them up off Amazon and Goodreads.
I work at The Fine Arts Company in Hagerstown where we sell the art of unknown artists and I have the pleasure of interviewing each of the monthly artists we host in our store. For the month of January we have Elizabeth Seaver's work.
1. What made you decide to become an artist?
I think the desire lives in my DNA. Wanting to be an artist, has been a part of me since I was very small. I drew all the time, and when I won a dollar in a Halloween art contest in third grade, I was truly hooked.
I'm pretty sure Wordpress.com won't allow you to have advertising or promoted posts on your blog. It's possible they thought your book review posts were paid for by a PR company or the author. I think it's because of the ads they have on the free blogs to help pay for the free hosting. They should have sent you a warning though first before just taking your blog down and verified that the posts were just your opinions and that you weren't be paid for them. That's poor customer service.
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