Earlier this week I found myself looking at posts I published 10 years ago and noticed a few missing videos. “I’ll just sort those out” it thought, and ended up revisiting every single post in the 15 year history of this blog.
Most of the videos just needed updating to https versions – nice and easy. Some video links were broken, most were easily replaced, but some videos are no longer available, lost forever, and so I had to remove many of those posts.
A number of my older posts included or linked to photos of mine on Flickr – I deleted that account years ago when Flickr started changing and then charging. I occasionally regret doing so, but Flickr isn’t what it once was.
These days I share photos via Instagram, but I view posts on Instagram as a passing references to a moment in time; Instagram is not a store or gallery in the way Flickr was.
Twitter too is fleeting – when did you last refer to an old tweet, assuming you could even find it? My Tweets are automatically deleted at regular intervals such is the disposable nature of social media these days.
Which brings me to the point of this post, alway host your own words and images unless you view them as 100% disposable.
If you created it and care about it, make sure you own it.