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Somewhere in the vast expanse of cyberspace, floats a year's worth of blog articles I wrote for Bravo TV.

Until a few days ago, they resided happily in permalink land, but apparently permalink land is no longer perma. Whether or not they are on vacation, or joined the ranks of other expats in some distant galaxy, the result is the same: their author is not happy.

The worst part is, I know how important it is to have permanent copies of my work. Though I have the word document versions, I need the finished ad/article/catalog, etc. This means I have to badger designers to make me a jpg or pdf for my portfolio (oh how they love this request), or I have to take screen shots of my online work.

Both of which I do about 25% of the time at best. And it's not always my fault. Designers move on, Creative Directors are "busy" and websites go through redesign after redesign.

I'm especially upset because unlike a lot of my copywriting work (which represents my ideas and that of the marketing team - some good, some very, very, bad), I had free reign to write about what I wanted at Bravo, which means each was in my voice and in my own words.

So yesterday when I discovered they were gone (exactly two minutes after a promising potential client asked for them), I had that familiar sinking feeling.

I now have to weave my way through miles and miles of red tape to find the current editor, designer or tech guy that knows the whereabouts of my beloved. I know from experience, that it will take days, and likely result in a lot of "sorry, I have no idea" responses.

So as of now, my head is firmly planted on the table as a nod to my disgust with my carelessness and disappointing loss.

I am a cautionary tale. Don't be me.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

I found one via cache (It’s the “Fall into a Big Bag” link on the right hand side of my blog). But it looks awful … not exactly portfolio ready. Ergh!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Renovation Therapy

Ouch. No chance it’s on google’s cache?

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Oooh, thanks for the tip. I am desperate, and motivated. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by a.

Have you tried Archive.org? I know a couple of ways you can usually retrieve articles if you get really stuck. It’s worth a try!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by the sassy kathy

oh no! i feel stressed just reading about that! how awful. i hope you have amazing success and locate everything asap!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mrs.French

oh no…you must feel sick…I hope you find them girlie…xo t

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by High Desert Diva


Sending hope to Paris….

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by C. Wade

There’s almost nothing worse than losing track of something you’ve created.

good luck!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Laura

Ack! Like liza, I am sending positive thoughts your way. I know how terrible it can feel to lose something you need, a record of your work – all I can offer is to try and remind yourself that situations hardly ever turn out as bad as we think they will, and people are generally more understanding than we expect them to be. Good luck & may the force be with you!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by liza

Until I started typing, I had my hand over my open mouth in my OMG! pose. I feel SO SO BAD! There must be some way… I know you’ll find them. I’m sending positive thoughts your way.

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