I’ve screwed up, big time.
I was uploading a new photo to my WordPress media library. The process was much slower than usual.
I noticed I had used over 30% of my available storage space. Could this be the reason it had slowed down?
Suddenly I had an idea! Things would obviously speed up if I cleared out the library, creating a virtual storage vacuum that would suck up new pictures like a Chihuahua with a breakfast sausage.
Don’t ask me why, but it made sense at the time.
I deleted hundreds of photos from my WordPress media library. I felt pretty damn good about this virtual de-cluttering, especially since I didn’t do it randomly. I deliberately deleted images I’d already used in my blog. After all, I don’t re-use photos, so why keep these ones around clogging up my library and using my finite amount storage space?
Hours after permanently deleting all these images, I visited The Sailor’s Woman.
Did you know that when photos are deleted from the WordPress media library they’re also deleted from the blog posts on which they appeared?
Neither did I.
The Sailor’s Woman has 172 posts. 148 of them, many gallery posts with multiple photos, have been wrecked.
Sobbing silently on the keyboard doesn’t seem to help.