As of this afternoon, the site content has been restored. All of the articles written between October 10th and December 27th have been recreated word for word, occasionally with some small edits, and republished. I didn’t think that I would be able to get the twelfth and last post in the Steak Knives series, as it wasn’t found in the last snapshot of the site taken by The Wayback Machine. Luckily, someone named “Codeki,” on Poast showed me his RSS feed, which still had the article, and another user showed me the Archive.is snapshot of the work, which I used to recreate the piece. Thank you for that.
Actually, there is one article that appears to be lost to the void. I wrote a post wishing everyone Merry Christmas, and it wasn’t saved on the RSS feed, or Archive.is. In and of itself, it’s not that important to have, except that I detailed the problems with HostPapa. In the grand scheme of things, it’s still not that important. I’m just happy that the hundreds of hours of work that went into those published articles hasn’t been lost.
Unfortunately, there is a catch. Archive tools can only work on published content. All of the drafts that were created from October 10th-December 27th are gone. That might not sound like much, except those drafts include an enormous entry in the Steak Knives series that was one proofreading away from publication.
The last two Steak Knives entries, which focused on running for office, were initially part of the work on the failed political strategy and activism of the NJP. That draft got too long for one article, and I realized that I needed to first make the argument for the possibility and efficacy of running and winning local office before circling back to protests. Then I responded to a few commenters, clearing up a few things. Then I prepared to publish the work on activism, stopping only to deal with HostPapa, who had set a hard date of December 29th before my site needed to be completely off their servers.
It was then that the site was reverted back to October 10th.
I had a few other drafts on various topics, such as Gaza Gone Wild, that were similarly holocausted. I hadn’t published them because I wanted the site to have an unbroken string of Steak Knives works, and I didn’t want to spare any time cleaning them up instead of cranking out the next Steak Knives installment.
There was plenty of good material there. It’s a shame, but not much of a setback in the grand scheme of things. I once again face a blank page when writing about the activism failures of the NJP, but at this point it’s been so long since I wrote an original work that I’m looking forward to it.
One other thing. I’ve always wanted to go through my old work and edit it with fresh eyes. HostPapaGate forced me to do just that with articles as much as eleven weeks old. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed many of my own articles, although I definitely found more than a few moments in some of them where I definitely missed the mark. Those bits have been reworked.
However, it also made me realize that editing old work isn’t really what I want to be doing. After more than two years of writing, I’m still years away from having said all that I needed to say, despite what I wrote back in September. The Rake will not be finished after The Night of the Long Steak Knives. Where we go from there is a beautiful mystery.
For now, it’s back to work. Expect the next Steak Knives installment Sunday morning.