I just lost my my e-zine

@winterose (39931)
Canada
February 28, 2009 2:47am CST
Storytime Tapestry has over three thousand members, The web host is zinester. They sent out the e-zine and they hold the membership list, now they apparently have been taken over and they didn't notify all the publishers. We can't post a thing and we can't retrieve our membership list to be able to go somewhere else. For the people that no me they know how important that e-zine is to me, I have worked long and hard on it for 5 years. And now it is gone. have you lost something that was important to you and you never got it back?
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14 responses
• Singapore
3 Mar 09
OMG winterose, I hope you will find a way to retrieve it somehow. No backups at all? This is disastrous... omg...
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
5 Mar 09
there is no backups because I don't have the membership list the site kept it.
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• Singapore
5 Mar 09
Since you are rebuilding your list, I have a suggestion for you to find a new site that allows you to export your membership data... at least you can prevent a recurrence of this unfortunate episode.
• United States
28 Feb 09
OH {{Rose}}OMG!! This is just horrible!!! I know how much that site, ( your work) meant to you, Oh my!! I am truly sorry!!! OH I hope they do something for you, retrieve your work or something so that it will not be lost forever!! I know you must be beside yourself dear friend; Is there anything I can do for you? {{{cyber hugs}}, I know its not enough but do keep me posted ok?? I will be thinking of you!!!
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
thanks sweetie, I haven't lost my particular work, but it is the membership I lost I cannot get my membership back, I reopened storytime tapestry with just a small list would you like to join?
• Singapore
3 Mar 09
It would really be terrible if you can't get it all back... guess you just have to slowly start all over... geez,
@Darkwing (21590)
28 Feb 09
I have lost a few things on here, including a whole batch of pictures I can't get again and a distributorship in a health supplement company which was taken over. The health supplement, I used myself, and it was very beneficial to me, but I can't get any more of it, so am in the midst of seeking out something similar. It can be very annoying when companies online do this, without any warning and I sympathise with you at the loss of your e-zine lifeline. Brightest Blessings my friend.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
we should have some laws protecting our rights but we don't have anything at all.
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@Darkwing (21590)
2 Mar 09
That seems a bit "off" to me. Are you sure there are no internet laws to cover you?
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
28 Feb 09
Yes an auto responder I was on for 3 years and was making money to and they went away with my money never got paid for anything I did they owed me about $4,000
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
gosh that is absolutely awful to have happened, mine was not money but five years of work to build up my newsletter to that point.
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
1 Mar 09
thats not good either hope ya get all back and thanks for BR
• India
1 Mar 09
Well yes,I did lost a lot of things untill so far in my life, but one thing that hurts me the most was loosing a mobile handset. Not because it was too expnsive or something, but because it had a lot of mobile numbers of my University friends,and I had no backup of it anywhere else,so, when it was lost,I lost some pals forever, even though it might seems silly!
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
that certainly sucks big time.
@worldwise1 (14890)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I am sorry that this happened to you, winterose, and I understand how you must feel. Sad as it may seem hardly anything is constant in this world. I'm reminded of when my computer crashed last year taking away a big part of my everyday life. Some of the data that I had on there can never be replaced. It's not quite losing a source of income, but it still smarts.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
oh I didn't loose money storytime tapestry is free, I lost my membership list which will never been retrieved, and it took five and a half years to build up that e-zine and now it went poof! Now I pretty much have to start all over again.
• United States
28 Feb 09
I'm sorry to hear about Storytime Tapestry. That's quite a blow. I know it meant a lot to you.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
five years of work, but I started it back up on yahoo, let me know if you want to join. I just lost all my members though so it is pretty much starting from scratch again.
@underdogtoo (9601)
• Philippines
28 Feb 09
The vagaries of the online world really defies prediction. I am sorry for your loss and hope that they resurrect the site with everything intact. I used to be a member of a site that was sold but the same people still ran it. Very few changed. Cheers!!
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
1 Mar 09
You can't even get into the site anymore, it won't even open up. Just went poof!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
28 Feb 09
That's horrible! Are you able to contact whoever is controlling that site? I truly hope that your ezine is not lost, just in hiding somewhere. I sincerely HOPE that you can get it back!!! I lost an entire day's work when I first started typesetting from my home. (Well, 6 hours of work, anyway.) I hadn't learned yet to save my work often and my husband, at the time, mistakenly unplugged my computer while I was working. Gone! Six hours of work... gone in flash! All because I was too naive and inexperienced and hadn't saved my work plus having the wrong plug unplugged. I learned fast, though... always save everything... OFTEN! I truly hope that you are able to retrieve your five years' worth of work! Maybe you will be contacted by the new owners of zinester soon. Don't lose hope! If you AREN'T able to retrieve your work, I'd report them to the Better Business Bureau Online. After all, this IS your work! Good luck.
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
no we cannot contact anybody and the membership list was not given to us in the first place so we can't get it back that is the most important thing, with the membership list we can always go somewhere else with ezines
@ellie333 (21029)
28 Feb 09
Oh no Winterose, how awful for you to have to experience this. I have read so many of your stories and enjoy so much. Surely they must have some way of giving you back the information. I would keep on that them and this is not just as there will be many also in your position. I wrote the first three chapters of a book once and in a stupid moment burnt all the material collected, originals letters etc which would have been put in there but with names changed on the open fire and have regretted it ever since but gone forever. I really hope you do manage to get some sort of list back, this must be so frustrating and upsetting for you. Huggles. Ellie :D
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
the site is down there is no way to contact them, it is terrible.
@Fishmomma (11599)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I think we all lose something important to us. In my case, last summer I lost hours at work and had to live on a lot less. It wasn't easy, but earned money writing for many hours a day and must say it wasn't easy. I did manage to pay the bills, but there was nothing left over.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
I lost many good writing contracts too last year, and now I have just peanuts in terms of writing online
• Canada
28 Feb 09
oh, that is so heart-breaking, and frusterating, and maddening....and that's just my point of view! I can't imagine what you, a creater, must have experienced when that happened. OUCH!!! Hosting companies should not be allowed to do that. A good thing to do in the future for all people with eZines is to keep a backup copy of their members information, so that if something needs to be moved in the future, it can be. you might not get back the e-zine in it's original form, but you can atleast notify your members, with such a backup.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
28 Feb 09
you don't understand you don't have access to that information there is no back up copy because you don't get the list and you don't know who has signed up. they kept that information from us,
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
1 Mar 09
I am sorry to hear that I just seen the email in my inbox and resubscribed to it. I think we all have lost things that were important and I do hope that you can get it up and running again. I have lost alot..stuff that can't be replaced.Things from my youth that I had for a long time. When I moved I lost alot.
@moneymommy (3421)
• United States
28 Feb 09
I am so sorry to hear that. That would drive me mad! Theres no way you can get your membership list from them? Oh no thats just horriable to spend all the years on something and have it taken away like that.