Making a living and supporting your family with an internet business is a strange thing. At times it doesn’t feel real. Day after day, I sit here behind this screen and put my entire self into this tiny little world of ours and when I’m done, I don’t have much to show for it in a physical sense. And frankly, that can produce a pretty empty feeling when perspective is lost and the mind wonders.
When The Jalopy Journal crashed, we had a fairly serious issue with not only the site, but the backups of the site as well. For the first time in twenty plus years of doing this, I wasn’t 100% certain that the twenty plus years of Jalopy Journal/H.A.M.B. data was completely safe. The odds were incredibly stacked in my favor, but still… there was a chance that my life’s work was completely gone without even so much as dust to show for it.
That hit home. Hard.
Of course, it only took a few minutes to verify that 99.9% of the data was safe. Even so, that brief moment in time was enough to put the fear in a man’s eye. Enough to raise my level of thankfulness to another level. Enough to fill that empty feeling.
A few hours later, I had done all I could do and was simply waiting for the company that does our backups to get their shit together. And with the site down, there wasn’t much I could do other than wait… So, I decided to work on a little car project in my shop. In doing so, I had some carburation questions and turned to Google for answers. Every single relevant result pointed towards the H.A.M.B. which, of course, was inaccessible.
My level of frustration was off the charts. I couldn’t fix the site on my own and I couldn’t fix my car without the site and… I guess that’s all the perspective I needed to realize that this thing of ours is very, very real.
Twenty years ago, this world of ours was pretty small and the only avenue for truly relevant thought exchange was The Jalopy Journal and the H.A.M.B.. Things are a lot different now. Our world is larger and there are plenty of other avenues that guys can use to converse. Even so, I’m still here… and so are you.
And fellas… with perspective in hand… My family and I couldn’t be more thankful. So, thank you. Sincerely.