JournalSpace Shuts Down Due to No Backups


JournalSpace, a six-year-old blog hosting service, closed shop on Tuesday after losing all of its users’ data. Details are sketchy, but the company claims the cause was either an OS failure or a disgruntled employee that deleted the data.

Regardless of the cause, since JournalSpace had no backups, in addition to the death of the company, all of the bloggers who hosted their sites with the company lost their data. Many are trying to reassemble their years of blogging from a combination of Google cache results and other pieces.

Read more about this story at Slashdot and TechCrunch or read the company’s post “This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang but a whimper” where they are also listing the domain for sale.

A few key takeaways:

  • Mirroring: JournalSpace had been mirroring their data, meaning two drives would have the exact same data. While often mistaken for backup because this protects from a single hard drive failure, this is open to all other causes of data loss such a virus, fire, user error, etc.
  • Data Recovery: Most people realize they should do backups, but they put it off, and in the back of their head think “Worst case, I’ll take it to one of those drive recovery places.” Alas, as JournalSpace discovered, even the professionals at DriveSavers can only recover data in certain lucky cases.
  • Cost: If you think doing backups is too expensive, try not doing backups. JournalSpace says they spent as much on their attempt to recover the data as they had made in the entire year prior, did not succeed, and paid the ultimate corporate price.

Six years of effort building a company and volumes of users’ data lost is really unfortunate; if you have not been doing backups, make this your wake up call.


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.