Hey everyone, I need to share some thoughts with You, thoughts about deleting accounts.
There's been a wave of people choosing to burn their photography past when tookapic became paid-only, and I should've written my thoughts then - but my time-travel machine is still broken. During the past month I've noticed a few more people deleted their accounts, and - what's most surprising - some of them put up new ones under the same names.
And now, when I hear "I could no longer look at my old photos", my heart bleeds. Isn't tookapic about the journey, the progress, the possibility to take a look into your photographic past and comparing it with current skills? It's not, like, Your facebook account and galleries, that (someone sometimes) can look through and judge You, Your portfolio that will keep You from getting a dream job because of a low-level photos, instagram account that has to be cleaned because of sponsors, who wants to pay You - but are uncomfortable about some of Your past photos. It's the one and only portal about THE JOURNEY towards taking better photos. About daily excercise, Your one and only "daily quest" diary.
And when You really feel, that You need a fresh start and don't want to have your new account connected with Your previous work (mainly: when You don't feel like "RESTART" button is for You) - wouldn't it be better to leave the old account, old photos, just change the account's name, put up a new account under old name and start anew?
For me deleting an account "because I can't look at those photos any more" sounds like burning your diary from when you were thirteen years old. Or nine, if someone wrote a diary when they were nine. Why is that? Because You can't stand the person You were at that age? Hey, past is gone, You won't change it - but You can still learn from it and.. maybe someday, five (or fifteen... or fifty) years from now, You'd like to take a look at it with an indulgent smile, maybe laugh a little from Your photography skills from that time. But You won't be able to do it if You delete the account permanently.
So... please, even if Your journey with tookapic is over, even if You don't want to restart the project, and especially - if You feel like You need a fresh start... consider my humble request and just don't delete Your account any more.