First, I plead guilty right up front to paranoia. There could easily be another explanation for this, although at the moment I cannot think of one.
On a prior post, philosophermouseofthehedge left a comment mentioning WordPress’s available no-ads upgrade. I was going to jump in right away and say something like, “Yes, yes, by all means you should get it. And let me tell you why. Check out my post ‘Ouch, WordPress lesson learned.'”
Of course, first I had to dig up the post to get the title and URL. And I discovered the oddest thing … the image in the post wasn’t showing. Strange. I went to the editing screen to diagnose the problem. The image link looked okay. But you know what? The image itself was no longer in my media library. Hmmm. Whatever could have happened to that image?
Anyway, long story short, I keep most of my images on my computer somewhere, either on this laptop or on my big computer — some half-baked idea about maybe wanting or needing them again; after all, I invested a lot of time finding them. It took about ten minutes, but I found the old screenshot and uploaded it again to my media library. So now, for the moment at least, the image is back in the post where it belongs.
If this post, or the image in that old post, or perhaps this entire blog, should suddenly disappear, ask the WordPress gods if they know anything about it. And remind them I was only trying to plug their ads-free upgrade.