Farewell, Pixiq. You had a good run.

Pixiq.com site goes down, leaving authors and readers in the lurch

May 10 , 2013 by: Haje Jan Kamps Corporate, Opinion & Editorial, Team Photocritic

Sterling Publishing apparently shut down the popular photography blogging site Pixiq today, only a few days after serving notice to all their bloggers, stating that the staff would no longer be required.

Barnes and Nobles have a few things to celebrate this week, including a 20% hike in stock value when the rumours of Microsoft sniffing around their Nook e-book reader started seeping out on the internet.

That didn’t stop Sterling Publishing (who operates the Pixiq brand) from shutting down the entire Pixiq.com site, posting a message on the site’s homepage stating that the site no longer is active.

The message reads “Thank you for visiting www.pixiq.com. Sorry, this website is no longer active. For information about Pixiq books, please visit www.sterlingpublishing.com”, and it appears that Pixiq just flicked off the switch, weeks before their contracts with the bloggers expired.

Er, okay then...

Er, okay then…

Farewell, Pixiq. You had a good run.

Farewell, Pixiq. You had a good run.

The site didn’t communicate its intention of shutting up shop ahead of time, neither to its readers nor to the dozen active writers on the site.

“This is ridiculous”, says one of the Pixiq bloggers. “It means I can’t get my content back, even though the copyright was still mine, even though I had specific talks about that

Luckily, Photocritic staff Daniela Bowker and Haje Jan Kamps had a backup of their content, and were able to publish all the content on Photocritic.org with a minimum amount of downtime.

None of the editorial or management staff from Pixiq could be reached for a comment as this article was published.

About Haje Jan

This post was written by Haje Jan Kamps, who has written 569 articles for Photocritic

Haje has written half a dozen books about photography. He spends most of his time running Triggertrap, a company that creates creative tools for triggering your camera.

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  • Does that mean I can expect the stream of spam (in the form of “comments” to blogs) to stop now as well? :P

    • Entirely possibly :)

  • Strange way to close down a website. Childish! I did not have my content, but I’ve the original texts and because I was expecting something like this to happen for some time, I’ve started my own “Pixiq”, a pdf monthly emagazine, FOTOdigital, made in Lightroom 4, which can be read at http://www.issuu.com/joseantunes. It will be a way to keep in touch with some of my readers. Still, the way Pixiq was closed is rather strange. First I though it was down for maintenance… I had to read the notice twice to get it!

  • I wrote for them for a while… about 70 articles the last time I looked… and couldn’t make a dime with them although I got spam from their comments day after day.

    But from the beginning the whole thing didn’t have direction or make much sense. After about a year I stopped submitting articles. They would just disappear into the stream, and the way the whole thing was set up — I mean just to do the publishing was a chore. And every few months whoever was leading the bloggers would write and tell you they were leaving…

    Even the name – I never knew how to pronounce it. What kind of a name is pixiq? Pick-Quick? Picks-Ick? All in all – a disaster almost from day one. Dave Beckerman

  • “Going Pro” content is safe, because I write in Pages and copy/paste. Images safe as well, all labeled. I put a huge amount of heart into Pixiq content. I shall certainly edit for other sites. Please visit me at “The RAW Report” at ProPhotoCoalition.com and at “Cameratico”. Kudos plus to all past Pixiq authors.

  • hmm… so they were running with Drupal. I thought I was the only one.
    Haje, would love to see Photocritic come alive again.

  • […] According to Photocritic, which was one of the main contributors on Pixiq, Barnes and Nobles owned Sterling shut down the site earlier today, taking with it thousands of articles and comments that are have now disappeared into the ether of zeros and ones. […]

  • Oh well, their loss. You guys were the reason I started to get on that site, and the only reason I kept going back to it. Thank you for not stopping. You guys are awesome!

  • Enjoy your cloud computing, people! Ha ha ha ha ha!

    • How did this have anything to do with the cloud?

      • It doesn’t, but the cloud has become synonymous with any hosted service or site for most computer illiterate people. Easier to remember the word cloud I’m guessing.

  • […] photocritic.org came back online around about the same time pixiq.com went kaput and the whole original article was restored. I had a quick read and realised this was a […]

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