By now most of you know that the blog crashed sometime Thursday, and I have spent more hours than I care to remember on the phone with Go Daddy’s technical support since then. First I had to work my way through the layers of lower-level geeks who assured me the problem was my local internet connection, even though blog readers across the country could not connect.
Eventually I got high enough up the food chain to talk to three different “experts” who had three different reasons why it has crashed and promised to fix it immediately and have me back online in minutes. Of course they did not, so each time I had to start at level A and work my way up again. The last estimate I received was that after doing a complete backup, which I pay Go Daddy extra to do on a regular basis but has not been done in months, they would have me back online by Monday. Maybe. This has happened several times before with Go Daddy, and in the past I have been offline for anywhere from one day to several days.
Finally, yesterday afternoon my friend Barbara House, who produces and donates the excellent RV camping journals I give away in our weekly drawing, offered to log onto the dashboard and see if she could figure out what was going on. And in a matter of minutes she had the blog accessible again. I did lose Thursday’s blog and all of the entries in this week’s free drawing, but at least I can post again, for now anyway. While Barbara was doing that, I got an email from Go Daddy saying whatever she was doing was conflicting with their efforts. So she left it at that and this may or may not post, and if it does it may or may not crash again.
I was ready to say the hell with it and just cancel the blog completely, but I’ve done it daily since 2006 and have many loyal readers. Somebody suggested reducing the blog schedule to maybe three days a week, but if I can’t get online or get it to stay up, how many I do is not the problem. What I AM going to do is leave Go Daddy, after over ten years. I will be talking to a new hosting company on Monday to get the ball rolling. Between now and then, I don’t know if I will be able to post again or not, since it has crashed twice while I was writing this. I appreciate everybody’s patience.
As for this week’s drawing, I will scrap it and start over again when we are up and running on a reliable basis.