This past weekend my blog disappeared. It was gone.
Just. Like. That.
I don’t know if that has ever happened to anyone else who is reading this before, but if it has you know what I’m talking about.
It was scary.
I had to think real hard about what I was going to do. My blog is a source of income for me, so the concept of not having it up was a real issue. I am always working on projects so of course people I am working with would visit the blog and see that it wasn’t there! Really scary.
I contacted my webmaster but did not hear back. So, I got to work. I started reading up on what I could do to get my blog back. I was surprised to find all sorts of things on the web about webmasters disappearing and sites disappearing with them. That’s what had happened to me.
I am relieved to have my blog back, it’s not exactly the blog I had before, but change can be good, and so I am certainly hoping that this change will be a good one. It was a terribly scary transition, and I lost a whole lot of content that was on the blog– but I have my blog back, and I am incredibly relieved.
I learned a whole lot from this experience. One of the things I learned is that it’s probably a good idea to host your own site. It’s really not that complicated, and you are the master of your domain. I am now the master of my new domain. Luckily my domain name was registered to me, so there was just the process of transfering hosts, which was relatively straight forward to figure out, with a little bit of research. I want to thank all the folks out there who took the time to write about their experiences, and more importantly gave step by step instructions of how to go about regaining your site if you happen to exprience this.
Well, my blog is back, now I have to take the time to re-build.
Although I am a little frustrated I am also relieved. I now host and pretty much completely operate my site. That feels good.