Some days are just like that.
As a matter of fact, some weeks are like that. Stressful. And nightmarish. Where you just want to say “forget it!!”…and sit and drink coffee all day. Or Wine. And scream at the person who is causing your blood pressure to rise.
In this case, it was an old blog service I used when I first started writing. I will refrain from mentioning their #%$%#$ing name because they are evil. (BLog.com).
After about one week of using their site when I first joined the blogosphere, I knew immediately that it was not going to work between us. That union was anything but healthy. I wanted a divorce! So I jumped ship and made my way over to WordPress.
Ahhhhh. WordPress. They were like a breath of fresh air. Reliable. Professional. And, most of all, they knew what they were doing. They even had an amazing support network. One that was actually available to me when I needed some help. Afterall, I was new to this blogging bit and I had questions. Lots of them. Yes, switching to WordPress was joyous. And smart.
I was sitting in my kitchen last week, lighthearted and happy, ready to log onto my blog to write about something witty that Clark had said or done, and – BOOM – Just like that, tragedy!
I was redirected to some foreign, evil-looking page that tells me my Margber domain is no longer available to me. Therefor, I had no access to my blog. Huh???? What-the-%&$&$&%##*!!!! What’s this nonsense?? That’s MY blog! MY hard work went into it. Someone was trying to take control. It was like a mini-hijacking. I was the captain of the ship and it was going down.
My heart started to race and I did what I do best in those type of situations. In a slightly high-pitched, louder than normal tone, I yelled at Clark for it. Then, I took a deep breath, or two, and started to deal with the entire mess.
I had left the incompetent Blog.com after only one week of association with them, and they were still haunting me a year later. I could not believe it. Hadn’t I jumped the ship to avoid just this kind of disaster? I thought I had done everything right. I was diligent in following the rules and renewing fee’s. But, one had slipped through the crack.
I had my WordPress upgrades set to auto-renew and was well aware that my renew date was approaching. I had checked it a few weeks before the payment was due. I decided to override the auto-renew and pay early because, well, that is just how I am. I worry. I did not want anything to happen or come between myself and my uber awesome domain. If it were to lapse, my readers would not know where to find me. My email subscribers would be lost to me.
And, that is exactly what happened.
I was so focused on the WordPress end of it all, that I had neglected to even considered that the evil Blog.com side of it needed attention as well. After all, My domain originated over there (evil place) and because of that, I was linked to them. Forever. And ever. Until death do us part. OYYYYY. My divorce to the miserable Blog.com had never been official. I was still at their mercy but didn’t even know it. Ohhh, how disastrous!!!
So, after weeks of unsuccessfully trying to contact and get a reply from Blog.com (the trail went cold) I finally turned to the accessible and willingly available support team at WordPress, With a special shout-out to auxclass (Woot woot!!) and after hours of guidance, the entire mess has finally been resolved. Sort of. It did not come without casualties. While I have finally and completely cut all ties with the vile Blog.com (they’re evil!!!) it came at a high price. I had to temporarily give up my domain Margber. (SOOO sad!!) For the next few months, I will sit and wait and stress over its release. And then I will grab it again!! YaY!
Until then, I can be found at https://margber.wordpress.com/ and I gladly and proudly accept the WordPress name snuggled right in the middle of my shiny new URL. Temporarily. Until I can once again regain control my original domain.
So what does all of this mumbo jumbo mean? It simply means that if you are looking for moi, I can be found at the URL
It might also mean that you may possibly need to re-follow me by clicking the follow tab again. (it’s down there in the right hand corner. Go ahead, click it!)
So sorry for the inconvenience, folks ~ Feeling a bit like a block head. : )
At the time of press for this post, I had still not heard from the evil Blog.com to help straighten the domain mess out from their end. I had tried, unsuccessfully, for-everrrrrrrrr to contact someone from their (non-existent) support network. It has now been 3 weeks and counting. Im not going to hold my breath….
MaMa was right. There’ll be days like this…..