11.11.2008

It looks a little different in here...

I've had my blog hosted by a company called PowWeb/Tucows for almost four years. At the time I checked into purchasing my own domain and having a blog host, I had a blog here on Blogger, and knew nothing about stuff like Typepad and others. It took me weeks to figure out what I was doing. I had to have someplace to host my pictures, so I purchased Photobucket and Flickr accounts. I needed some way of resizing and color correcting my photos, so I had to buy a program for that. And the hosting cost me over $100/year.

I had to download WordPress which was the format inside which I would blog. Passwords and stuff to learn and information to save...There was so much involved. ftps, MySQL, learning html so I could change things around and make it look like I wanted it to.

But tonight I'd had enough. I went to my Paypal account to print an address label and found that they'd taken $105.24 plus $8.99 for the next 12 months plus 'privacy' for my domain name. My mistake. I left the information in there under my account info.

So I called. And waited. And waited. And finally, while I was at over 25 minutes, I noticed a little button that said 'live support chat'. Clicked that button and got the account canceled. In fact, before I click the button to post this, my old blog will likely be gone completely. But it'll take 7-10 days to refund my money. It's like that, right?

Then I panicked. What about all those years of posts? All that information? Lost? Forever? So I logged back in, having finally located the proper password and login name, and clicked on that 'live chat' thing again and waited. And waited. Until finally a 'guy' (?) named Sergio came on and I suspect that he wished he'd not come to work tonight. I made him crazy. I wanted to know how to back up all the information so that I didn't completely lose my blog. He kept trying to tell me, but it all sounded like Klingon or something to me.

I managed to do what he told me. Finally. I'm hoping (haven't checked yet) that the data from my blog now resides somewhere in the gigs of hard drive space on my laptop. We shall see.

Meantime, welcome to my new, possibly temporary, home. It's good to be here.


2 comments:

runswithneedles said...

The new/old blog looks great! I'm enjoying all of you recent blog posts. In fact, you just may guilt me into updating my blog. :)

StampinShelly said...

Came on over easy peasy. I know a lot of people dispise blogger, but I haven't had a moment's worth of trouble. I love the purple. Cheaper (free) is always good. More money for fiber related goodness!