|Me all last week...|
On Saturday, September 9th, my blog domain expired. I knew I was coming close to renewal time but I didn't receive a notice and didn't realize until it was too late.
Lesson #1- Don't let your domain expire.
Lesson #2- Don't forget who you had your domain registered with.
After frantically searching for my domain host most of the day, I thought it might be easier just to purchase a new domain. So I did. Through Blogger for $10. I then changed my settings to redirect to my new domain. But sometime before I was able to purchase and redirect, one of Blogger's DNS servers went down and nobody was able to redirect to custom domains from blogspot domains. I decided to return to square one and go back to searching for my original (and expired domain.) After a lot of digging, emails and phone calls, I discovered that my expired domain was ALSO through Blogger (Google) but being held captive by a 3rd party known as ENOM. I made some calls and received an email address to send a request for renewal. It was granted the next day and I paid another $10 to renew my old domain. I went back to my blog settings to switch back to my old domain and guess what?
I received the dreaded Google 404 Error message. Google/ Blogger had shut down the ability to switch back to blogspot domains.
So now I have TWO domains purchased through Google/ Blogger and am unable to use either of them and access my blog until this server error/ maintenance is complete. And I'm not alone. Anyone who purchased a new custom domain through Google/ Blogger from around September 9th or 10th is in the same boat I am. (And in a sidenote: Google/ Blogger allowed people to continue purchasing custom domains through them well after the server went down. In other words they kept taking people's money even though they knew there was a problem and those people wouldn't be able to access their blogs. Nice, huh?)
I'm pretty disgusted with Blogger/ Google right now and I have toyed with the idea of switching to WordPress (something I have been considering on and off for a while) but I have decided instead to create a NEW blog in Blogger as a temporary fix until Blogger can get their problems solved and my old blog is restored. It's been a week and I'm hoping that will happen sooner rather than later.
So here it is! My blog URL is slightly different (http://www.theflyleafreview2.blogspot.com.)
If you notice the template is the same and my review archive has been imported but you can't view the reviews because it redirects you back to my old blog (which, of course, is still down.) I also can't transfer followers, through GFC or Linky. I did import all my posts to this new blog but you can't view them because they too are located at my original blog which can't be accessed until Blogger gets it's crap together.
So, basically I set this blog up so that I could start getting content back out there as I wait for Blogger to release my hijacked blog. When that occurs I'll be switching back (and exporting any posts I create on The Flyleaf Review 2.) So bear with me kids. It's not an ideal situation but it is what it is.
In the meantime I would love to hear some thoughts on whether I should stick it out with Blogger or switch to Wordpress. Weigh in and tell me which format you prefer. And if you have any other suggestions and ideas about my predicament I would LOVE to hear that too!
I'm going to be tweeting my new blog address and hoping that readers find me. Sorry for any confusion guys, as I said, it has been a learning experience. Thanks for sticking around and reading:) I'm back tomorrow with two new reviews: Confessions of an Angry Girl by Louise Rozett and Cursed by Jennifer L. Armentout!