Setting // My kitchen table, just after 12:00 noon.
Musical Happenings // My local music teachers association had its annual music competition yesterday. I’m the co-chair of this event, so I was on my toes all day, from 8:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. I got home, got in bed with a quick nap in mind…and ended up sleeping 14 hours straight!
Blog Happenings // April at The Steadfast Reader referred to my “blog meltdown” earlier this week. Here’s the scoop:
I purchased my domain name via the Blogger dashboard. I’ve always been annoyed at how cumbersome it is to reach my domain provider’s dashboard, and even then, I didn’t have full control over it. Very early Monday morning, the domain provider eNom (which Blogger used when it purchased my domain) had a massive outage. On top of that, they weren’t offering updates or responding at all to tweets.
They finally went back up, but my blog still wasn’t up. A help file suggested going to my Blogger settings, removing the third-party domain associated with my blog, and setting it back up again. I tried that, but then Blogger wouldn’t let me link my domain with blog! I kept receiving random error codes. The Blogger Help Forum responses said “those error codes usually resolve on their own” (what?!) or tried to blame it on eNom’s outage, but unfortunately it was a separate issue. In one message I outlined what I had already tried, and the response was to try something that I’d mentioned in my original message – had they even read it? The forum was flooded with others having the same problem, and many of them were not eNom customers. I’d had enough waiting around for Blogger to give me any sort of response that sounded like they were actually looking into it. I wasn’t even confident that I was reaching “customer service” at all. What frustrated me most was, I could think of a couple of different temporary fixes, but I didn’t have enough control over my blog’s domain or hosting to implement those fixes.
Outages are normal. They happen. But the lack of real communication and basic control over my site was unsettling and unacceptable. I switched to Wordpress.org and moved everything over to Bluehost. Even getting eNom/Google to unlock my domain was a hassle. Bluehost has been amazing, and the switch to self-hosted WordPress was so much easier than I expected, thanks to this guide from Nanny Goats in Panties.
Reading // Needless to say, between the blog issues and the music competition, I didn’t get a ton of reading done this week. I did finish The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, and I just started Girl in the Dark by Anna Lydnsey. I hope to start Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum this week, too.
I hope you all had a calmer week!