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>”You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone”

04/30/2011 9 Comments

>”You Don’t Know What You Got ‘Til It’s Gone”

04/30/2011 9 Comments

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Let me tell you the one where I forgot to renew my blog domain and spent nearly an entire Friday afternoon biting my nails and Googling “what in heaven’s name do I do to get my domain back after I irresponsibly ignore all those emails from my registrar and the durn thing expires and now there’s some weird landing page with a stock photo of a blond girl and a dozen PPC links to makeup and skincare where my little blog should be?” Or something like that. 
If you follow me on Twitter, you may already be aware of the event that shall now be forever commemorated as The Day A Pretty Penny Almost Died
The morning started innocently enough, with a few hours of hooky from work for some much-needed quiet time and breakfast in bed with my laptop and favorite blogs. When I clicked over to my own blog to see who’s been visiting, I was shockingly greeted by a smug smiling girl carrying a backpack {okay, she was more friendly than smug, but let’s villanize her for effect} and a list of links to Bare Minerals and Sephora and other random beauty thingamajigs. After typing and retyping my domain name into the address bar and meeting the same fate, I panicked. Then I called husband and dramatically exclaimed, “I’ve been hacked!!
I’m sure his initial reaction was something like, “why is she still lying in bed surfing the ‘Net when she should be getting dressed and getting herself to our madhouse of a flower shop right this minute?” But instead, he talked me down in that soothing way that only he can, and said we’d find a way to fix it. 
I headed straight over to my Inbox to see if I’d missed a renewal notification, and sure enough, my domain name expired yesterday. Fortunately, the registrar I use has a grace period, and I was able to quickly reclaim it and — after a few hours of research and technical finagling — get APP back in business. But not before reading all of these forums about how quickly your domain can be snatched up after it expires, and how expensive it can be to get it back, and other scary stories of domain debauchery from nasty bots. You don’t want to lose your domain. Ever.
So, “what had happened was…” I had my domain registration set up for auto-renewal, but it was linked to a credit card I lost a couple of months ago and had to replace. I’m sure the registrar sent me an email or two (maybe even a letter at some point?) but in all of the chaos of real-life meets blog-life, I somehow missed them. Which was almost a disaster for this little life and style blog. And in that moment when I thought I’d be lost in the interwebs where no one could find me, I realized just how much I seriously love this blog of mine, and how terribly sad I’d be if something were to happen to it. 
Here’s the lesson: if you’re a blogger, and you publish on a custom domain, register that baby for five years or more so you don’t have to worry about renewing it every year (because if there’s one thing I’ve learned, a year flies by before you even know what hit you) and you won’t have to lose a year off your life and add a few gray hairs like I did today. 
Keira Lennox

I'm a small town lady from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear.

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9 Comments

  • Kimberly Anne 05/04/2011 at 4:09 am

    >for.realz. and if you have a blog and love it dearly, BACK THAT BABY UP. back it up.life comes at you fast. I lost every post from November 2009 thru Jan.2011 when I got hacked. blogs are finecky and not forever without lots of maintenance! GLAD APP's alive and well!Enter my Nanny Styles Contest!

  • heidi 05/01/2011 at 12:07 am

    >Holy cow. I can't believe that happened. I'm glad you're back. My bf told me there are people who snatch up domains so they can sell them back at a high price.

  • michelle 04/30/2011 at 1:15 pm

    >thanks for the warning! i would've panicked too! glad everything worked out though :)

  • memoriesfromwonderland 04/30/2011 at 6:29 am

    >that must have been so stressfull! i'm glad you got it back tho! I couldnt miss reading your lovely blog

  • Louise 04/30/2011 at 5:25 am

    >Gosh! That's horrible, I'm glad you didn't lose the blog though. It would be a real shame. :)

  • Juliette 04/30/2011 at 3:44 am

    >That really is scary! I'm glad you were able to get it back. I got my domain for a year because I kind of did it on impulse not knowing if people were going to like my blog or not, but I think I am going to take your advice and register for a lot longer next time around! Or maybe now if I can do it early!www.shoesandjules.com

  • C. Holley 04/30/2011 at 1:45 am

    >Oh dear, how scary! I tried accessing it during this time, too, and was hoping there was a memo everyone had received but me that there was a new domain name or something. I suppose smooth sailing is meaningless without a few storms, but I am happy you are back in action. :)

  • thedailyfashionista 04/30/2011 at 1:23 am

    >Oh that is scary!! I would've died for sure. Thank god you're back!! I would've been depressed if you just disappeared :*(

  • Amy 04/30/2011 at 1:04 am

    >Sound like a rough day. Glad you got it all worked out. http://amyfashionblog52.blogspot.com/

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