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


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. 

Author: 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. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

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