Yesterday, I promised to explain what happened to Coupons, Deals and More, so today I will make good on that promise.
A few months ago, my last host began to ignore/not respond to any support questions I sent. They had always been so fabulous and helpful, that this development was extremely worrisome! (and after trying two new hosts in the last month, I now realize just how awesome they really were for 3.5 years!) I went over to a webhosting forum I belong to for information and to check if anyone else had been having the same problems, and I saw that others had indeed been having issues too. So, in December I contacted a programmer to ask what he would do if he were me with Coupons, Deals and More? He advised me to move, but we both agreed that after the holidays made more sense than two weeks before Christmas.
So, in January, against his advice and my own good sense, I put off looking for a new host. I knew I should have looked. I just knew it. But you know how you don’t want to deal with something that will cause you a lot of grief and mental anguish so you put it off and put it off? You know, because the problem is going to go away if you don’t deal with finding a solution.
Uh huh. We all know how well that works out.
Between getting packed for a month in Florida, not wanting to face the reality that my fabulous hosting company was no longer so fantastic, and not wanting to deal with the stress and strain of moving to a new company and a new server, I put off moving Coupons, Deals and More until the very last minute.
On Thursday February 14th my server went down for eight hours. I was certain something bad was going to happen, so I immediately signed up with a new host, had a server set up and sent an email to my programmer to please move me asap (different programmer than the one above, he had a conflict and couldn’t do it)!
I then waited to be moved. And waited. And waited.
And on Monday the 18th Coupons, Deals and More went down for good. My host owed Time Warner almost $25,000, and had not paid them for months. So, while Coupons, Deals and More was current in their payment, my host was in arrears big-time to Time Warner.
And, even though I set up a new server four days before, my programmer did not move me.
Seeing where this was headed that weekend, I tried backing-up Coupons, Deals and More many, many times. Those back-ups all failed.
Just about everything that could have gone wrong with moving Coupons, Deals and More did go wrong. The programmer never moved me. None of my back-ups would work. My last external back-up was back home in Buffalo on my home network (or so I thought).
The blog was dead until I could get home on March 1st.
When hubby and I arrived home, we scoured the home network, every single external hard drive, every possible portable device we owned for the back-up we knew we had taken before we left for Florida.
At that point I pondered not coming back, but decided that there really was a lot of valuable material on Coupons, Deals and More, and the blog really should come back. I engaged a new programmer. He told me that between the very old back-up I could locate and the wayback machine, “we” (that is the royal we) could get the blog current to January 15th. YAY! I’d only lose a month of posts.
Well, my programmer had a large project he was finishing up, and it would be another week before he could help me. When that week stretched to 10 days, then 11, then 12, I had more time to think. And, I decided I just did not want to deal blog anymore. I had been writing up deals online since 2000, and I was just plain tired.
My month off made me realize just how much I had been missing in my life by working all the time. Yes, I was helping people when I was deal blogging (and that was truly important to me), but it was no longer enough. I had not been happy deal blogging for a very, very long time. With the extra time afforded to me to think during my programmer’s delay, I decided that, while I loved my readers, I didn’t love deal blogging.
It was time to quit.
Before I could rethink yet again, I sent out a newsletter email, posted on facebook and google+, and put paid to Coupons, Deals and More. The worst part? I wasn’t sad for more than 10 minutes. That was when I knew I had made the right decision.
Tomorrow I will tell you the story of how and why Ann’s Entitled Life came about. It is a real barn-burner so you won’t want to miss that!
Until then …