As thousands of you doubtless noticed, my blog has been down for the past week due to technical difficulties. I discussed the nature of the issue here. My dear husband temporarily reinstated the old blog name www.patricelewis.blogspot.com, and for the time being we had to hobble along with that.
But thanks to the intervention of a kindly reader named Tom H., I was actually able to talk in person (gasp!) with a Google tech support person named Laura. I spent an hour on the phone with her in Dublin, Ireland (yes, Google has outsourced its tech support to Ireland, but I was treated to her charming lilting accent throughout). As frustrated as I was with Google, this woman was the soul of patience and expertly guided me through the issues that led to my domain named being suspended. She also did a follow-up phone call this morning to make sure everything was GO.
Once the domain name was reinstated, my husband spent a hairy hour this morning making sure traffic was redirected back to the correct domain name. He also had a phone consultation with the folks at eNom.com (where the blog name is registered) and got a few issues straightened out.
So now -- at last -- it looks like things are finally back to normal!
Well, sort of.
We've found a couple of weird glitches. One glitch is you MUST put the "www" in front of the domain name (i.e., www.rural-revolution.com). If you type in rural-revolution.com without the "www" in front, you'll get that "404 Error" message. We're working to get this resolved.
The second glitch we've noticed is the blog roll has disappeared. A blog roll, as you may know, is a listing of other blogs that share similar reader interests. Blogs that have the most frequent posts automatically get scrolled to the top. For whatever reason, most of the blog roll list is gone -- poof! -- into the ionosphere, so I'm going to have to rebuild this list as bloggers contact me.
If you were on the blog roll and your blog has disappeared -- or if you have a blog you feel would be a match for this blog -- please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll either get you reinstated, or confirm your blog would be a good match. (Specifics for what we require in a link exchange are spelled out here.)
I have a few special thanks to make.
Both SurvivalBlog and Paratus Familia were kind enough to put up posts directing traffic to the temporary blog name -- to both these fine bloggers, thank you.
Reader Tom H. intervened with Google on my behalf and truly got the ball rolling. A thousand accolades are hereby being flung in his direction (along with a few complimentary books).
Google rep Laura was so very helpful and patient with me. Laura, I doubt you'll ever see this, but thank you.
To my dear husband for his patience and forbearance while I was literally pulling my hair out in frustration. This is the busy season for our home woodcraft business, and he didn't need a spastic wife just at this particular juncture.
And above all, to you, my dear readers, for your concern and faithfulness and willingness to keep trying to get into the blog. Without you, this blog is nothing.
Sheesh, sounds like I'm giving a speech at the Oscars, doesn't it?