Oh groan. What a morning it's been.
When I got up this morning, I found I had dozens and dozens of concerned emails in my inbox notifying me that my blog was down and redirecting people to a generic location.
It seems I'm in a dispute with Blogger (run by Google, boo hiss) about the domain name www.rural-revolution.com. We thought we had the domain name registered elsewhere, but in 2010 we were "slammed" by Google and inadvertently transferred the domain to someplace called eNom.com which, if not owned by Google, then has a close association with them. Whatever the circumstances, though, everything continued to work fine.
But for the past month Google has been telling me I need to update my financial information so I can renew the domain name. No problem, I'm happy to do so -- IF I COULD JUST LOG ONTO MY ACCOUNT. But there appears to be a hiccup on Google, and every time I log in using my email and password, I get an "Invalid Request" notice.
I've been trying to resolve this issue literally for weeks. I've gone round and round and round their troubleshooting options but keep coming up against the same brick wall. I've updated my financial info with Google Wallet, but there is no -- and I mean NO -- customer support for Google itself. Every troubleshooting avenue I've attempted, both online and via phone, shuts me down and can't help.
I've been carefully backing up my blog weekly for just such an occasion (I don't want to experience what happened to poor Granny Miller's blog). Nonetheless, I want to get my blog back up and running normally.
So for the time being, please bookmark this location:
This was the original domain name, and it still works.
I'm also going to be looking into the possibility of transferring my blog to Wordpress or another host site. I am sick to death of Google's behemoth attitude.
Thanks for all your emails of concern!