Lovely readers, something dreadful happened on the blog today. My blog was published as per usual this morning, but I soon received some tweets telling me my site was down. After surveying the damage (and trust me, there was damage), it became inevitable. Buy a new domain, or go back to being a blogspot.com blog. Now, there's nothing wrong with that, but I must admit that I was pretty damn attached to my domain. I've had it for over two and a half years.
Here's the dealio. When I purchased my domain in early 2010, bloggers could still purchase their domains - literally through Blogger. However, about a year ago, Google transitioned things so that you had to purchase your domain through a reseller. Those of us who were "grandfathered" into this new system are now owned in two places. Google holds the domain, as we bought it through Blogger, but Enom (a reseller) holds all the info.
Now, here's the tricky part. Enom will not allow Bloggers to renew their domains through them. Google requires you to renew it through them. Google, unfortunately, makes it tricky as hell to do that. Neither Enom nor Google sent any emails or alerts that my domain was expiring. Google doesn't have my information or a record of my transaction on file. Enom says anything I do has to be through Google. Starting to get the picture? Basically, Google now owns my domain. I can't get it unless I pay a ridiculous amount to buy it as a second party.
So, rather than just go ahead, roll over and play dead, much to my chagrin, I bought a new domain. Unfortunately, that means any references of the .com are no longer valid, so this is requiring quite the overhaul, as the blogspot address is now redirecting all site traffic. Soooooo...this little site is now a .org site. It's not ideal, but it's still mind, and I've finally made the decision. As soon as my wedding and move are over, i swim for oceans is migrating to Wordpress.
Please make sure you know that my new link is now: