When I logged onto my computer yesterday morning I was greeted by three messages from readers who also read my buddy Greg White’s daily blog, Our RV Adventures, wanting to know if Greg was okay because they could not access his blog. Two of them just said there was no blog, while the third said he got a message saying he couldn’t connect to it. So I gave it a try, and I got a 503 Error Code saying the server was unable to connect.
Forgetting that Greg and Jan are at a Thousand Trails campground in California and that there is a three hour time difference, I called Greg to let him know what was happening. As it turned out, Greg was still in bed, but his wife Jan answered and said she would be sure to give him the message.
I tried his blog two or three times and kept getting the same 503 Error Code, and later on Greg called me to tell me that he had talked to Go Daddy and the server was down. Eventually somebody on their end fixed things and Greg’s blog was back up and all was right with the world.
Well, not exactly. I was working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal and I needed to refer back to my blog to confirm the date of something we had done recently, and I got the same darned 503 Error Code on mine! The blog isn’t just a way to chat with you every morning, as much as I do enjoy that, it’s also part of our income stream and we depend on the small commissions we make when someone clicks an ad link or orders something from Amazon through the blog. So anytime it’s down it’s like having a store that’s not open during regular business hours.
I called Go Daddy, and while I was on hold I checked the blog again it came back up. Okay, whatever was wrong is better now. I hung up and went back to work. About 45 minutes later I got a text message from a regular reader asking why the blog was down. I checked it again and sure enough, that same 503 Error Code was back again. I decided to wait a few minutes and try it again, and after about half an hour the blog came back up. But three more times during the afternoon it went off-line for anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.
It finally came back on to stay about 5 PM and everything seems to be okay now. I sure hope so. I’m working hard to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal done and I really don’t have time to waste messing with internet problems right now. Overall, Go Daddy has been pretty good to work with, and much, much better than Yahoo Web Hosting, which gave us trouble for years before I finally switched. So I guess it could be worse.
I’m cranking away on the new issue despite losing time with things like this, and I’m making good headway. I’m eager to get it done because I want to start on my next Big Lake mystery novel. I’m hearing about some strange things happening in that little Arizona mountain town that exists only in the pages of my books and in my head, and I need to get back there and check it out!
Congratulations Cathy Emrick, winner of our drawing for an audiobook of the paranormal romance Midnight Moonrising by my friend Kristie Haigwood. We had 35 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.