Some hosting issues

Some of you may have noticed most of my previous posts aren’t visible.

Here’s what happened: when I contacted my web host about a billing question today, they informed me that there was a mistake on my account. The $10/month I was paying for what I thought was a shared server was actually supposed to be $50/month for a VPS! That explained why the performance was so good…but there was NO WAY was I going to pay that amount of money for a personal website. I made a backup of my site, cancelled the hosting service, and decided to move to the far more affordable wordpress.com. I’m not thrilled about losing the control I had when I was with an independent host, but I also don’t want to pour that amount of money into a website that’s not generating income or serving as a business marketing tool.

After importing my old posts I realized that the photos on my previous posts aren’t properly linked anymore. So rather than half-ass things and have a bunch of blog posts with dead photo links (which would probably result in a million emails notifying me of such), I made most of them private. (Some of them could use better photos or writing revisions anyway.) I want to go back and republish at least the tutorials, but considering that I haven’t had the time to sew for weeks I’m not sure when that’s going to happen…

If you are subscribed to new posts via email and got notified of this post, let me know in the comments. I’m not sure if that piece that carried over correctly or not. I had to get out of that hosting plan ASAP and didn’t have a lot of time to properly research first.

33 thoughts on “Some hosting issues

  1. Just a quick comment to say I got notified via my rss feed, so thats working 🙂 Good luck with fixing the kinks – I know people mention your blog for lingerie reviews, and I’ve enjoyed reading your style arc reviews, but both of those types of posts are so reliant on good photography. Frustrating.

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    1. Thanks. I was confident that RSS was still working, but it is great to get a confirmation!

      Situations like this are the nature of free content on the web. Someone has to put their time and effort into maintaining it, and if it gets to be too expensive or too much of a hassle for them it will go away. This is why a lot of formerly free services are now pay only – people really underestimate – or in some situations, just don’t care – about the amount of time and money it can take.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing – this is a great opportunity to do a content audit! When I started blogging I didn’t know what I ultimately wanted to do and had no sense of direction, and some of the content was a reflection of me being influenced by other people rather than using my own voice. I’ve learned a lot since then.

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  2. Hey Anne – I got the post notification in my reader. What blog drama! Good luck on getting it all back in working order – but it’s more important to live your life (and write new posts – IMO) than to dwell on the past. I mean, you are planning a wedding! 🙂

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    1. I’ve been totally overwhelmed lately in my personal life, and after I made the posts private I felt relief – it was one less hassle to deal with right now. I have a general idea of which ones people found the most useful, so when I am feeling less frazzled I’ll go back and start with those.

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  3. I followed a comment link and found your post. Sorry for this set back and I know from experience how aggravating it must be. I do say, however, that content is king, always has been king and will probably be king forever. Get some help and MOVE every single word over to this new hosting account. You do not want to loose all of your former work and all of that work’s SEO value. It might seem sub par to you now but it is not. You must save it all and move it all.

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    1. I did import from my old host, there was just some blip with the image linking. The content is there but most of it is private for now. The whole situation happened very quickly and making them private meant one less thing to deal with right now.

      I’m not a business, so I’m ok with SEO dropping. To be honest, if you had told me before I started blogging that I would eventually have hundreds of people following me, I probably won’t have started one at all. I like the thought of people finding my notes/photos useful, but I’m not a person that enjoys being in the spotlight.

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  4. Hi Anne! I agree with the above comment on older posts. I refer to your bra making posts regularly and find them extremely helpful. It’s hard to know exactly what past blog posts people are reading, so I thought I’d leave a comment to let you know there are likely lots of people who don’t comment but enjoy your detailed and useful notes. As a hobby blog it’s totally up to you but thought I’d put in my two cents!

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    1. Interestingly enough, I got some emails and a comment complaining that I focused too much on bramaking and had “too many bras”! I have no idea why people just don’t stop reading if think what I do is boring or otherwise unappealing. Or why they care so much about what I choose to sew!

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      1. People are ridiculous – I like your pattern reviews, no matter what they are. I’d love to start bra making but I have other priorities at the moment, so live vicariously through sewing blogs. If you suddenly decided to change your blog’s direction I’d either keep reading or unsubscribe. Its not like you’re forcing people to read your blog. Please do what you want to do, rather than what people want you to do.

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      2. I think it is more the principle of the matter: “You want to come to my website and start telling me what to do, without offering anything in return other than your sparkling personality? You won’t get anything then!”

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  5. Sorry for the painful switch and need to edit all that wonderful content. Focus on your wedding and later you can come back and add posts back as you have time and energy for it. Your photos are lovely and you often have very informative and helpful posts. Do keep posting fresh content as you have time because your sewing is lovely. Thanks for sharing your sewing with us.

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  6. I follow your blog via Bloglovin and wasn’t notified of this latest post. It would be a shame to lose your previous content. I especially loved your photo tips and found your suggestions to improve blog photos VERY helpful. I also use WordPress and will investigate possible issues with my blog.
    Like others mentioned, this isn’t a business and you aren’t paid for all your time and effort. I’ve followed your wedding gown progress and wish you all the best.

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    1. Website content audits are a good thing. It seems like every single post I went over had editorial errors. I’m obviously terrible at proofing! This forces me to clean them up.

      In some cases the file path is wrong, and in other instances the image just wasn’t transferred over for some unknown reason. (I’m not sure if there was an error during the import, or if it was just never included in the export in the first place.) Some photos show up, but are displayed at the wrong size. Since I have a server backup of all the photos it is something that’s easy to fix, but is a rather mundane task.

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  7. gah! good luck with sorting this out!

    i also have a selfish plea! next up in my sewing queue is the style arc victoria blouse. i have had your tutorial for the points and corners saved for ages. and i am bummed that just as i was about to start the project (truly!) your awesome tutorial goes dark. i don’t suppose you have the text of the tutorial saved? could i beg the favor of access to that?! (fingers crossed, and recrossed; eyes sqeezed closed; tiny hoping hops!)

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    1. You may want to check again…I am pretty sure that one is live again. Some of the tutorials are a real mess, I have to go into my server backup, find the photo, and manually re-upload in addition to relinking the photos. Some of my posts have all the photos missing, some have just a couple, and others have all of them. I just don’t get it.

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      1. eeks! it is! it wasn’t yesterday when i checked. wahoo! i am going to blatantly copy and paste it to a word doc, so i will have it just in case:) thanks, and seriously, good luck! your blog is one that i love to follow, gaining some great insight into many different techniques and patterns!

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      2. In all honesty, that’s what anyone should be doing. I depend a lot on the Internet for research for my job, so I’ve seen how blogs and articles move and/or disappear all the time for various reasons, especially if it is a personal site. I usually clip to Evernote.

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  8. Anne, I wouldn’t worry about any of this until you return from the honeymoon! In the big scheme of things, this is down at the bottom of importance. Mary in AZ

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  9. Just wanted to say that while I rarely comment I really appreciate your blog. Sorry about the mess. And I agree with the others this can wait till after your wedding and honeymoon.

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  10. Hi Anne, can’t tell you if your blog showed up in my reader feed, as I just haven’t had time to get to reading all the blogs I follow. Life has been rather overwhelming here as well, so I can relate. Actually, I noticed that you had been quiet here and on IG, so came over to check on you. It sounds like you found a great solution for your current situation, by making parts of the blog private until you have the time and brain space to fix things. Those needy, demanding, ‘sparkling personality’ types will just have to deal with it! I seriously can’t get over the nerve of some people complaining about your content. I hope life becomes less overwhelming for you in the near future, and also hope that the wedding plans are going well. Take care of yourself!

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  11. Hi, Anne. I’m sorry to hear that you got such a nasty surprise with the hosting fees. I have to join the others in being surprised that anyone would every comment negatively on what you chose to blog about. I’ve been a lurker for a long time and I’ve really enjoyed your blog posts — even the ones that don’t naturally fall into my areas of interest. You’re a good writer.

    I have to say, your posts about bra and lingerie sewing are one of the two sources online that gave me the confidence to try bra sewing. I hadn’t believed that I could end up with a bra that fit, looked good, and had support. Yours looked so nice that I took the plunge. I’m now completely hooked. I’ve now got one pattern that fits fabulously after some tweaking and I’m playing with others so I can have multiple styles. So, thank you for the inspiration and I look forward to whatever you post about in the future.

    P.S. You should be Style Arc’s spokesperson! You’ve inspired several purchases there, too. 🙂

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    1. There’s a lot of strange, lonely, entitled, and/or passive-aggressive people out there with not a whole lot going on in their life. The anonymity of the internet gives them the courage to get behind their keyboard and start sniping away at random people. Much like badly behaved children and pets, most of the time they just want attention. One of my brothers put my college car for sale on Craigslist about seven years ago. It was an older, high mileage car, so he set the price at $500. He got an email from someone loaded with profanity and full of gems like “who the F&#* do YOU THINK YOU ARE putting that piece of S&^@ for sale?” It went on and on about how even a junkyard wouldn’t want it, and how he was scamming the general public by even offering it for sale. (It wasn’t THAT bad.) My brother didn’t miss a beat and responded back with a link to another car on CL that was essentially a rusted heap that must have been sitting in the woods for the last 20 years, saying in the body of the email “perhaps I can better interest you in this!” The funny thing is that I ended up selling it not long after that to a woman who was THRILLED to have a car that was clean and functional.

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  12. I didn’t receive any notification. Rather, I received a style arc email and wondered if you had made it. I’m going to miss the post where you compared the different kinds of fabric for bra making. I was going to use your useful information for slip making. I also liked following you on your wedding dress adventure and your style arc reviews.

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  13. I was wondering why some of your posts were now missing – now I know! I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog and viewing your amazing sewing skills. I just started sewing bras, and I know you’ve sewn some amazing ones with construction details I would certainly like to see again sometime. When I first viewed your bra sewing adventures I thought I could never do that – too complicated. Well, the lingerie bug has gotten me and it’s really fun! You are a very talented woman, and you have inspired me to sew to the best of my ability too – kudos to you!

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