Monday, November 28, 2011

The case of the missing blog - and other tales of horror


And we're back! The last month has been a frustrating wild goose marathon while I've tried to solve the case of my missing blog. On October 30, this blog disappeared like an early Halloween trick. After a glitch last year, when I was unable to renew my custom domain registration, Google apologized and paid for my domain renewal to make amends. But this year, my site vanished without a renewal notice.

While I frantically scrambled around various help centers, and wrote desperate emails to Google imploring them to bring my blog back, someone else appropriated my custom domain: OnBeyondWordsandPictures.com

I was afraid I'd lost two and a half years of research, interviews and writing -  not to mention a loyal following of wonderful readers.

Today, I had a phone call from Ireland. It was a helpful Google Apps representative. The guy from Google Ireland gave me an update on the status of my blog. Apparently, Google Domains tried to buy back my custom domain from the party who absconded with it, but that didn't seem to be working out. To make up for the mistake, Google offered to buy me another domain with a similar name - BeyondWordsandPictures.com (which, of course, loses the reference to the Dr. Seuss classic, On Beyond Zebra). So, I've decided to abandon my custom domain for now, and go back to having a simple blogspot that never has to be renewed. The upshot is, simply: OnBeyondWords.blogspot.com

I'm still hoping maybe Google will be able to recover my old domain, but for now, here we are. I'll need to print new business cards and blast the blogspot address out to everyone.

I hope you'll resume following if you already were - and if not - please follow nowI really appreciate all the kind notes and emails. Thanks for your support everyone!

Finally - coming up Thursday, December 1st: The long promised, one month overdue guest post on writing by the gracious and wonderfully talented YA author Joanna Philbin, whose latest book, The Daughters Join the Party, was released November 1. Please come back then and enter to win your own signed copy!

12 comments:

Charlotte said...

I'm so glad that at least you got your content back! What a horrible ordeal.

Barbara Watson said...

Oh my!??!! It's such a scary thing to think all that stuff can simply disappear. There's something to love about old-fashioned hard copies, huh?

Anonymous said...

What a mess! Someday the whole internet will be stolen by some Russian kid and we'll go back to like before. Glad you're back! - Pete

MotherReader said...

Yikes! But I'm glad to hear that the blog was "found" and that Google was so helpful - at least as much as they could be.

Mary Malhotra said...

Glad you're back, and with your historical content too!

iza said...

Wow, Megan, that's so scary! I had a feeling something was up because we hadn't heard from you in a while. Welcome back! We missed you :)

Gregory K. said...

What a journey! Glad to see you back. Here's hoping it's smooth sailing from here on....

Jennifer Lee Young said...

Glad you're getting your content back!

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Google Ireland? Are you sure it wasn't Google India posing as Google Ireland?
Sincerely,
Google North Pole

Dana Carey said...

Hi Megan! Sorry for your troubles. I've re-followed you. Looking forward to future posts. :)

Kathy McCullough said...

I'm glad you are at least up and running again!! What an awful experience though! So frustrating. Fingers crossed you can get your domain name back eventually.

Laurie Young said...

Welcome back! We missed you!