Long time no blog! I am using this time of quarantine as a way to get reacquainted with the wonderful habit of journaling and blogging with a first person voice, keeping you and me entertained in the process. You may feel like you have missed a few episodes, or rather a whole season! I will try to catch up as we go. In the meanwhile, stay safe and wash your hands 🙂
Today, one of my sites got hacked. Fuuuuuuuck me. It’s not my main site, but it is a site I monetize nonetheless, so the hack is usually followed by a stream of angry ad people that have paid for ads and now they’re not live for the world to see.
Another annoying part of a hack, well, on top of all the BS involved, is that your links will appear broken to other sites that were nice enough to link back to some of your content. And many sites run a daily scan for broken links, and just remove the ones that don’t work.
So while it may take months or even years of networking for someone to link back to you, it takes a few seconds of being down for them to cancel the favor.
I am hosted by Big Scoots and usually I really like them, but the last time I got hacked (seriously hackers, get a life!), they charged me to clean my sites and move them each to their own servers, then upgraded me to a fancier plan, and now I am hacked again, so it feels like it was all for nothing.
I have to say I am quite confused as to what hosting is meant for. I mean, if I leave my physical content in a storage unit, and it gets flooded, the storage company has to compensate me, right?
Well for online property, they charge you, and then when all is said and done, you’re not safer than you used to be. Makes me scratch my head.
This time I decided to hire out for the cleaning, and the guy didn’t do a great job either, I could still see some funny files after the work was delivered, but as soon as it was “good enough” for Big Scoots to put me back online, I gave up on following up with the cleaning guy, because I only have so much energy in the day.
What made my day however is how readers donated to my impromptu fundraiser to buy groceries and help Guatemalan families get through COVID. So a huge THANK YOU and if you’d like to learn more click here.