I’m back! Or How Not To Renew Your Blog

blog renewal

Whoops. Make sure to renew your blog on time.

“theamericanlondoner.com is about to be renewed on August 15, 2014. You will be charged $26.00 for this renewal in 60 days.”

Okay.

Whatever.

Must get back to posting on my blog.

“theamericanlondoner.com is about to be renewed on August 15, 2014. You will be charged $26.00 for this renewal in 30 days.”

Oh Jeez. Must get back to my blog, but I’ve got work to do.

“Automatic Renewal Failure”

“Your domain, theamericanlondoner.com is about to expire on September 26, 2014.”

F*%k. Must really get to that. Well, I’ll get to it soon. I’m on holidays.

Well that was just silly.

We’re sorry. We no longer control theamericanlondoner.com. You can contact the new domain owner and see if they’ll give it back to you.

Argh.

And so, I end my short foray into self-hosting, still firing off emails into the ether asking the new domain owners of www.theamericanlondoner.com if I can buy it back. I’ve even called them. In California! No joy.

It’s my own fault. I should have renewed. Still.

They’re really not doing anything with it.

I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but theamericanlondoner.com was a clever name and I’ve looked and well… no one really has the smugness I have to call themselves The American Londoner and write as well as I do. And now, the site is just an advert, a pathway, a conduit, an empty domain name weigh station.

Well, fellow bloggers, let that be a lesson. You like your domain and want to come in from the cold?

Make. Sure. To. Renew.

Still. It’s forced me into a rethink.

I’m a full time teacher. I don’t have time to monetize. I’d really like to, but it’s just not going to happen right now. Not without sacrificing my day job, or the quality I put into that job, and I’d rather not.

I’ll still accept guest posts, (with caution) and I’d still really welcome other American expats with something to say to post on this site… but I’m just going to concentrate on what this site was originally intended as: my digital portfolio and writing platform, to keep me in practice and to show potential editors I can and am still writing. Hope you’ll keep reading.

Oh and I had to change my name. Bookmark me! (squee!)

Cheers,

The AL

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