I'm not sure how long my blog address was redirecting readers to a third party search engine, but I'm back again! Whew! Thanks to my moral and spiritual and bicycle guide, Susan Hill, I learned today that my blog address had gone missing. I spent a harrowing (mild exaggeration) couple of hours here trying to figure out what had happened. Was I hacked? Was my blog disabled because GOOGLE thought I had spam or inappropriate content? Turns out my domain name needed to be renewed and my registration had expired. Unfortunately, I did not realize this in time so some 3rd party hack gobbled up my good name! Then, with the assistance of another "guardian web-angel", LPR, I found a service that was "willing" to sell me my name back, for a few hundred dollars. Whoa! After a bunch of emails to various google tech desks, I found out all I needed to do was renew the name for $10. Now I "own" two domain names - the one we all know and love, and another at the same name but at a .net address.
Let this be a lesson to all of us, remember to check your accounts and renew your subscriptions on a regular basis. And don't assume that you can find answers and support easily. Hmm, sounds like a lot of things in life.