Brief site outage (why?!)

The site was down for a few hours. This was entirely Sig's fault, who knew it would happen and did nothing to stop it.

My awesome web host, NearlyFreeSpeech.Net, uses a prepaid method for hosting. Instead of paying a flat monthly fee for my web site's bandwidth and storage (whether I use it or not), NFSN deducts from my account only the cost of the storage and bandwidth I'm using. If I have a massive site with hundreds of readers, it will cost me a bit more. If I have a smallish site with maybe a dozen regular readers, it will cost me very little. Periodically, however, I have to add more money to my account. This, I failed to do. Mostly because I didn't have any until yesterday.

I've had this site running here in one form or another since March 5th, 2005. A summary of the costs, excluding domain registration (which is reasonable for the industry):

  • March 5, 2005. Initial investment. 20 bucks.

  • December 28, 2005: Another 20 bucks.
  • April 3, 2006: Another 20 bucks.
  • November 14, 2006: Another 10 bucks.
  • January 13, 2007: Another 20 bucks.
  • May 26, 2007: Another 15 bucks.
  • 10 minutes ago: Another 15 bucks.

Grand total: $120 over two and a half years.

Keep in mind also that the same fund pays (or paid) for my wife's RainyDaySunshine site, Jawa's site (which received more traffic than mine during the year it was up), the now-defunct photo gallery, the now-defunct Russian site, the now-defunct forum site, and several other things that I tested and discarded. When you consider that some people are shelling out $20 or more per month for hosting they may or may not use, it starts to look like a pretty good bargain.

So anyway, the site was down, I added some money and now it's back up. I'll have to do it again within a few months, at the current trends--I seem to be a little more popular of late, though it might just be googlebot scanning my site and sucking my bandwidth.