Thursday, October 11, 2012

a bummer of a tale that has a silver lining.

do you ever have a situation that (frankly) sucks, majorly sucks, and somehow even in the middle of it all you can think is that somehow you have confidence this stinky sitch will push you into something better?

here's my current plight: the company that i paid for building my website in 2009, which has also hosted my website these past three years without a hitch, never invoiced me for hosting this year and purposefully or inadvertently (can't get a straight answer, go figure) sold what was formerly my website domain to something or someone else. yup! is no more. unfortunately. and i was none the wiser until a lovely person attempting to refer to me to a potential customer told me my site was down.

oh by the way? this particular site-building hosting company has an "F" rating with the better business bureau and about a jillion angry customers who have told their story all over the internet. of course i had no idea until i was one of the jillion, but gosh, this isn't really a big surprise with that knowledge of how they've handled tons of other customers. it's unfortunate because i was placing a lot of trust in them and now the website which was the foundation on where my business was built isn't around anymore. and there's nothing i can do about it that i know of.

so, for the past week and a half i've been up to my eyeballs in emails and phone calls attempting to try and a) find answers and b) retrieve my domain. no luck.

all that to say: this isn't the first situation i've been in that's been a heartbreaker of sorts (this is on the lighter end of heartbreak, don't worry :)) that, in the end, has been a motivator slash a shove in the right direction. i've been wanting to change a few things about my business for some time, and i think this will push me into better things.
and in the meantime, as i brainstorm for the next strategic move which will probably be the same and different, all at the same time, i will:

a) be blogging and also be around on this facebook page- i'm not going anywhere.
b) be booking weddings and families like usual. know a bride or a family to send my way? send them to look at my work here, for the time being. as always, i can be reached here.
c) be looking on the bright side.

i'm excited. stay tuned.
and be prepared for me to actually be extremely motivated to keep talking with y'all. :)


Carlene said...

Blogs are one of the best SEO methods anyhow - JP Elario's entire website is built off a Wordpress platform and is essentially a fancy blog that looks like a regular website with a blog feature. Stinks to lose the name, and in the end, eh, not the worst thing ever; you're awesome and the timing is convenient - not going to lose too many clients in the area, because you're still brand-y new! Looking forward to what you do in the future! Also, the CAPTCHA for leaving a comment for you is awful, I tried four times before I got through.

//nancy said...

carlene- absolutely, and i couldn't agree more. thanks for your encouraging words!!

ps the captcha? one of the many reasons i'll be moving over to wordpress. :) haha! sorry for the frustration but thanks so much for your comment and your kindness! have a great night.

Shannon said...

ughhhh. that's so frustrating nan!

new clients will find their way to you website or no website. you are worth seeking out through other avenues.

what website company was this? i want to make sure to steer clear!

love you friend and those recent baby bump pics, AMAZING.


//nancy said...

shan the han:

YES. extremely frustrating, but thanks. :) i'm hoping it will all work out in the end.

the company i'd never recommend at this point? BluDomain.

love back to you! from all 2.5 of us. :) hugs.

Emily said...

I'm on wordpress & loving it thus far! I hope you enjoy it too! (So sorry about this whole mess, but as always, I'm so encouraged by your attitude).

Love you, friend!