Tuesday, October 11, 2011

{amylouwho} stories of squatters, domains, and changes

Settebello's
This picture has nothing to do with this post, other than it makes me happy, while the things I've been trying to work out today have not.  This was my lunch on Friday I had with lovely ladies from the Sewing Summit. YUM!
Ugh, I've spent the entire day trying to recover my old URL. It turns out there are URL squatters that wait in the wings for URLs to expire so they can buy them and turn around and resell them for ridiculous amounts of money back to their owners.

So amylouwho.com is now on auction for $2,800!!!!  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  Someone said I should be flattered that they think my domain is that valuable, personally, I think it's slimy and opportunistic to take advantage like that. In case you were wondering, a URL costs 10$ a YEAR to register.  Yeah.  So, there's no way I'm paying that kind of money to get it back.

AB sheets - what started it all.
Again, nothing to do with the post.  But they make me so happy! And I need a dose of happy today.  I'll tell you about these soon too!  Go check your local Ross if you want some Amy Butler bedding. Just sayin'.

From my experience today I would not buy a .com (URL) through blogger - they use GoDaddy (boo - hiss), plus you have to set up an extra google account that isn't linked to blogger and/or an existing gmail account.  This is why I never got my renewal emails (because I didn't check that other email address).  Find a host separate from blogger (I went with Moniker - Thanks Candy for your ridiculously knowledgeable help today!).  It's cheaper, I have an account with them, and any renewal emails I get will come to the email I use all the time.  This really is my own fault to an extent, but they don't make it easy for you to keep track of things either.

So, the biggest problem is that any link on any site to amylouwho.com will no longer work.  That's about 2 years of linky parties, sew & tells and nice people who just linked to me because they wanted to.  At this point I would rather just move forward and try not to think about all of that.

I have purchased a new .com for $2,792 less than my old one. (Look at all the money I saved! How much fabric can I buy with that?!) And I need your help again.  I'm not going to ask you to go back and change all of your links, BUT, I would love it if you would fix a Sew & Tell button if you have one.
Here is the new code:






And if you have another link to me on your sidebar other than a direct feed from blogger or something similar - would you change that to  www.mommyandbeyond.blogspot.com too?  When the new URL is up and running all mommyandbeyond links will forward to the new address.  This lovely blogger feature is why you all can still get my blog through your readers.  THANK YOU so much for all of your responses the other day.  It made me feel so much better!

And really, it's okay if you don't want to go through the hassle of changing stuff around.  It's just a blog after all.  I do realize there are much more important things to worry about! Like posting about sewing summit! Which I will now get to since I think I have this mess worked out.

You people are lovely, thanks for being here.

24 crafty mcCrafters commented:

Rachel said...

I am a really, super, totally new blogger...but If I had the links...I would change them. Wow, good for you for not caving to the pirates (hey, usually pirates are cute...not so much this time...LOL) At any rate, so glad you are up and running, I love your blog!!

jlk said...

That is a ridiculous amount! Wow. Can't wait to hear about the summit :)

Faith Jones said...

Totally annoyed for you - ridiculous! Can't wait to see your SS post. :)

Kristie said...

Ugh! How annoying for you!! But don't worry, we're still here :) AND I l-o-v-e those sheets!!!

Tamara said...

I feel for you! have been there before and it stinks! Just think when one door closes another always opens and good things come to good people!

ktquilts said...

Boy, am I glad that I always referred to the button in my post!! I will change my button as soon as I get my computer back ( would you say a little prayer about that?). It will all work out!!! Keep seeing pictures all over blogland of you at sewing summit!! Maybe you have become a rock star, and your URL is worth it!! ;0)

Elizabeth D. said...

That is a dreadful story!!! I can't believe that there were squatters ready to hop on your URL as soon as it was free, that's crazy!! Thanks for the tip about Moniker, I've been thinking about buying my .com, so I will definitely check them out rather than go through Blogger. Thank you for sharing, and I hope that your day gets better now that this is all squared away!

Kristen said...

Love those sheets!! I'll change my code and encourage others to on my blog tomorrow! Maybe we can all pass the word along. So sorry 'Go Daddy' did you in.

Shannon said...

Ugh, what a frustrating thing! I'm really sorry.

On a brighter note,the Amy Butler sheets are awesome and I'll have to look for them. Are you going to use them for the fabric, or as actual sheets? I bought two duvet covers in the As-Is section at Ikea and I think one might become pajamas.

MandyK said...

What a pain! Hope the saga works out!

leigh said...

how lame about your domain name being held ransom! but I am sending your cards soon :)

Katy Cameron said...

Ugh, yes, thieving barstewards! I have a URL for my main website, so I just stayed with the blogspot URL for my blog. Thankfully as the site is a managed service, they worry about URL renewals, but I've had to help a number of people out previously that have been victim to the elapsed URL and squatter issue.

Cille said...

Sorry to hear about all the hassle about your domain. Not what anybody needs!
I have just updated the buttom.

randi said...

link fixed!

how silly that YOUR domain is being sold! ridiluous! at least you know your web address is pricey!

Kristen said...

That's AWFUL (but hey, at least it wasn't another blogger and stealing your blog name...happened to me, but then again I have a generic like name so it's my fault) After that happened to me, my hubs found a service with my domain (iPage) and it is a domain protector that won't let anyone steal it, including those swarmy no good squatters,(even after expired) and they have to pay me to get the domain. I don't know if your new service has that option but it's something to look into!

Kris said...

That is just ridiculous! I got the link, though, yea!

amy smart said...

What a PAIN!!!!! So sorry for the unwanted headaches - esp on the heels of such a great weekend.

I sure loved hanging out with you. Can't wait to see your post! (I need to do mine.)

Meg said...

What stinky people! How horrible!

terrieannie said...

I just happened to get a chance to check my favorite bloggers today and was perplexed when yours (that I had bookmarked) went to that ookie Go Daddy place. Good to know the story, sorry it happened to you, really happy I found you again!

terrieannie said...

Also... your tutorials are still linked to your original url, so guess that's another bit of mess you'll have to fix, too.

holly | bijou lovely said...

Ugh, I feel your pain! Guess why my URL is bijoulovelyDESIGNS.com? Yep...squatters. How annoying! Glad the redirect still works for you! I'll still be reading :)

Shay said...

I'm an amylouwho forever follower so of course I changed my link on my blog! You honestly made my day by calling me today...thanks so much friend!

Kim said...

That is INSANE!!!!! GAH!!!!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This is just so ridiculous! I can't imagine that someone doesn't have anything better to do then sit and watch for a subscription to expire. Glad you let us know. Oh, and MY Ross doesn't ever carry anything that cute :-(

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