April 23, 2014
Is...this working? I think it's working. Poor little blog. Are you okay?
So. Hi! Sorry about that. Starting last Friday, Typepad (my blogging service and host) was hit with a seemingly endless string of DDoS attacks that wiped out...well, everything. All Typepad blogs went poof, nothing would load and nobody could post. Typepad would get one part of the service back up and then another attack would come and knock it all back down again. Domain-mapped blogs like mine (amalah.com instead of amalah.typepad.com) were basically the last thing to get back online last night.
In hindsight, I should have been much better and "out there" on all the other social media thingamaccounts, letting people know what was happening (I think some folks thought I'd been hacked or domain-ganked or maybe just bahbleeted the whole thing in an epic, mysterious flounce), but the truth is I just kept assuming everything would be fixed ANY MINUTE THERE. I'll just give them a couple more hours! I'll check back tomorrow morning! I didn't really have anything all that great to blog about today anyway! Man, The Simpsons Tapped Out Easter update sure is addictive, right? Tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap
(And etc. I kept myself pretty busy.)
There's a precedent for my optimism: I've been with Typepad since November 2003, and this was the first and ONLY extended outage I have experienced since then. I think one time the dashboard went down for like, a couple hours. And once my blog loaded kinda slow for an afternoon.That's...really amazing, and it sucks that some assholes decided to take them down so hard over Easter weekend. I can't even be mad. My blog was mildly inconvenienced (MAH PAGEVIEWS!!), but at least I didn't have to stay up all night on the phone with a super-expensive hosting provider, migrating servers and praying my back-ups worked and all that technocrap I'd have to deal with if I self-hosted. I knew Typepad would fix it, and they did. Nothing was lost or compromised — it was just down for awhile.
Plus (quiet voice), I try to not to attract attention from them, if I can help it. A looooong time ago I signed up for some lifetime rate lock-in plan (on top of a lifetime discount I was already getting as a "charter member blog") and that has essentially allowed me to be a total fucking freeloader for the past decade. I love this service, but damn Typepad, that offer was probably not a good business decision on your part. I pay next to NOTHING per month for this monstrous, sprawling data hog of a blog, and I'm always worried that at some point, someone from Typepad HQ will notice and be all, "Heeyyyyyy. We're gonna start needing you to pay us some actual cash money here."
But I guess today I'll risk that a little to say: If there's anyone left on earth who hasn't started a goddamn blog, I still highly recommend you check out Typepad. Great service from great people. Tell 'em the freeloading grifter sent you!
P.S. It's good to have my blog back. I would write more but I am a little skittish that if I wait too long to hit Publish something else will go wrong. Come back tomorrow! Unless my laptop dies or the Internet blows up or something. Then maybe we'll talk the day after that.