Many of us were affected by the major network outage on New Year’s Eve. I was working on my sites when the outage occurred.
Having gone through such an outage not too long ago, I felt it was time to look around for another hosting company. HostGator has been my web host for many years and I’ve had little problem with them, but it seems that their servers have been going down a little too frequently lately (they only went down twice, but when you earn money online, twice seems very frequent).
My first reaction was to mosey over to Pat’s Passive Income blog. He has a post listing the resources he uses. His host of choice is Bluehost. The only problem with Bluehost is it has the same parent company as HostGator and Bluehost was also affected by the outage.
Spreading Things Around
The majority of my income comes from my websites. When I was unable to work on the sites it got me to thinking. Instead of spending so much of my time consolidating and writing for my websites, I need to allocate more time towards finishing and selling books. Whether I sell them on Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Smashwords, the likelihood of all bookseller servers going down at the same time as Hostgator’s are pretty slim (unless there’s a major catastrophe).
Coming from an insurance background I learned all too well that it’s important to spread risk around. Never put all your eggs in one basket. Too bad I didn’t tap on that knowledge and do a better job of spreading things around. I’m guilty of falling into a pattern of familiarity and ease. Blogging is easy. Writing books, although fun, is more involved.
The New Year’s Eve network outage told me it’s time to finish my books.
Were you affected by the outage? Whether you were or were not affected by the outage, let my small tale of woe inspire you to diversify.