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New Year's Eve Network OutageMany 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.

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  • Anna Biunno January 3, 2014, 10:10 am


    I’ ve been following you for years (not so much lately), and I’m impressed not only by your perseverance but by your clear writing. To that end, if you need a beta reader before publishing any one of your books, I’d be happy to help.

    I’m a senior technical editor, but my beginnings have been in professional liability insurance.

    All the best,

    • Felicia January 3, 2014, 10:54 am

      Thanks for the offer, Anna. I’ll keep it in mind.

  • Ignatius January 4, 2014, 12:16 am

    I have recommended Hostgator in the past, but two huge outages in five months have convinced me to look elsewhere. EIG seems to be acquiring companies with good reputations and driving them into the ground. I’m shopping around for a new host for my sites. I’m going to have the list of EIG hosting companies close at hand so I don’t sign up for any of them.

    Felicia, if you have some good ideas for eBooks, you should definitely go for it. A lot of writers are doing quite well with those. Best of luck with those projects.

    • Felicia January 4, 2014, 8:42 am

      Ignatius, over the years I’ve grown to rely upon and respect your opinions. If you find a hosting company that’s worth transferring to, please let me know.

      As far as ebooks go, I see that as a nice alternative to blogging. One day quite some time ago, I sat down and created a list of about 30 to 40 ebook topics/titles. Once I get back into the swing of writing ebooks, my goal is to write books for each title.

      • Ignatius January 4, 2014, 3:34 pm

        I will let you know if I find a good one. I have been doing a lot of research. I found a review site that seems to have a lot of recent and legitimate customer reviews. It also has a handy little tool that lets you identify the host of any website. So, if something seems to load really quickly or really slowly, you can check to see who the host is. http://www.whoishostingthis.com/

        BTW, the EIG sites I have checked show up as “Unified Layer,” but the server names still identify the original hosting companies.

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