The ISP hosting my three websites and a dozen email accounts disappeared from the Internet for 36 hours last week, starting on Thursday morning at 10:00AM and ending Friday night at 9:30PM. If the outage had lasted less than 24 hours, I would’ve shrugged my shoulders and went on with life. Outages do happen from time to time. I started looking into alternative web hosting when 24 hours came and went, and discovered that my domain registrar, DirectNIC, could host my websites for half the monthly cost that I was paying. By the time the outage was over, I had already transferred my websites over. This was purely a business decision.
A more detailed explanation can be found on my writing blog.
On a related note, this blog is on hiatus for the summer. I’m planning to finish the content conversion from the legacy website that I started in January 2008 and add other content that I haven’t gotten around to yet. I’ll blog about these updates from time to time. General blogging will resume in October.