I’m sure that my regular visitors have noticed that the site has been running really really slow lately. That’s because we have exceeded our bandwidth and our storage resources. As a result, I had to upgrade the site to a larger (and more expensive) hosting plan. So…
Happy news! The deed is done, and we shouldn’t have any problems for a quite a while. On the down side, I am now looking for ways to pay for the upgrade that do not include annoying and invasive advertising. Right now, this website is ad free… I’d like to keep it that way!
So, if you love this site, and want to support it, you can! And it’s easy. Just visit my new RedBubble shop: Magick Mama, and even if you don’t buy anything, at least you can like or share the designs that you think are cool. The more visitors I have, the more likes I have, the easier it is for people to find my designs and if I can get a decent amount of sales, that would really help with the costs of this website.
Is any of your information collected here on this site? Well, inevitably, some of it is. Sigh… But it’s not much, and it’s only for a few simple reasons.
- Spam comments.
I have a plug in that effectively limits spam comments here on the site. If I didn’t have that little plug in, I’d be dealing with upwards of 1000’s of daily comments about viagra and cialis and god only knows what else. My plug in tracks ip addresses, and other small internet thingy’s (I’m not technically advanced at all), and blocks spammers. The current program is doing a great job, and I’m glad that it has collected those tiny tidbits of information, which is all done automatically.
- Share This.
If I want people to share what I post, it really helps to have a “share this” option. This is a third party plug in, and I’m reasonably sure that they collect and track information like… I don’t know what… but the plug in is a freebee, so I’m sure they make their money some how. If you don’t want them to know anything at all about you, I’d suggest you share your favorite posts by copying and pasting the actual url or link to the post.
- Visitor Stats.
So, I like to know what posts are getting the most views. It’s a nice ego boost, and knowing what my visitors are interested in helps me to decide what to research and post about. Also, it’s really nice to watch that visitor count go up every day. Gives me a reason to put in all the long hours that I put in here on the site, slaving away at my computer until late into the night. 🙂 I’m sure that the stat counter is some kind of data miner, how could it not be? But it’s pretty benign, I think, and you’d be hard pressed to find a website that doesn’t have one installed somewhere.
- About Cookies
- But Wait There’s More
Net neutrality is a very important issue that we don’t hear much about… but there’s going to be a vote that could change everything you will be able to do online. If you value your freedom to surf and explore, and if you are tired of what is already a constant and persistent stream of propoganda, you might want to do something to preserve a free internet.
Not convinced? Watch this!
So, if you want to do something about it, here’s a link to a page to check out: Join the Battle for Net Neutrality
We have been working behind the scenes to migrate shirleytwofeathers.com to an updated hosting platform. Once all the busy work is complete, we will be a secure site. Naturally, this has not been easy. Apparently, this site is unusual and complicated and Go Daddy technicians have had to do the migration manually.
The SSL certificate has been approved and applied, but everything isn’t quite done yet because now there is a doppelganger site. one with the https and one without. Also, I have to reconfigure all my FTP settings, and possibly redo some of the feeds… not sure about that yet. So it will be a little while before I can calm down.
Also, I have been unable to get new themes to upload to the various little mini sites that I have been working on this week. I went on theme-a-thon and made a bunch of new ones and was all ready to add several new websites… but ALAS.. they will not upload and I don’t know if it’s because it’s a secure server now… or if it’s some other reason. So… I am freaking out a little bit. LOL.
Hopefully soon all the kinks will be ironed out and it will be business as usual.
I know, right?
Especially if you’re like me and over think everything to the point of exhaustion!