Over the past few days, you may have noticed that my site is running rather slow or it’s not functioning at all. That’s actually past of the reason for me not posting as often lately.
I just got off the phone with Tech support at bluehost. I have a rather large problem.
This is both good and bad at the same time.
Basically, the server is almost constantly throttling my site because I’m getting to much traffic for the shared server. They informed me that between October 16, 2012 and November 16, 2012, I have had over 1.5 million hits.
What does this mean?
On the plus side, I have a really popular site and a lot of people are finding something meaningful in my daily word vomit. For that, I’m truly honored.
However, this has also presented me with a problem as well. At some point, they are going to shut me down because I’m pulling to many resources and affecting other sites on the server.
The only solution is to move to another bluehost server. Essentially I have to move to a more dedicated-like server. This would afford me the additional resources needed to keep Lost and Tired online.
This also applies to the Autism Help Forums as well.
Bluehost has been kind enough to provide me with a discounted rate but the cost is still over $150. The truth is, I simply don’t have the money to cover the cost.
Not only does Lost and Tired mean a great deal to me, but I really like to think that I’m helping. I’m doing everything I can to provide the community with a place to connect with others and share our stories so that people can become more Autism Aware.
Unfortunately, I can’t do this alone, at least not this time.
I’ve never asked for donations before. I did add a Donate button about a year ago, in response to numerous requests.
Having said that, I need your help to keep Lost and Tired online for another year.
I’m trying to raise the $150 to cover the cost of the new server. This will cover the server costs for the next year.
If you are in a position to help and you feel that Lost and Tired is a worthy cause, I would be so grateful for anything you can do. I DO NOT want ANYONE to put themselves out, in anyway, shape or form. Your family MUST come first. Please don’t feel bad if you are unable to help or obligated to help, even if you can.
I was planing on making this move in January, with tax return. Clearly, I don’t think I have that much time.
Right now I’m only being throttled. They don’t know how long it will take before Lost and Tired is suspended.
Thank you so much for all your support. Please believe that I’m doing everything I can to fix this.
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Happy Thanksgiving! I love your writing and your blog. Keep up the good work.
I hope that my donation helps you stay online. I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I repost quite a bit. You have helped me through some tough moments without even knowing you have. Thank you Rob and your incredible family for letting this single mom KNOW she isn’t alone in this. You have opened a door to a huge community that I was starting to find, but found a lot quicker with your help. Peace to you all and much love from Texas!
I just started subscribing to your blog, but it is entertaining and insightful. I will donate, but unfortunately can’t until next Friday (11/23). I hope it will help!