I really thought that this month could only get better. I was wrong!
I fired up my PC this morning to discover that my Imagineer-ing blog has been deactivated! No warning, no questions. Just switched off! And for what reason? You can be confident of one thing:
I have not violated any terms of service!
So, just as things on that score, i.e. writing and publishing, are looking good – the whole world just comes tumbling down! Sure, I know – that’s over dramatic. To be honest, it’s exactly how I feel, though. Going through a change in meds, involving the withdrawal of some potent stuff and inadequate replacement with new potent stuff, and therefore meaning my pain levels have gone somewhere beyond Jupiter for today and the next two days, at least. Like many these days, finances have dried up and that has one significant consequence – no cigarettes – and yes, I know many will think “Good!” but, I really don’t need the withdrawal symptoms from that too! And, an admitted codeine addict – I was ‘cold turkey’ for over a day and a half because I ran out of tablets. So yes. I feel extremely put upon!
Now, I’m pretty certain that WordPress.com don’t have people checking every single one of their hundreds of thousands of blogs. Conclusion? Somebody reported mine. For what, though? I make no money through the blog! Yes, there are links to places where people can buy books, but the majority are not my books, nor do I receive any consideration for advertising the works of others. I have been meticulous about making it very clear that I do not want anything in return – not even reciprocal links! Perhaps, on the surface, it might appear somewhat commercialised, but the fact is that until this week, it wasn’t even that! And it has only been so this week because of my health issues – during which time I allowed scheduled posts to take over – posts in which I had little to do.
The only other possibility is that WordPress.com are going to come knocking on every blogger’s door. Or rather, changing the locks while they’re not looking. Why? Could it be a drive to increase income? “Go Pro” or “Get our experts to do a ‘guided data transfer’” – both fiendishly expensive! I really hope that’s not the case.
I have, of course, appealed. I was ungentle, I admit. I’m afraid that, while generally not overly temperamental, when I do get angry, then “fury” is a severe understatement!
Now, in theory, I could do one of three things:
Start from scratch, using a new blog host, like (shuddering uncontrollably) blogspot – and I really don’t have the energy for that.
Purchase a domain and web hosting, install WordPress.org, and plough through, reconstructing the blog as best I can – see conclusion to 1.
- Same as 2. but also paying for WordPress.com for the privilege of recovering all my hard work!
The problem with both 2. and 3. is: cost! Quite simply I can’t afford to take up either option!
Final conclusion? I am being penalised for not having money in any significant quantity, and without any consideration for the years of loyalty I have shown to WordPress.com! And there was also no consideration on their part as to the consequences of their extremely high-handed methods!
I wonder whether this post will lead to further unhappy consequences?