If you've tried to access my blog in the last few days you might have had issues. That's because Typepad experienced a massive DOS attack. Yeah, I had to look it up, too–DOS means Denial of Service. Apparently, the cyber thugs send huge amounts of traffic to a site and then ask for a ransom to make it stop. When the site pays the ransom, they do it again–and ask for more. As far as I know, Typepad was not dumb enough to pay a ransom, but they paid the price in other ways.
It started last Thursday when blogs went down. They came back up and we thought all was well. Friday morning, down again. Back up, only to go down on Saturday. This was repeated on Sunday and Monday until finally on Monday they went down for the count. I only just got my blog back today (Tuesday) around 3 PM.
I have to say, it was weird not having my blog up. After seven years of blogging, it has been one of my steadiest companions, and to have it suddenly inaccessible felt very strange. But I also knew that Typepad was doing all that it could to deal with the situation. Let me just say–I've been told for years I should migrate to WordPress and stubbornly refused. I like Typepad. They are host to some of the most beautiful blogs on the interwebs. When I started blogging, nobody had heard of WordPress. I liked Typepad then and I like Typepad now. I'm familiar with the interface, and I like the fact that if I need help I get it promptly and cheerfully. So I'm not changing.
Here's one of the cool results of this situation: I've made some fabulous new blogging friends. A bunch of us hung out on Twitter on the #typepadstatus thread and consoled each other and tweeted back and forth and that was a lot of fun. Of course, there were also the folks who demanded immediate access and to know what was going on–geez, people, entitled much? Honestly, it wasn't Typepad's fault.
So I'm back. Yay! Thanks for those of you who tweeted or emailed–I so appreciate you! I'm here for the duration and I'm not switching to WordPress, even though, as Seth Godin says, all the cool kids tell me to.
Thanks, Typepad. And thanks to you, my loyal readers for hanging in there!