JimbosJourneys Disappearance

Where did your blog go?

I got an email from Sara of My Travels fame wondering where my blog went?  I didn’t even know it was missing.  I had published a post yesterday and it was still there last night when I checked my comments.  However I tried it this morning and sure enough it was missing, kaput, adios.

I have my own domain name registered for jimbosjourneys.  In fact I am a reseller of domain names and I was one of my own accounts.  How could I possibly lose control of my own domain name.

I remember getting an email from Enom.  They are a large seller of domain names and hosting services who I am a reseller for.  They had mentioned that the credit card on hand with them had expired and I would have to update it.  I went ahead and did that, but sure as shooting my domain name expired yesterday and was long gone from the Internet.

I went into my account and realized I had to add money to my account in order for them to renew my domain name.  I know it sounds complicated but it is something I normally have to do once a year for my own domain names.

Then when I got the email from Sara I realized what happened.  I went into my Enom Reseller account and took care of business.  To be sure I don’t have to do this every year I renewed it for 5 years.

Domain Names

I use WordPress to publish my blog.  I used to use Blogger but switched over to WordPress many years ago.  They are both very good and and each has their own unique features.  I think a lot of it is what you feel more comfortable using.

My link to my WordPress account is jimmelvin.wordpress.com which takes you to my blog.  I liked my name jimbosjourneys.com and checked to see if that domain name had been taken.  It hadn’t so I grabbed it several years ago.  Now I can tell everyone to just go to jimbosjourneys.com instead of the long drawn out WordPress link.  I also found that people could remember my new name much easier then the old WordPress name

Once I bought the domain name I was able to link it to my WordPress account and that is how it remained until this morning.

If any of you are interested I can tell you how to do this and make your blog a bit more professional looking.  Just let me know.

By the way Enom takes care of all the billing for me so I can’t make the same mistake on a customers domain name.  I guess I need to pay closer attention to my email.

Was it missing when you checked it?

Many of you might not have even noticed it as it was only unlinked for a few hours this morning.  Now if I can only remember to do this 5 yrears from now when it has to be renewed!  HA!

Always fun meeting bloggers

Invited for dinner

I was invited for dinner by Sandie of Where are the Dixons fame.  I met both Sandie and Jim several years ago in Quartzsite and she always writes nice comments on my blog.  They spend their winters in Apache Junction, AZ and their summers on the road or in their home state of Montana.  They are always such fun people.  So I jumped at the chance to see them before they left the area.  I drove to Apache Junction, AZ and we had dinner at Superstition Skies.

More famous bloggers

I also met Rod  of Retired Rod fame.  We had some great conversation and then he mentioned a blog post he wrote that went viral.  In case you haven’t read about his experience with his Roomba and the dog poo you should check it out here.  It is a hilarious post and will keep you in stitches.  Rod is a very funny guy and I have added his blog to my list of “must reads”.

Then I met Diana of Life on the Open Road fame.  I started reading her blog a couple of years before I even started RVing and it is still on my “must read” list.  I have always gotten a lot of enjoyment out of her posts as they are usually sort and sweet and have many pics.  Lots of good information.

It is really neat when you meet up with the people whose blogs you read and enjoy.  Some people like Diana were my mentors even though they didn’t know it.  I got lots of great information and encouragement to realize that the fulltime RV lifestyle was the one for me.

Great Dinner

We all had a great dinner.  Several of us ordered the “all you can eat” chicken wings and legs. We all kept going back for more.  They also had a group that played a wide variety of music.  It was a great time and I was so glad I went.  Here is a pic of our table.  Left to right, Rod, Phil, Phil’s friend (sorry I didn’t get his name), Diana, Sandie and Jim.

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Thanks Sandie for inviting me.  It was so much fun.