I’ve received a few questions via Twitter and email about what happened to the old blog. Well it went like this. I had a few servers I was trying to reduce to a single server. Many of the uses of the old servers weren’t relevant anymore and it seemed silly to keep paying for co-location.1
Before doing anything I dutifully made backups of all my data including my various blogs that had collected from over the past 10 years or so.2 Unfortunately what I neglected to do was try to restore the blog on the new host before canceling the old servers. In context this made a lot of sense. Blogging is a hobby I do in spare moments. The servers were tied to various companies and getting those issues resolved was the real focus of the procedure. Blogging was just a low priority side note.
- Yes, these servers were that old from before all the wonderful new virtual server offerings. I’ve combined all my servers on Bluehost for 1/20th of the cost. (Admittedly I don’t need full Linux access anymore, so that helps). These days if I were going to write code I’d almost certainly use a combination of Azure, AWS and a few other such services. Ten years ago that was less of an option. ↩
- Including one from around 2002 that was hand written using a CGI based Python script to do the comments and posting. Static blogging before static blogging was cool. ↩