Friday, 6 October 2017

An explanation for our absence ..

Even by my lackadaisical standards it is a very long time since I have written a blog post. However, on this occasion it was actually circumstances beyond my control and not lack of time or utter laziness.

Each year I have to pay for my domain name, and usually it is paid automatically by debit card whose details Google have. This year I did not give a thought to the fact that the bank had issued me a new card, therefore the payment did not go through. Sounds simple you would think to replace the card details - wrong!

The fact is I am a writer and not an IT whizz, so in my ignorance I was unable to get at the workings of my blog to amend it. I wasted hours of my life trying to do this simple task. Google now needs a password to the admin account to allow me access. All very well if I knew this 'secret' password which I had never been given. So it seemed to me that the obvious thing would be to find an email address and write to Google. Googles reply was an automated letter extolling the virtues of G-suite. I replied saying that I really hoped this was not the reply to my email, as firstly it was totally irrelevant and secondly they may just as well have written to me in Japanese for the help it was to a computer moron. Obviously it was though as I never heard any more from them.

I spent three weeks in England earlier this year and by the time I returned the 90 days for renewal was past and my blog name was apparently now somewhere in cyber space up for grabs by any takers, prepared to pay for the domain name. So I contacted the company Google said had it and asked them how I could get it back. I wrote in May and heard back from them in mid August telling me that a different company was now the registrar.

Before I even get a chance to contact them we discovered that somebody has bought it and is using it as a lead to what looks like may be a fake clothing site. Obviously using the traffic my blog generates to gain more hits on their site.

So long story short as you must all be losing the will to live reading this, with the help of my step son Paul who has just been out to stay, and is an IT guy by trade, we now have complained to the company that produces the genuine clothes about this site, also to the domain registry and in the meantime have purchased a second name of fethiyefogies.co.uk as opposed to .com. and transferred all the original posts to that.

So please accept my apologies for being such a dork in the first place, and although links to any new blog posts will be correct on our Facebook page, it will take time to replace the old links listed so please bear with me. If you wish to find an older post in the meantime you will find it either by date or by title on the blogs homepage under blog archive.

Phew! So here we are back on line and I must say that when Paul finally managed to sort this muddle and showed me the Fethiyefogies blog back, complete with all it's posts, I cried! It was like seeing an old friend again after a long time.

But one good thing to come out of it is that all of this has made me realise that I do want to continue writing it, and I look forward to being able to share our lives in Turkey with you all again.


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