Blog back from vacation

My blog just took an unscheduled vacation.

I didn’t give it vacation time – and it did not fill out the compulsory paperwork for such time off – it just walked out while still on the clock. Didn’t even bother to say when it would be back or cite where that clause was in its union contract to just up and leave like that.

Chalk it up to problems with my Web hosting provider, IPowerWeb. They insist the problem is on my end when I call their tech support. I tell them it keeps happening and they say it’s something wrong with my WordPress installation.

I suggest that it’s a problem with their link between my blog and the Php database. Why? Because this is the second time it just crapped out on me in two months and there just ain’t too many other explanations. They tell me that would be, well, not in their tech support handbook (i.e. “Uh, well, that’s about all I can tell you about the issue you’re having.”). Welcome to $5-a-month hosting. It still blows, but I knew what I was getting into when I signed up for the cheap crap. Any suggestions for cheap Web hosting that isn’t blowing up all the time, anyone?

Regardless of what the issue might have actually been, the site magically re-appeared sometime this morning. I’m happy it’s back, ‘cuz I was just about to spend the better part of my afternoon asking the oracle what to do about it. Now I don’t have to. So, off to write blog posts. There’s lots to talk about. Thanks for coming back and your patience. It’s good to be in service again.

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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