The big news for me this past week is that I had to move my website, which turned into quite an intensive project because I'd neglected it for a while. The forced move was a good kick in the pants to get me to upgrade and redo the thing, which I should have done years back but hadn't found the time. So for the past seven days I've spent a lot of time swearing at WordPress and fiddling with settings and hacking around in my ancient copy of Photoshop. Like you do. I'm glad I had the time, although now I'm behind on a couple of freelance projects, but that's how it goes.
You may be asking, why was this a forced move?
My previous webhost was SFF Net, which I joined back in the late 90s because all the cool science fiction and fantasy authors were there. It's a nice place run by nice people.
But on January 18th, one of their primary admins Jeffry Dwight posted this message:
Dear SFF Netters,
We are sad to announce that, after 20 years, SFF Net is going offline. Although
the reasons are prosaic (increasing costs, diminishing revenue), our deep regret
is that we will be unable to continue serving our loyal friends. SFF Net has,
at the core, been about online friendships, shared interests, and shared lives.
We deeply appreciate each of you who've joined us (and stuck with us) over the
We will be taking services offline on March 31, 2017.
This was, of course, a surprise. Many SFF Net users reacted with shock and concern, and Dwight followed up a few days later to explain the reasons behind the shutdown:
Yes, this is partly related to my health (specifically the loss of
half my eyesight in 2014), which has shifted more of the SFF Net support
to Steve. The problem this causes is that I really need him to be working
on Greyware stuff full-time. If you recall, Greyware has been paying much
of SFF Net's expenses over the years, and Steve and I have just done SFF
Net without pay.
Greyware is moving from my server room to the cloud soon. Right now, SFF
Net occupies 95% of Greyware's storage, and over 75% of its bandwidth.
Greyware can't continue to give that away when it moves offsite: It's
not only infeasible, but the accountant says it's not allowed.
Apparently it's one thing to mooch off intangibles, but not off
things that have direct costs. The server room itself will
In case I wasn't clear above, we're okay. Don't worry about us.
Yes, this is emotional for me. I've put this day off as long as
possible. I have loved knowing all of you for all these years.
I figured I'd take the radical tactic of not waiting until the last minute to get moved. Success! The shutdown of SFF Net is familiar to many of us who work with small presses: any company that's dependent on one or two key staff members with no replacement plan in place is vulnerable to sudden shutdowns. I knew SFF Net was not a large company, but I didn't realize it was just Steve and Jeffry pretty much all the way down the line because they were always highly responsive to technical concerns.
This shutdown affects E2 since I did a search and saw that several writeups cite pages that were/are on SFF Net servers ... this is my call for someone who's an active editor to take a look and make corrections as needed. I think I've fixed everything I have control over.
ETA: Lord Brawl is on the case!