As many of you know who were kind enough to message me, this blog was inaccessible for a couple of days this week. This was due not to any fault of Blogger, the free platform I use to make this blog, but due to technical errors by Enom, which is the domain register I use.
Luckily as you can see, the domain is back up, and no posts or data were lost from this blog. But the whole incident got me thinking - what about the next time? Could it have been worse?
True, I can and do occasionally update the contents of this blog, but not having control of the situation caused by Enom and waiting it out in the hopes that, as the "world's largest" the domain registry they would HAVE to solve the problem eventually - I dislike being put into that situation, to say the least.
And, as it stands, right now I am basically at the mercy of Google (Blogger) and Enom to ensure this blog maintains its content and is accessible to everyone.
So this got me thinking - are there other ways to maintain this blog, to make its contents and accessibility more secure?
I am still doing my research and will soon likely talk to people who do websites/blogs as a business to get their input.
But it occurs to me that, if I want more security, it may cost money. And if it costs money - not just the annual fee I pay to Enom - whether to have a professional company host the site, etc. - I may need to monetize this blog in some form.
I am not a fan of the "click to buy a product I talk about" (Amazon?) so I think that means a subscription model? Of course this would not be for my posts, but for new features I would have to offer in addition to my posts - an easy example would be English translations of articles about the R33 written in Japanese, for example, that only subscribers could read. Or maybe special events or intros /live Q&A sessions when I drop into Nismo Omori Factory, or Mine's, or whatever tuner I am visiting. Just some random ideas....
But what do YOU guys think?
Please post your comments below so we can start some ideas flowing.
Thanks, and as always I very much appreciate your readership of this blog!
PS I already have a couple more posts coming very soon! Check back often!