I had this website www.beeuniq.com for almost two years. It was hosted by a company called Lunarpages and I paid about $250 for two years worth of hosting. I sold these things I called scübees -- scarf/tube thingys which you can wear around your neck or pull up over your head.
I sold quite a few last winter, but none through my website. This year I've already sold a bunch, but again, none through the website. So I decided that I wouldn't bother renewing my hosting with Lunarpages.
I also had my domain name www.liannescott.com registered with Lunarpages, but didn't pay for any hosting as I use it's not a website but my blog. So on November 24th, when my beeuniq.com website was cancelled, I also discovered (to my horror) my blog had ceased to exist. "We're sorry, the page you have requested cannot be found." It seems that Lunarpages doesn't offer just DNS hosting and I would have to find some other company to do this (???)
I'm a writer, not a computer wiz. I didn't even know there was such a thing as a DNS server nor that I needed someone to host anything (other than a website -- I get that, I'm not completely in the dark). I spent over a week opening service tickets with Lunarpages only to be told over and over again that I should go somewhere else. WTF -- I had just paid them another $40 so that I could use my www.liannescott.com and they couldn't help me. Many of the people I emailed back and forth with didn't even seem to know what blogger.com was.
But this story has a happy ending. I found zoneedit.com (a great free DNS server/host place) and within 48 hours had name servers (which I figured out how to change) and an alias (no, not snugglebunny) to direct my domain to blogger.com. Now all I need to do is figure out how to direct liannescott.com to my blog (without the www's) as that isn't working yet.
I am now sitting here, glass of wine in hand, remembering the good old days when I kept a little blue diary with a lock and key. It never crashed, it never booted me out, it never refused to accept my pictures and it, like my blog was just as easily found by my mom.
Ah, progress. Gotta love it.