Tuesday, July 13, 2010

What happened to the Blest Atheist (blog, that is)?

I got caught by surprise by Google's lack of tech support and trickery in domain registration. I decided that since it was about time that Blest Atheist had a name change, given that it now has been four years since my conversion, the timing was right not to go along with the Google-GoDaddy scheme for moving registration to GoDaddy at nine times the original cost. Others have screamed about being held hostage in order to get their website back. I don't like being held hostage and found a way around that. I could have retained the blog title but not the URL, so it seemed fitting to change both.

I will, over time, move all the BA posts here. There are nearly 300 posts, so that will take some time. Please be patient as I work on it. Unfortunately, I cannot access the comments.

I apologize for any inconvenience that causes or has caused readers and followers of Blest Atheist. I thank all those who have followed Blest Atheist and will contact each individually with this information.

38 comments:

  1. I suppose that's one way to make a change... be forced into it! I hope that the change will prove to be a blessing. Glad I could help a bit in alerting you to the problem.
    Fran

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  2. Good morning Elizabeth
    Thanks for the heads up. Now I will be folowing 100th Lamb. God bless you and keep on blogging!

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  3. I too will now be following 100th Lamb! Thanks for letting me know.

    You are an inspiration.

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  4. I had just emailed you to ask you where you were, but was led here through a recent comment you left at Karinann's! I'll change my link! Wishing you much happiness in your new home here!

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  5. John and Gabrielle, thank you so much!

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  6. It's a pleasure to walk with you in the strait way through the narrow gate. Thanks for letting me know about the move. For me, the good thing about moving all your posts is that I'll find some I've missed! I've already changed my link and will be back after my cataract surgery this week.

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  7. I'm honored to be a part of your herd. I love the new name. And thanks for letting me know about the change. I'm following along. God bless. Bobbi

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  8. Karen, glad you like the name. it seems more appropriate to my life now than Blest Atheist, which is quickly becoming something of the past.

    Oh, Grammy Blick, good luck on your cataract surgery. I will be praying that it will be as quick and easy as doctors like to advertise!

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  9. Thanks for joining the herd, Bobbi!

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  10. I like the new name and the pictures! Sorry you had so much trouble in making the changes.

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  11. Thanks for the notification. Looking forward to following you here in addition to your other blogs. :-)

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  12. Kam, Anne, Cheri, thanks for making the transition with me.

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  13. I like the name. Thanks for letting me know. May God bless you. I will be following you here now.

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  14. Glad you like the name, Matt, and glad you found your way here! Have a happy weekend.

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  15. Hi Elizabeth: I was wondering why I kept getting "Blest Interiors" instead of Blest Atheist...okay I found you now. Love the header, I posted about lambs not too long ago. Watching sheep and lambs is one of my favorite pastimes!

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  16. Hi Lori,

    Glad you found your way over here. My little saga would have been frustrating, but I gave up frustration for Lent, so it actuality is has been merely time-consuming. It will take some time before I am able to reach previous followers - those I know, anyway, because they follow publicly. Those following through feeds are a different story. I don't know how to let them know. I'll go look at your lamb story!

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  17. Hi Elizabeth,

    When I first received the error message, I immediately thought that your server was down. I assumed that this was a technical issue that would be resolved shortly. Later on when I found myself at a completely different site, I recognized what had happened.

    I did think of contacting you when I initially discovered the problem, but I felt uncomfortable contacting you since you don't know me; I convinced myself that you probably already knew of the problem and would get the matter taken care of.

    Thanks for letting me know Elizabeth. I find myself asking just when or if I would have reached out to you to offer assistance. I would ask your forgiveness for walking on the other side of the road.

    I think one of the technical issues one faces with web-hosting is the ability to generate reports or tasks that easily answer questions like, list my followers from all sources, and send an alert email notification to those listed followers.

    Fortunately for you, 100th Lamb was your ram caught in the thicket. Now that I think about it, I am the fortunate one as well because I am once again linked with a sister in Christ.

    Blessings and peace.

    MTJ

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  18. What a kind comment, MTJ. I am very happy that we found each other again. That has not been the case in all instances. I cannot reach followers by feed, and some of the followers whose name (and nothing else) I do know do not have blogs where I can reach them. So, I guess re-connecting with these folks will depend on God's intervention and on whether or not we still need each other. Blessings to you!

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  19. Thanks, Jane. Glad we got reconnected.

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  20. Thanks for letting me know about the new site.

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  21. Thanks for the information. I shall now follow the Lamb.

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  22. Way to go! Glad you took control and found your way around their "hostage" tactics. I'm following you :-)

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  23. Thanks for the following. I'm a New Englander - hard to hold us hostage. (NH motto: "Live free or die" - pretty serious stuff.)

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  24. Happy to have found my way to your new blog and I do like the new name. I am following so I will not lose you. I hope to be back to my blog in a couple of weeks. My husband has three major doctor appintments then I can relax. July has been a crazy month but God has been blessing us.Dee

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  25. I will add your husband to my prayers, Dee. I am glad you found your way here.

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  26. Change is a good thing my friend. Especially when it is laid upon your heart by God. I look forward to reading your new blog. God bless you.

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  27. Thanks, Valerie. I always enjoy your blog.

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  28. I love the new blog. The name is too cool!
    It is a refreshing uplifting thought of your turning now into the lighter atmosphere

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  29. Thanks, Donetta. Sometimes these kinds of frustrations result in something that is good that we would not otherwise have done. Have a blessed Sunday.

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  30. I am a new follower from Spiritual Sundays, so this name change is news to me. I really LIKE your new name -100th Lamb. It is beautiful, and reminds me of Jesus leaving the 99 lambs behind to find the little lost lamb. I hope you are blessed at your new site :)

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  31. Welcome, Patti, and thanks! I am glad you like the name of the blog.

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