I've been blogging for almost ten years now. I was planning to have some sort of celebration next June. Now I don't know if I will. Back in 2008, blogging was easy. I signed up at Blogger, and away I went. Then I decided that I wanted my own domain name so people could find my blog easier. That was a mere $10 a year. Nowhere close to breaking the bank.
First, it was Photobucket holding large sections of my blog graphics hostage. Instead of doing what they'd been doing for free year after year, they now wanted $400 per year to do it. I tried several free places, but I could not get the coding to work on my blog, so I ponied up the $400 and chalked it up as an early annual Christmas present to myself.
Now Google has informed me that, if I don't have a security certificate, every time someone who uses Chrome as a browser is going to get some sort of "Danger, Will Robinson!" warning when they visit Kittling: Books. Used to be, hardly anyone used Chrome as a browser. Now well over 50% of folks use it. That's a lot of people getting warnings when they land on my blog. Started doing my research, and... cost of a security certificate: $400 per year. (Who decided upon $400 as the go-to gouge figure?)
I'm being held over a barrel again, and I am angry. I'm also heartsick because, if I now have to budget for these two annual fees, I know that there are going to be others. It would be different if I had a hugely popular blog that received tens of thousands of hits per day, but I don't. It would be different if I received some sort of income from Kittling: Books, but I don't. This is a labor of love, plain and simple. I'm being forced to make a decision. Do I want to keep on blogging with the ever-rising costs of it? Yes, I do, but... I'd also like to have money for other things in my life that I enjoy.
I'm going to mosey out to the corral, and get these links ready for you. I need to do some pondering and soul-searching.
Head 'em up! Mooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- How French cuisine took over the world (and the early cookbook industry).
- The art Monet owned. (One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen is one of Monet's water lily paintings.)
- The transformation of the American shopping mall.
- The damage from Hurricane Irma can be seen from space.
- The roots of computer code lie in telegraph code. Makes sense when you think about it.
- Before she was an etiquette authority, Emily Post was a road warrior.
- Kayla Rae Whitaker writes about hanging out with Pennywise and her grandmother's ghost.
- Balzac tried to buy a waistcoat for every day of the year (and other revelations of Parisian fashion).
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- A massive tomb holding treasure and a mysterious 3,400-year-old body has been uncovered in Greece.
- A "fake" Tom Roberts painting which was purchased for $10,000 could sell for $400,000 after the BBC's Fake or Fortune program reveals that it's genuine.
- A 3,500-year-old tomb has been discovered in Egypt. Here's another article about it from the Smithsonian.
- THe DNA test on a Viking skeleton has proven historians wrong. Here's another article on the subject from the Smithsonian. The historians were very wrong!
- An archaeologist says he has found the actual Mountain Meadows Massacre gravesite, and it's not on LDS-owned land.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Oysters can get herpes, and it's killing them.
- To save Australia's ecosystem, ecologists say eat kangaroos.
- Hemingway's six-toed cats rode out Hurricane Irma in Key West, Florida.
- When disaster strikes, the zoo must go on.
►I ♥ Lists◄
- The second novels of six great crime writers.
- Top ten secrets in fiction.
- Eleven writing lessons from George R.R. Martin.
- Fifteen surprising facts about Outlander.
- The classes twenty-five famous writers teach.
- Ten books that were written on a bet.
- Top ten books about teaching.
- Ten of the best travel books.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!