Overused cliches, “when it rains-it pours,” “between a rock and a hard place,” and “every cloud has a silver lining,” were born from seeds of truth that grew into expressions people pick and use as needed.
But I always thought, “if it rains-it pours … .” Who cares?
In the end, you still get wet!
How wrong I was.
The last ten days have been the most emotional days I’ve had since my dad died in February-possibly because the protective shock barrier is wearing thin or maybe because of the upcoming holiday I’m dreading so much or maybe just because … .
Then smack dab in the middle of the rain, it started pouring and I became a blogless blogger.
My old domain name was stripped and I found myself figuratively between a rock and a hard place. I could either pay Siteground-the company I had bought my domain name from-$199 or I would lose the site.
Although my domain name account at Siteground was listed as expiring in February, 2010-they pulled it, altered “my account section” information and blocked me from their site.
Pay $199 and let them get away with it=Rock
Move to a new domain, lose all of my incoming links, subscribers and loyal readers=Hard Place
The next day Siteground sent me an email that said, “It doesn’t say 2010 (in your account section) and it never did.”
I have little experience dealing with companies who outright lie to their customers but I didn’t feel like giving into their ransom was a choice I could live with …
Since I couldn’t imagine the universe conspiring against me at a time like this I searched for the silver lining.
– Should I let go of My Bella Vita?
– Should I start a new site focusing exclusively on living and traveling in Calabria?
– Should I try to merge the old My Bella Vita with a new Calabrian-focused site?
What should I do?
Twelve hours of Internet searching, a half dozen espressos and just a few temper tantrums later here I am at mybellavita.com.
In the end I just couldn’t let go of My Bella Vita and merging my personal anecdotes of Calabrese in-laws, hysterical neighbors and old Calabrian-wives’ tales with a professional Calabria travel website just didn’t seem to fit.
The silver lining I did discover, however, was the inspiration to create a new Calabria travel site that I’ll share with you in the future.
So thank you, loyal readers, for sticking with me through all of this. Please update your bookmarks and feeds to reflect the new domain name – http://mybellavita.com.
In the end, I think I’ll come out ok. But if I don’t, I’m sure there is another overused, ineffective expression out there that will fit the bill.