We were down most of Saturday because of a power outage at the Amazon Cloud data center where Left in Alabama is actually hosted. This e-storm, which also took down Netflix, Pinterest, Instagram and others, in addition to the entire Soapblox network, was caused by an honest to gosh hurricane-like storm in Virginia.
People who live in the clouds should beware of storms, I guess.
Concern over just this sort of outage is part of the reason I'm still clinging to my old-style, hold it in your hand, read-it-even-when-the-internet-is-down, paper books.
Many thanks to all of you who have emailed or messaged us via facebook to express concern while the site was down. We're sorry for the inconvenience, but it's awfully nice to know so many people care. FYI, we did not choose to have this blog reside on the Cloud and are definitely going to be exploring other options for reliable hosting.
In fact, we're thinking of making some significant changes to the look and functionality of LiA. If there's anything you want to see added/deleted/changed, now is a good time to let us know about it. For once, pet peeves are welcome.