I have been running this blog for a few years now and I am sure my experiences have not been substantially different than anyone who tries to keep a website running on a rented web server without any serious web administration training or experience. Much of what happens in the background of this site is black magic to me and when something goes wrong, too often I am afraid, it is presumed to be my fault and no matter how hard I work to remedy it, I usually end up calling in to the web provider and begging for a hand. Once they have bailed me out, I vow to get on top of it a little more and then almost immediately assume everything will be fine.
Which brings me to my latest bag of worms. There are a bunch of people out there that are spending all of their waking hours, with bots probably all of their hours, trying to get into everyone’s websites. If you have a common format, such as wordpress, these electronic banditos concentrate their efforts on you because, statistically, there are more of you that might screw up and leave the door open. If you are one whose door is closed, even locked and bolted…twice, you may not get invaded but you still will have these idiots beating at your door. Often with the aid of thousands of commandeered computers that don’t even know they are helping. As a result the web provider might have to raise the drawbridge to shut down access to your site. Frustrating to say the least and maddening along with it.
This has been effecting me for awhile now and I haven’t yet come up with a solution that I like. If you are registered with the site and find yourself locked out periodically please don’t give up. It is usually temporary and hopefully will go away before long. I am working on a couple of things and will continue to do so but it all boils down to my basic lack of experience in these matters. In the meantime you should be able to get into the site OK, just won’t be able to log in as a registered user. The only good that might come of this is to let me see if the comment spam goes down at all.
Thanks for your patience.