Some of you may be wondering what's happened to The Punishment Book and why all the old links are directing to a porn site. There's an answer. I made a dumb mistake and lost the domain.
How did I do this, you ask?
Last year I decided to move my domains from GoDaddy to another host registration because, well, there are a lot of reasons to leave GoDaddy. Among the domains I moved was The Punishment Book (which I've had since 2005 — a long time in the world of blogs). However, it seems somehow I only moved one of the PB domains (we had the .org and .net both) and the one I moved isn't the .org one, which was the one that was mapped.
Following so far?
Since I generally register the blogs for two years when I do them, I wasn't even thinking about it expiring this year. But expire it did, in January, as I found out today. In addition, the PB has been sadly neglected of late. But Dykegirl emailed the PB authors yesterday to ask what had happened to the site. I went and discovered the crappy porn redirect I mentioned above. When I went to check on the domain, I discovered it had a new owner.
A number of emails and phone calls later and what's become clear is that in January, the day the domain expired, someone else bought it. They then kept the old domain mapping active until far after the 45 day grace period during which time I could have reclaimed the domain. Sure they'll sell it back to me for a price — too high a price for a site that doesn't exist to make any sort of money — or s/he gets our old traffic. I hope they choke on it.
Right now I'm working to move the content, which fortunately hasn't been lost, to the domain punishmentbook.net. The site will be there by the end of the week is up now. Some great people out there have already volunteered to help by changing the links on their sites and I'll be busy doing my part to make the change known.
To everyone whose ever written a single comment on or about the PB and most of all to the other PB authors, both current and former, I'm sorry this happened. I'll make up for it the only way I know how, by writing more and encouraging others to write.