The reason why? My blog seems to make it onto a comment spam hit list yesterday and this morning I got a nice email from my hosting service indicating that my disk usage had noticably increased. Needless to say my poor blog had been overrun with spam last night – nice to see I’m moving up in the world.
The writeback plugin for Blosxom (the engine I’m using) is pretty dumb out-of-the-box so I just plugged it out for the moment – I’m going on holidays for two weeks and I don’t want to come back to another mess. All of this is a terrible shame as one of the most valuable things about blogging after all is public reader feedback.
Once I get back, I’ll switch the blog over to another engine, maybe Wordpress but then I’ll probably need a MySQL database. Pair Networks are great (uptime, support, advice is all fantastic) but their Advanced hosting package (the cheapest that offers MySQL database support) is a bit expensive for my needs.
If anyone has any advice to offer (esp with Irish hosting services) email me at “aehso at xlml dot com”. Thanks.