The day the hosting stopped

When I got my very first domain name in 2003 what I really wanted to do was be able to host other people. It seemed like such a cool thing to do, host someone’s site. At the time I couldn’t because the space I purchased didn’t even have cPanel and was so basic. I was disappointed, but carried on with my site hoping one day I could host others.

In 2005 when I was finally able to purchase a reseller, I was so excited to have more space and control, but I was mainly so thrilled that I could now host other people. It wasn’t until I think 2006ish that I opened a site to host people ‘officially’ that was called Tehlove. I had a huge amount of fun on the website and got a dedicated server for the first time which was so marvelous. Everything seemed to be going so well I decided to offer paid hosting. But then things kind of fell apart a bit and I couldn’t afford to pay for the server, so had to cancel it.

After getting back on my feet in 2008 I really missed hosting other people and wanted to try again. I first opened a site to host fansites and fanlistings called fanmagic. But, realising that I did want to host other sites as well decided to open a main hosting site for everyone, which was Bubble or Bubble Hosting.

Bubble was such a great achievement I am proud of. I really put my heart and soul into trying to make everyone happy, offer lots of prizes and really provide amazing space for free. Because Bubble grew to a base of over 400 members I had to once again upgrade to a dedicated server. I will admit there were times when I could have been more persistent and did become slack sometimes, however from 2008 till present day there has been a lot of stresses in my life.

After running Bubble for 4 years, in 2012 I made the decision to open a business. The business was called Klue and offered paid hosting, as well as keeping all previous members of Bubble still there for free. It was kind of a rocky road mentally and emotionally, because my grandfather passed away and trying to focus was difficult (as well as some other health issues).

I tried to run Klue, but it just didn’t work the way I planned. In January 2013 I placed it on hiatus. In June 2013 I notified the majority of members that I would no longer be offering free hosting, except to a few friends and in July 2013 I cancelled the dedicated server and migrated to a reseller account.

It was rather difficult to have to stop hosting again. I really loved sharing the space and didn’t want to give up the dedicated server because it worked so well, but the cost was just too much when I couldn’t get everything going as planned.

I guess I seem to run into bad luck with hosting when I start charging people, or asking for payment. Probably because when I do, I feel guilty about it and makes it suddenly very serious. In reality I know if you have space you have to pay and if you have a big server then you need some money towards it. I just felt silly about it.

I would love to try and host again in the future, but I don’t want to let other people down. I have tried twice in the past and had to cancel both times. Maybe if I just had an unlimited income that would be fine haha.

I am lucky to have hosted the people I did, made new friends and communicated with a whole lot of awesome people. I have learned a lot of lessons and tried my best.

Kya

Assignment 1 [TICK]

Somehow through the craziness that was creeping into my brain (see twitter post) I finished assignment one for both topics (NET102 & WEB101) I was working on. Mind you I was working until 5:30am and I can’t say the quality maintained the same level. It is my fault though and I am willing to accept the consequences for leaving it to the last minute, I am going to make sure I actually manage my time a lot better from here on out (that is the idea anyway, only future blog posts will determine the real outcome ahha).

I am finally going to see Poppy tomorrow. I felt so bad that I couldn’t see him, I thought I would have finished my work in time, but I completely misinterpreted how much I had to do. At least now I might give myself two days to feel a bit human (today counted).

Server bill is paid, haazaa. Now I have no money left. :0 Also, my room is a complete mess I can literally not walk on the floor. Eh. It started with an idea of having a good clean, that has just contributed to making everything HELLO.

Kya

Not so inspired

I am going through a period of low inspiration at the moment (which could be related to playing too much Tomb Raider Legend and Age of Mythology :0 ). I haven’t been able to create any good website designs or art. I know this is a design/creativity lull and I will pull through, it’s just annoying. :l

I brought four new domains for Bubble (moon.nu, hugs.nu, fanlist.me and hoshi.me), two are .nu extensions! One (moon.nu) was listed in the Namecheap marketplace and I just had to have it because it was beautiful and I thought would be enjoyed by members. I also had to renew some older domains and it added up to a bit, all worth it though! 3_3

I guess I should get back to doing important things *coughgamingcough*. ;)

Kya

May is art month? ;D

I seem to be inspired to make art everyday lately. Some days I feel proud of what I have made, and then other days I shudder at my lousy colouring and try to ignore it and make something better. 8) It’s keeping me busy, and stops me thinking about other things.

New Pixels:

New Icons:
View all at Stash.

I have been working like crazy on Bubble and everything is falling into place. I am getting excited!

I plan to add an online todo list to the sidebar, it may just be there when you are reading this ………. but then if you are reading this from my archives in a year, ten years it obviously won’t. ;)

Kya

I hate my melodies, they’re all the same

I was in a mood to pixel and made a cupcake. I am not 100% happy with it, but I think my shading is getting better! x:cupcakestraw:

I have been working on Bubble and I am getting things together. I mainly have to write up some content and revamp pages to make them better. It shouldn’t take tooooo long to get it finished, maybe a week? ;)

I have been sick :@ , I developed a stupid cold and I couldn’t kick it. I think I was just feeling too down and low and didn’t have the energy to fight it. I am slowly starting to feel better.

Kya

Let the shadows sing

How has life been? let me place it into point form.

  • The mouse is gone (yipee, and I did not kill it!).
  • My Nanna had a bad turn again recently so it has been stressful lately.
  • I have been cleaning the crap out of my room and getting rid of 15 years of junk.
  • I went on a book buying spree, hehe. Those are just awesome.
  • Bubble is running a competition for Halloween.
  • My computer charger died, I still haven’t brought a new one so have been stealing Mums.

I still have so many things on my to-do list. Don’t you just hate when that happens? x|

Kya

No such tears, today

I am back home again. Dad had his operation to remove the bowel Cancer and everything seems to have gone very well. He was feeling rather ill for the first four days but is finally starting to improve so that is a huge relief!

I did a little but of shopping and reading, but generally tried to just relac, sleep or talk to family that came to visit. It can be a tough time for a lot of people when a family member is sick. Plus, I also found out about something else that really complicates things, and it’s hard to know what to do. I can’t say what because I do have to respect some persons’ privacy.

I did take my camera with me, and took a few photos so I will upload them to flickr when I have the time and energy to do that.

And one last time, vote in the free hosting domain name. The poll closes on November 1st 2008, so keep on going and tell me which one you would want to be hosted under (if you needed or don’t and just pretend what would suit you if you did!).

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Kya

Use your voice and scream

As I mentioned in my previous post I would like to create a domain to host people, but I do need a name. I was a little hesitant about posting the possible names on here in case people stole them, but I would rather have the input from others and take the risk. So please vote on whichever you like, and if you needed free hosting select what you would see yourself happy with (for example; you.whatever.nu). Please, if you do like any of these names and might consider them wait until I have found something that everyone likes and you are welcome to snap up one. I have set the poll to be closed on the 1st of November. :)

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Kya

You can’t hide your soul

The site is acting weird at the moment, so I apologise to anyone that has visited and found a blank page. It really is starting to annoy me and I hope my host Surpass can help me. >:

I have a question, that I hope people may be able to help me out with. I currently host fanlistings and fanlisting collectives at Fan Magic, but I have been feeling that it would be fun to host more people (for blogs and random other things), and what is the coolest domain to host people on, well of course a .nu! But, I need a name for such a domain, so I am open to peoples suggestions because it will be about other people.

Comment with your ideas on the type of domain you would want to be hosted on. For instance something.nu, you get the drill! :) You can tell me a name, or a general direction! There are many .nu domains avaliable so I am sure a suitable name can be found.

I know I have a lot of things to do, but sometimes you get these ideas and know they would be a lot of fun, plus help others as well. I do love to host people and learnt that paid hosting was not my thing, but free hosting is just as fun without the stress and hassle of having money involved! I still care about the people I host as much as if they were paying customers. :wub:

Kya