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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Last Post

For everything, there is a season.

The season has changed for Shuck and Jive.

I am ending this blog.

It is funny how changes come about.  I have been blogging at "Shuck and Jive" for over six years and on the domain shuckandjive [dot] org since September 22, 2008.   I have been wanting to change the tone and focus for some time, especially since Zach's death.   I really don't feel "shuck and jivey" anymore.

I was talking about this with my office assistant, Sandra Garrett, and she noted that as it is with many decisions, sometimes they are made for you.   While on vacation visiting my parents this past week, I happened to check my blog on my mother's computer and saw that my blog was gone.   The domain had been parked at Godaddy with a price of $8,800 and I was not the owner.

At first I thought I had been hacked, especially since my blog has had increased attention thanks to Sarah Palin's comment about President Obama doing the "shuck and jive."   My blog received a lot of traffic for that! 

Finally, today, after going over my records and calling Godaddy, I have put together what happened.   For the past several years, Googleapps has contacted me via email and reminded me to update.  I have dutifully done so.  Ten bucks each year.   I was careless with it.  I only renewed when reminded.   This year I received no reminders and no notifications about renewing or its possible expiration.   None.   My contact information did not change.  Same email for the past five years.   Being preoccupied with other matters this summer, I didn't even think about it. 

I told the Godaddy flunkie over the phone that I received no notification about my blog renewal, expiration, or eventual loss and he said it isn't their fault.   They send email reminders as a courtesy but perhaps they were lost in my spam folder?  They weren't.   In either case, he told me that I let it expire and someone else owns it now, but wouldn't I like to purchase another domain?    

No thanks.

There is no way to contact Googleapps.   There is not a human being among all of that electronic hullaballoo.

There is no foul play.  But it certainly is convenient for the purchaser of shuckandjive [dot] org that for $10 or so s/he purchased a domain worth $8,800 and Godaddy and Google will receive commissions and fees on managing it.

Learn from me, dear bloggers.  If you have a domain, pay attention to it.

The money isn't the issue.  I have lost nothing.  I refused advertising and made no revenue off my blog.  I certainly had no idea what this domain was worth due to the traffic my blog has steadily received over the years.  It is however terribly inconvenient as all the links all over the web to my blog are to shuckandjive [dot] org.   The current owner will make money whenever anyone goes there.   None of those links will go to anything I have written.

I have temporarily put "Shuck and Jive" on blogspot and will keep it here until I decide what to do with it.   

In the meantime, I am retiring the phrase, "shuck and jive" as it applies to me.

And that is OK.  I don't feel quite as edgy anymore.   I would like to publish longer pieces for someone somewhere, maybe a column once per week.    I may tie it in with my radio show, Religion For Life, which you can find at www.religionforlife.me.  

I will resurrect and I will let you know where to find me!


Thanks, my friends, for your readership over the years.

It has been fun!

11 comments:

Bob said...

Alas, to all things an ending. You did an exceptional job with your blog over the years. On this, your last professed blog, I must say: well done, well done! Maybe you have said everything you needed to say in this particular format. Maybe you might consider re-examining the wealth of material you have created here and perhaps try to produce a book? Or, maybe you need more of a holiday from the material. Whatever the case, thank you for laying it all out there for us and for not being afraid to explore touchy or uncomfortable territory.

John Shuck said...

Thanks, Bob, I think that is a good way to put it: I may have said what I can in this format. I appreciate your words of support and you!

John Edward Harris said...

A loss for the blogosphere.

Joe said...

I'm going to miss your blog! Are your sermons available somewhere? I couldn't find them on FPC's website. I really enjoy reading them.

John Shuck said...

Thanks John. I will be back.

@Joe,

Click here for podcasts of sermons on the church's website.

A page for transcripts and podcasts of sermons and much more will be coming up on a new website.

Stay tuned!

Carol/Dave Slater said...

I have been searching for you since my link that I check daily also ended up at GoDaddy. I have enjoyed your comments and only once commented although I read it every morning...that was to say "Where were you when I was searching for a church and minister that I could agree with."
I will miss your comments each day until you return. I cry with you, I laugh with you, and most of all I think with you. Now in my 80th year, I find it difficult to change my daily routine. Dave

Snad said...

Dave's comments made me happy. Dave - keep an eye on our church website, www.FPCelizabethton.org for a link to whatever new blog John starts.

And thank you! We kinda like thinkin' with him, too.

rick allen said...

Glad to see you got to say a goodbye here to the cyberworld--I couldn't figure out what GODaddy had to do with anything and thought something drastic must have happened. Turns out to have been ordinary predatory behavior.

I haven't piped up these last six months--still really a stranger and all--but have kept you and your family in mind.

This blog business is a funny thing. You did certainly did achieve a readership--I've been at it rather sporadically for some years and probably have had less than ten people drop by. Not that there's anything wrong with the solliloquy. I just feel kind of like those guys I used to see preaching at the bus stop in front of the old Sanger-Harris, where, if nobody's listening, the words arguably come freer.

Vaya con Dios.

Jodie said...

Well, so, maybe it was a sign.

Yes, you have moved on. Your blogs have been thought provoking. Your defiance of the Laymanites commendable. And the irrelevance of it all in the face of your own personal tragedy is sobering.

Thank you for sharing

Jodie Gallo
Los Angeles, CA

Michael_SC said...

Thank you for your writing, and I will look forwzrd to any new blog, if and when it appears. I have especially appreciated your writing that pointed me toward modern biblical scholarship - how refreshing that is.

John Shuck said...

@Dave What a kind comment! Now you can follow me at religionforlife.com

@Rick I appreciate you and your challenge to me throughout the years. Thank you for reading. Be sure to find me at religionforlife.com

@Jodie That is exactly it. Even before Zach I felt changes in the works. It will be the same and different at religionforlife.com

@Michael Thanks for reading and commenting throughout the years.

Oh, by the way, have I mentioned that I now can be found at www.religionforlife.com : )