Every year we hit a post-holiday lull in our writing, but THIS year everything came to a screeching halt on December 6. We were hacked. Someone (cough! cough!) fell behind on the WordPress updates, and hackers inserted code to harvest Bitcoin through our visitors. Fortunately, our host quarantined the infected pages. Unfortunately, all you saw was a blank white screen with two lines of gibberish as a result.
I had no idea what to do and was already overwhelmed with another life event. The Saturday after Thanksgiving, as we said goodbye to my family in Orlando, we learned that my mother-in-law in Fort Lauderdale had had a massive stroke. So instead of returning to New York City, we found ourselves rushing to the ICU where we spent a week on an emotional roller coaster. Incredibly, Mr. Campbell’s mother is showing signs of improvement, but he and his sisters face difficult decisions about her care.
In the past, I’ve learned to trust that inspiration will hit again and we’ll keep going, but this time I wondered if it was time to let go of Hourglassy.
Then three things happened:
1. Leah told me she had a post ready to publish.
2. Someone who’s never commented on Hourglassy DM’d me on Facebook: “I love your Hourglassy website! I check in for new posts regularly, but all I get recently is an error message. Is Hourglassy gone? I sure hope not!”
3. Vania Benavides from VAB Media cleaned up the code and is getting us running again.
The silver lining is that we are FINALLY mobile-friendly. It was positively painful to read Hourglassy on a smartphone before this.
It’ll take a while to get the new theme where we want it to be, but isn’t this a LOT better than two lines of gibberish?
All kinds of things went through my head. A hack was one. I’m glad you’re back! Lots of us read even if we don’t regularly post.
Thanks, T! I’m the same way with the blogs I read–I intereact in my head but rarely post comments. What OTHER things went through your head, I wonder?
I am another subscriber who absolutely LOVES your blog HOURGLASSY. I’m so happy to see you back. Sorry for your troubles. Sometimes a break or pause for whatever reason (sorry yours were so difficult) is a good thing. Sometimes it’s an opportunity to remind ourselves why we do what we do. Please know you are SO appreciated. What a Godsend to find your blog a while back. Yes, there are other women like me and here’s this wonderful, clever woman who is showing us alternatives to a top/dress that fits us without the rest of it bagging all over our bodies. I look forward to all your offerings and appreciate you more than you know. Thanks!!!
Thank you, Mary Ellen!!! You’re right. Time away helped clarify why we write Hourglassy, and you hit the nail on the head with “there are other women like me”.
So glad that you are back. Us big busted ladies need you!
Thanks, Suzy! There’s so much that we want to do to inspire and help our readers and so little time.
I’m glad Hourglassy is back up and running!
I’m a regular reader and love the blog! I am so glad you’re back. Sorry you were hacked and hope things improve with Mr. Campbell’s mother’s situation. Hang in there!
Thanks, Miss Dell!
I’m so glad you are back. I love the blog! You have given me so many ideas and have been just as supportive as the bras you ‘review. Please keep doing all of it!
Thank you, Stef–I love the idea of being as supportive as the bras we review!
I’m so glad you’re back!
Thanks, Jenn! Haven’t written anything since this post, but I promise things are happening behind the scenes that will be posted soon
I’m sorry to hear about your family. I had a similar experience two years ago with my husband, and it’s stressful and draining. I’m glad to hear she’s showing signs of recovery, and I wish you all strength in making those difficult decisions.
On the other hand, I’m glad that you’re getting feedback about what the work you do means to your audience. Sometimes blogging can feel like talking into a void, even if you’re giving people valuable information and insight that doesn’t really exist, as far as I can tell, in any other place on the internet.
I’m sorry about your own in-law experience, but it means a lot that you understand. And you’re right–feedback makes SUCH a difference!
As another regular reader who’s glad you’re back, I love your streamlined new look!
Wishing you, Mr. C. and his sisters much strength as you all make decisions around your mother-in-law’s health.
Thank you, Sarah. And I’m so glad you like the new look.
So sorry to hear about your husband’s mother! Hope you know we live and die trying to find well fitting bras and tops/dresses. I can’t seem to find the dresses, but that’s probably cause I’m only 5’1″
Please don’t quit this endeavor, we really need you!
Where else to share? I’ll volunteer to write a post if you’re really stuck for one! I’m a doctor and artist as you can see if you happen to check out my “blog.” Mines woefully out of date, but doesn’t have a purpose or a following. Yours definitely does!
Thanks, Kanchan! As we plan for the rest of 2018, I’d really like to be more intentional about getting volunteer writers on board. Leah and I have never claimed to be the be-all-and-end-all on all things busty, and there are SO many other perspectives that could help our readers.