Not only have storms been brewing on the coast with Hurricane Irene, they have also been brewing for quite a while with Website Business.com formerly located in Phoenix, AZ. I should know because they were the hosts for my site The Truckers Wife. It began this summer when paychecks quit coming regularly for assignments I had written for them. After a while I quit taking paid assignments. Who truly wants to work for free?? Not me!! Then they decided to take the publisher down for weeks on end for an upgrade. Even when the publisher finally was up and running, there were still features that could not be used and did not work. Finally they quit answering their phones altogether.
As of yesterday the truth finally came to light. They went out of business leaving many dear people who worked there on the streets and many website owners like myself up in the air as to where to go next and what to do. Many people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars and I was very fortunate to have suffered minimal loss. I feel bad for the people I dealt with that worked there. They taught me a lot and I will be forever grateful for their advice, tutelage, and friendship. I understand that they were caught up in the whole nasty business of lying to the clients to keep their positions. In this economy, jobs are hard to come by and I don’t fault them for doing what they had to do to pay their bills and feed their families. Unfortunately those who stayed and tried to help to the best of their abilities got caught up in the whole nasty business and are now as unemployed as I am.
To me, the only real loss is my website. Since I have always used their software to update the site, I can not imagine that being available to me much longer. With the company no longer in business and the owner out to screw over everyone in his path, I am left with no choice but to break away from my dear old site and start fresh. Many will file grievances and lawsuits. I fortunately have made back every dime I ever put into the website with my writing so I have little reason to get embroiled into the legal turmoil and last ditch efforts that so many others will no doubt engage in.
I have decided to create a new website on my own and continue writing. Why bother you ask?? After almost 2 years of being online creating the trucker’s wife, I have found that writing and designing has become apart of my life and I enjoy doing it. It is a great outlet. It also fans the creative embers that have always burned so brightly inside me. So in light of that, I have come to the decision that they are not going to rain on my parade. I will continue on as I have been as before here at my new home on the internet.
So the storm is raging, but there still is a light at the end of my tunnel. Through it all, I come away with many online friends from all over the world that I would never have known otherwise. I have come away with the knowledge of how to write and design a website satisfying a creative hunger that had went unsatisfied for so long. For those things, I will always be grateful to those in customer service who taught and helped me. Like the hurricane, Website Business left a path of destruction. As a phoenix, those affected by the onslaught will rise again from the ashes bigger and better than ever! Until next time when I give you another glimpse into the life of a trucker’s wife.