[In case you are wondering — I’m continuing to post new stories, they appear after this one.]
When I first started this site, I never expected it to become so popular. In fact, I thought people would lose interest after the election, but instead readership has kept going up (and up!) I list total visitors in the footer of every page, and you can click on it for more detailed statistics.
Unfortunately, my hosting provider is now telling me that I have outgrown shared hosting. You might have noticed that the server on which this is running has crashed several times recently, so they may have a point.
I’m looking for alternatives.
What would be nice would be to become part of some larger content site. For example, a while ago the political humor site 23/6 became part of Huffington Post, and CQ has “Politics (Un)Seriously“. If anyone knows of a content site that wants some political humor and commentary, please let me know. I sent an email to Politico, but haven’t heard back from them — does anyone have an in with someone who works there?
If that doesn’t work out, I would need to move the blog to a service that can handle more traffic. Currently, I’m running my own copy of WordPress on a shared server, but it is a constant battle against spammers and hackers. So I’m looking at services that specialize in blogs.
One example is Google’s Blogger (also called Blogspot). I’m looking into that, but since they aren’t using WordPress, it would be quite a bit of work to move my existing content over to their system, and probably impossible to keep inbound links the same (so all those people who have links to my blog entries would have broken links). Blogger does have the advantage of being free, which would be nice since I already lose money on this blog (anyone who claims that you can make lots of money with Adsense ads is delusional — typically my daily take wouldn’t pay for a trip to Starbucks). Another problem with Blogger is that the blog name “politicalirony” (and pretty much every variant I’ve been able to think of) is already taken (sadly, mostly by blogs that have no posts in them).
If anyone can help, or has an idea I haven’t thought of, I would deeply appreciate it. I love doing this blog, but moving it to an expensive dedicated server is not an option. I would hate to have to shut it down, just because it is too popular.
Wouldn’t that be ironic?