I’m sure few of you noticed, but for a short period of time yesterday, this blog was gone. What happened? Well, I’m not sure, but in attempting to upgrade WordPress, something broke. I’m not going to lie, it’s quite possibly a PBCAK. I’m always good about downloading backups before I upgrade, in case of disaster such as this, but even with trying to reinstall from backup, things just were not working.
As a last chance effort, I decided to e-mail my hosting provider. After all, they do backups, so maybe they could restore from the previous day. I submitted a ticket at 11:25 on Sunday morning, and by 11:47, I had a message back saying that they had restored my site from the previous day’s backup.
Now that’s service. So thank you, Verve Hosting. Thank you so very much.
I always recommend Verve Hosting to people looking for a place to host a new blog. Their prices may not be the least expensive, but they’re still quite cheap, and as you can see, the service is amazing. Less than 25 minutes for them to completely fix my problem! And on a Sunday! For those of you looking to host a blog, they offer Fantastico WordPress installation, so it’s idiot proof. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking – how did I break it then? It has to do with me not knowing what I was doing way back when and moving some files, so now I can no longer use Fantastico and have to upgrade manually. I have another blog that I upgrade Fantastico style, and it’s awesome.)
So this is my promo post to support and thank my host. No, I don’t get any kickbacks for recommending them, I’m just that happy with their service. I’ve had sites with them since 2003, and I have never had any complaints. None. That’s great service.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.