The WordPress New Year Surprise!

Hi Everyone!

This is my first blog post for 2014 and this one is going to be a little different :)

I was really busy as the new year began and renewing this website completely slipped my mind, despite the fact that I had set reminder alarms at 1-week, 3-days and 1-day prior to expiration. About a week after expiration I realized the site had expired! Since I don’t use a credit card (let’s not discuss my reservations here! lol), I asked my ever-so-helpful boss if he could renew the site for me. After attempting to pay several times, he told me the site kept giving him an error message every time. So the next day while in office, I asked 2 colleagues to help me make the payment with 2 different credit cards and the site kept giving me an error message that I’m trying to make a payment from an unsupported country!

I was completely distressed and asked a few others who came back with the same issue. With no where else to turn, I resorted to WordPress support and raised a private ticket on the issue. They replied and we conversed back and forth a few days with no clear solution. Then today, I saw the site had been renewed. The funny thing was that no one I knew were able to make a payment. Curious, I checked the support message thread and saw a reply from the WordPress staff member I was corresponding with, that they had not only paid the $18 site renewal fee but also the $80 redemption penalty – because they knew I had been having difficulty to make the transaction and during which the website had already gone into redemption. So they’ve decided to save it for me!

I’m still in complete surprise and almost in tears with happiness! And decided to dedicate my first blog post for 2014 to WordPress. Thank you guys! Your support rocks!! <3

Everybody’s looking for Bloggers!

Who ever said blogging is dead? Just today, three different parties were looking for bloggers, Two friends of mine – one of them being @Isura and a company I freelance social media work – @CMBevents were looking for bloggers via Twitter. So why is this keen interest over bloggers? Blogs and blogging have become quite popular in Sri Lanka. Over here, most “non personal” blogs range from news blogs to gossip blogs to technology to education.

Looking for ‘Regular’ Bloggers

Couple of hours into work at office this morning, my Facebook chat popped up and a friend said that he’s looking for regular bloggers. “Regular” as in updated at least once a week. He did mention there’s a good opportunity for anyone who would.. But I can’t tell you what that is right now ;) So I sent out a tweet and got some links. Here are a few interesting blogs that I came across over Twitter. Continue reading