A chatty post filling you in on what’s going on behind-the-scenes at Dream in Lace. Pipdig scandal. Redesign. The works!
Hello there and happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing long Easter weekend…whether you celebrate the religious holiday or just had some extra time for yourself and family.
The Fallout of Pipdig + Spring Blog Update
This post is one I really didn’t want to write, but as I continue to sort some things out behind-the-scenes….I thought I would give you a little spring blog update on some of the happenings around here.
If you’re a blogger like me, you’re probably highly aware of the PipDig situation. If you’re not aware — the basic gist is the company and plug-in that I used to power a lot of functions here on Dream in Lace has been blacklisted by GoDaddy and banned by WordPress. Included in the coding were some very serious security threats (for me, not you) that I won’t go in full detail on — but refer you to this post for more information.
I knew this situation was lurking about from seeing it on Twitter and reading Pipdig’s rebuttal, but really hadn’t had or taken the time to fully investigate the details because life has just been pretty hectic of late. It’s one of those months at work where multiple big projects are hitting at once and I wanted to be able to sit down, calmly and fully look into the situation before leaping to a conclusion. My goal was ironically to do that Monday of this week (yesterday) but when an email arrived on Easter morning from GoDaddy and seeing that my site wasn’t working – I sprung into action sooner.
In general, I really don’t like talking much about the “blogging industry” around here or boring you with the behind-the-scenes details. That’s after all, not what Dream in Lace is about. That’s not my brand and not something I choose to discuss – although I fully admire and respect those who do open that window to readers because it can all be pretty fascinating.
But as I continue to
struggle work things out…I wanted to hop on here and just put a post out there excusing my absence and filling you in on the situation and how I’m dealing with the fallout of the Pipdig scandal.
On Sunday, I dedicated nine hours to overhauling Dream in Lace and getting things back in working order. Two design changes later…things are mostly back on track. It’s actually kind of funny because my goal was to overhaul the whole design around here come June, but when my site wasn’t working on Easter…that timeline bumped up a bit. I knew I had to find an immediate working solution in the interim while I research and fully think through any future design changes.
Where are we now? A new design is live and functioning…mostly. And, *good news* new posts really resume Thursday. (In fact as soon as I publish this I’m heading into Lightroom to edit the photos.)
I’d Love Your Feedback
Being someone who always likes to look on the bright side…I’d like to take this opportunity to ask for your feedback. If you have any suggestions at all on how I can better improve Dream in Lace’s design I would sincerely love to hear it.
If you know of someone who does design for WordPress, I’d absolutely love those recommendations as well! My hope is to step away from the standard main content/sidebar look we’ve all seen and known across blogs. So, any suggestions you have are greatly appreciated.
Obviously you can leave a comment below — or feel free to get in touch over social media or email:
On that note, I’m going to get back to trying to sort out what I can on the backside and keep my fingers crossed all is back to normal soon! I have to say, this whole Pipdig situation has been a major headache for many many bloggers out there so I don’t at all want to throw a pity party. I for one actually feel kind of lucky in that I didn’t have my hosting wrapped up in PipDig as many others did…which I can only imagine is even more infuriating. Generally speaking, the whole situation is just very sad as the Pipdig support team has invaluable through the years and to see them take a deny, deny, deny approach and ignore their customer bases’ concerns is disheartening.
Thank you oh so much for reading! I really appreciate you taking the time to listen to me ramble on about the situation. I will continue to do everything I can to improve your experience here at Dream in Lace. Much love to all!
In the meantime, head over to my most recent post where I fill you in on my Affordable Anti-Aging Skincare routine. It’s a big one!!
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