The Site is Functioning Again — I Think

I‘m popping back in here to say that I think the blog and site is functioning normally once again. When I first contacted the host yesterday, I was told it was a widespread problem. When the problem didn’t get any better, they called me back and said that the problem was specifically with a high volume of database activity on this site. Since I hadn’t changed anything I wasn’t certain what would cause that problem (other than a possible DDOS attack). In any case, I futzed around with disabling various plug-ins. Nothing seemed to work and I grew pretty frustrated (ready to give up entirely).

This morning, with a somewhat cooler head, I enabled some caching of the site and for now, at least, that seems to have made it more responsive. I’ll continue to monitor it and make improvements where I can. I’m still curious as to what would have caused the high activity in the first place–or if that was really out of the ordinary. When I look at the processes on the server now I see far, far fewer, so something has improved.

I’m not sure what, if any, side-effects the caching might have, so if you see something weird, it could be related to that.

I want to apologize to everyone for this outage. I know it can be frustrating, and for it to happen when I am supposed to be away from the Internet made the response to get it fixed a little longer than I would have liked.  I’ll try to do better in the future.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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