I just found out today that this blog, SpontaneiTea, has been down. Signing onto Tea Trade, I found that the problem lies in the theme that I had selected, cutline. Cutline has been discontinued. According to my Google Analytics data, it looks like my blog was down since some time on November 23rd, making it down for more than a full week.
This is somewhat distressing to me. Not only have I lost the traffic and views for the entire week, but I’m now concerned that I may lose subsequent search traffic from having such a prolonged outage. We’ll see how quickly my search traffic recovers.
I’ve fixed the issue by switching to a new theme, but I’m a little discouraged from using this blogging platform, following this serious outage.
I would have strongly preferred, if my blog’s theme were to be discontinued, for some other default theme to be selected. Having my blog go down without any notice is distressing to me, as it causes me a loss than has some negative implications for my business too.
The positive news is that I selected a theme that I like more, and that I think better reflects the name (and nature) of this blog. Now if only I didn’t get an error when I tried to customize the theme on the theme page. I still can’t figure out how to make the main page of the blog not have an empty title tag. Again, little things that make me slightly annoyed with this site as a blogging platform!