Something really embarrassing happened. Last month I had a 200-300% spike in subscriptions.
“Oh, cool. More readers. I hope they don’t get bored.”
Then my host shut my email service down. Most of these new “subscribers” were actually fake emails from spam bots. I do something called “double opt-in” where I confirm you really want to subscribe several times…this requires sending a confirmation email, and fake emails will trigger a “complaint.” After thousands of complaints about me sending emails to fake addresses, my host shut me down for suspicious activity.
This is why you haven’t seen any updates for a while. I also couldn’t send an email explaining why I wasn’t sending emails.
ITS ALL FIXED NOW. I’ve added a simple brute force check to my silly website and a CAPTCHA. It appears to be working.
Sorry everyone! We’ll be returning to my usual boring life.
Here’s what you missed, as instagram photos: