Dear loyal blog followers,
I sincerely hope you are reading this post.
Such a concern has never plagued me before. Of course, like any proud blogger, I checked my stats and fretted when my page views on a post were low. But I always knew if you wanted to read a post, you could. If my followers wanted to stay apprised on what I had been reading, they simply had to visit www.ChickLitTeens.com, and there it would all be.
Sadly, today it came to my attention that this is no longer the case. About three months ago, I began receiving notifications that my domain would be expiring, and I needed to renew it. I sent the emails to my mother (who was across the country in California), we discussed renewal...and then failed to communicate who would actually take the steps to renew the domain. A few weeks ago, I received a notice, while at work, that my domain had expired. I panicked, and quickly made a note to renew the domain as soon as possible.
But, as always, time got away from me. I forgot to renew my domain after work, and then forgot the next morning, and then the email got buried in my ever-full inbox.
Today, someone kindly tweeted that there was some unorthodox posts on the website. Panicking, I assumed I had been hacked, and promptly ran to Blogger. But no, everything was in order. No new posts. It was then I realized what was happening: someone had purchased the domain I had owned for the past four years.
This was a saddening realization. I had let you all down. The domain I had proudly promoted for four years was gone.
Now, I needed to find a way to communicate to the thousands who read my blog that, though the domain was the same, the posts were most certainly not mine. I knew I could not reach you all, and that made me both sad and sick. Many of you, probably, will not find this post on the old domain, and you will continue thinking that the posts on ChickLitTeens.com are from me.
To know my reputation will be (even indirectly) sullied by another is, as I said, unsettling and saddening. But I have no one to blame but myself. I let the domain expire. I let you down, and for that I apologize.
Now, if the person was merely using my old domain, that would be fine. As I said, I cannot get mad at a person who merely bought an open domain, following the fair few rules of the internet. Unfortunately, this person did not simply take the domain. He or she took my content and my header. This person is purposefully capitalizing on my reputation, even using my header to give the appearance of it being me running the site.
Chick Lit Teens was my baby. I grew this blog from a mere idea to an internationally read, professionally recognized website. I changed my life writing the posts this individual lists as hers under "Books." Those posts are a part of my identity, of who I was in high school. Even though my time for blogging has slowly waned over the past year, I never once stopped loving this blog. I have always looked back on my days as Chick Lit Teens with the utmost happiness, and it upsets me to have those memories marred by this theft.
Please, do not visit ChickLitTeens.com. All new posts will be found here, for the time being. If that changes, I will let you know.
And, please, if you know someone who reads my blog, tell them I no longer own ChickLitTeens.com. I know I cannot wholly stop the sullying of my reputation, but I will do what I can to salvage it, reader by reader.
Thank you for your support,
Jessica - the original Chick Lit Teens
P.S. If you have any advice on how to proceed, please do not hesitate to share.