My blog may disappear….

I am having problems with my host (Hostpapa) right now who say I have all sorts of things I need to fix but I am not a techy person. Their request (see below) might as well be written in Chinese because I don’t understand what they are saying… I tried doing some of the things they recommended but nothing worked as the instructions said, and in the process I eliminated about 300 of my subscribers because I thought they were spambots…

I started this blog 12 years ago, and it was simple, and easy… and its not anymore, and its also expensive. This blog costs me $400 per year and every three months there is some issue I have to attend to that isn’t my fault, but it always seems to cost me more money and time to try to fix. Hostpapa has already shut this blog down last week because I didn’t respond to them within 48 hours (BECAUSE I HAVE A REAL LIFE WITH REAL DEADLINES…) So, if this blog disappears, you will know why….

Here is what they said I need to do — if anyone can explain what they are asking me to do in English, let me know.:

Here is the detailed information
***** (100%) Primary Domain: kickshawproductions.com (Hits: 153813 Uniques:
6254) ***
– Hits Per Day —
1 October  9388  |  2 October  9206  |  3 October  10997
4 October  8789  |  5 October  8295  |  6 October  8018
7 October  7944  |  8 October  12037  |  9 October  11177
10 October  7554  |  11 October  12955  |  12 October  11459
13 October  12230  |  14 October  11722  |  15 October  12042

— Top IPs —
  15014 68.169.78.5
  13895 45.76.209.210
  12643 92.61.241.152
  10903 92.61.244.5
   8589 76.9.19.12
   4610 149.28.133.241
   3421 66.230.162.7
   1595 64.188.55.53
   1525 93.158.90.82
   1439 74.12.102.152

— Top Accessed Content/Files —
  48398 /blog/
  24634 /favicon.ico
  13097 /blog//xmlrpc.php
   3821 /robots.txt
   3718 /blog/wp-includes/css/dist/block-library/style.min.css
   3652 /blog/wp-includes/css/dist/block-library/theme.min.css
   3587 /blog/wp-includes/js/wp-emoji-release.min.js
   2520 /cgi-sys/suspendedpage.cgi
   2200 /
   2152 /blog

— Top Bot Hits —
  19113 http://www.bing.com/bingbot.htm
   5784 http://www.google.com/bot.html
   4639 https://aspiegel.com/petalbot
   3966 http://ahrefs.com/robot/
   2684 http://www.opensiteexplorer.org/dotbothelp@moz.com
   2044 http://webmeup-crawler.com/
   2031 http://www.pinterest.com/bot.html
   1013 https://babbar.tech/crawler
    953 http://mj12bot.com/
    811 http://www.brandwatch.net

Recommendations:

– You should review the top IPs above and filter your traffic and eliminate
malicious requests. Confront the IP list above with known abuser databases at
stopforumspam.com and projecthoneypot.org. Block all IPs showing there inside
cPanel – IP Blocker. You can block IPs using this guide:
https://hostpapasupport.com/block-ip-address-accessing-website/

– For bots, I recommend lowering the frequency for Bing to crawl your websites
https://www.bing.com/webmaster/help/crawl-control-55a30302

– I see a lot of requests to admin-ajax.php which means you’re being affected by
the WordPress Heartbeat api. In order to fix this we suggest you to install the
following plugin : https://wordpress.org/plugins/heartbeat-control/ . Here are
the steps: https://hostpapasupport.com/wordpress-heartbeat-configure/

– I see noticeable requests to wp-cron.php. You can easily control this by
following the steps here:
https://hostpapasupport.com/replace-wordpress-cron-real-cronjob/

– There are requests to your xmlrpc.php. If you’re not using any software which
uses xmlrpc.php to connect to your WordPress you can use this plugin to prevent
requests to it: https://wordpress.org/plugins/stop-xmlrpc-attack/

– Using a caching plugin on your website is one of the best ways to ensure your
website loads faster and uses less resources. I recommend you to install a
caching plugin such as W3 Total Cache or WP Super Cache:
https://hostpapasupport.com/install-set-w3-total-cache-plugin/ or
https://hostpapasupport.com/install-set-wp-super-cache-plugin/

Fashion in Song: Sally Let Your Bangs Hang Down (1950)

Sally’s bangs are a euphemism, not a hairstyle, but the title doesn’t know that… Written by Fred Maddox and first recorded 1950 by Maddox Brothers and Rose.

Well, I met a gal from Old Kentucky
She was happy and go-lucky
Sally let your bangs hang down
She called me honey-bunny
Just to make me spend my money
Sally let your bangs hang down

Sally she could land ’em
She’d love them and she’d leave them
Sally let your bangs hang down
I’ll find out what Sally’s got
Makes a man think she’s so hot
Sally let your bangs hang down

Now I’ll haveta be confessin’
Sally always kept me guessin’
Sally let your bangs hang down
She jumped up on a fanny
And she rode away with Willie
Sally let your bangs hang down

He saw Sally changin’ clothes
She was in a perfect pose
Sally let your bangs hang down
She caught me a-peepin’ in
I don’t think it was a sin
Sally let your bangs hang down

Sally she can land ’em
She loves ’em and she leaves ’em
Sally let your bangs hang down
I’ll find out what Sally’s got
Makes a man think she’s so hot
Sally let your bangs hang down

Sally she can land ’em
She loves ’em and she leaves ’em
Sally let your bangs hang down
We’ll find out what Sally’s got
Makes a man think she’s so hot
Sally let your bangs hang down

Been a Bit Busy…

It’s been a while since I have added a post because I have been busy pulling together the new exhibition Made in France at the museum. It also looked like the site had been hijacked as many people were getting warning signs that my blog is not a secure site. We are a secure site, but I stopped paying for the https ‘protection’.

Happy 10th Anniversary to me!

I just realized my first blog entry was on October 26, 2008! My host accidentally erased the site in 2010, but I managed to recover most of what had been written, reposted, and kept on going.

The GREAT thing about blogging is that it helps to clear my mind. Once I write something down I can file away the floating pieces of paper, tagged websites, or magazines that clutter my life. I also get some great feedback from people who are related to or used to work for the people or companies I blog about. Sometimes the comments come from people who just know more than I do and their knowledge contributes to the blog.

The BAD thing about blogging is the commitment. A lot of people start blogging every day. As time passes the posts dwindle to once a week, then once a month – they inevitably stop after a couple of years. I have gone through bouts of being too busy or just not into it, but I find I eventually get re-enthused and return to blog again.

On average, I blog three times per week and I have turned down offers to monetize the site because, although I enjoy reading visitor comments, I ultimately write for myself. My style changes – sometimes I write in a chatty article kind of way, sometimes I write factually, like a museum label. This reflects my mood to some degree but also the reason why I am blogging that particular day.

I don’t foresee quitting the blog anytime soon as there always seems to be something to write about. So, here’s to another ten years!

Contemplating the work ahead to install our pop-up exhibition ‘Dressing Toronto’, opening tonight

Housekeeping update re: readers of this blog

I had an open door policy for anyone to sign up here but the internet spoiled that trust and I was being bombarded with countless offers every day for everything from knock off Vuitton purses and ways to make $5,000 per month from home, to promises of a larger penis, or at least a good time with some woman in Russia who saw my picture and thought I looked sexy… So I have cleaned house and removed the 12,000 users. I suspect at least some of those users were not bogus, so if you got thrown out with the spammers, sorry about that.

I am not a techy guy, but I know there is some way to have users prove they are human beings and not spiderbots or heartless advertisers (or a couple of guys in Nigeria who really want me to help some poor widow cash a cheque.) So the next time I find a 9 year old who can help me, I will reinstate a sign-up for this blog. In the meantime, my spam mail has PLUMMETED to (near) nil.

And we’re back!

In case you were wondering what happened… while getting the Fashion History Museum website launched last week, an error was made (not by me) which eliminated the Kickshaw Production website and this blog. I now have the blog mostly restored, however, most of the visitor comments were lost. Needless to say, this took a few days to rebuild, so I am behind in everything else now, but I hope to be blogging again in a couple of days! 

My blog had a boo boo…

Long story short — while getting the Fashion History Museum website launched last week, an error was made (not by me) which eliminated the Kickshaw Production website and blog. After the five stages of grief were dealt with (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) we managed to get a temporary website up for Kickshaw Productions. I am now rebuilding the blog – I was able to find (I think) all of the posts, however, most of the visitor comments were lost.

Thanks to everyone who emailed asking about what happened and when I would be back online. I had no idea I had so many readers!  I will have everything up and running again soon.

Jonathan Walford