You know that feeling you get when you meet someone for the first time and you instantly feel like you’ve known them for an eternity? Yeah, that feeling. That’s the feeling when I first met my friend Christy Jordan.
Christy and I had worked together on a few things online, but had never actually met in person – despite the fact that we only live about 3 hours away. So in 2010, when her book tour brought her to Birmingham, Heather and I decided to make a date night out of it and headed north to meet her. We were instant friends.
Over the years our friendship has grown into one of the most treasured relationships I have. Christy is my sounding board, my coworker, and my trusted friend. We talk or text nearly every day. What we do is rather solitary, and it’s so nice to have someone that understands who I can pick up the phone and call when I need to.
But even better is that our families go together just like peas and carrots. We’ve done a few Disney trips together and just enjoy being around each other.
So why am I gushing on about this? Well, last Friday, Christy’s blog became the target of a DNS attack. Basically what happens is someone created a computer bot (program) that works to bring down a website by trying to load it thousands of times in repetitive succession which makes it impossible for anyone else to access the site. It ties up all the resources of the server that hosts the site and causes readers to not be able to load the page. The site was just fine, it’s just that no one could access it.
So why is this a big deal? Well, prepare for a little lesson in how blogs work…
Christy and I both are full-time bloggers. We don’t have other jobs or other sources of income. We work all day, every day bringing y’all delicious, free recipes. When you visit one of our pages, the ads that display on the page are what generate income for us. Yes, we know they can be aggravating, but running blogs like ours can be very expensive. From site designs, to camera equipment, to monthly hosting fees, to monthly fees to our email service providers, to recipe ingredients, etc, etc. those ads help pay for that stuff. Not to mention, the revenue that the ads generate supports our families. So while they’re sometimes frustrating, they’re there for a reason. And they help us keep the recipes free for you.
Now, when Christy’s site was down for 2 days, she also lost 2 days worth of income. Chances are, if you lost 2 days of your income, it would have a great effect on your family’s monthly bottom line.
So, rather than share one of my own recipes here like I normally do on Tuesdays, I’m sharing a collection of my favorite Southern Plate recipes. I’m sure most of you know Christy well, but maybe this will help you discover a few recipes you haven’t seen before and show some support to my blogging bestie. Y’all enjoy!