This is a bit of a heads-up and an apology to regular Barbelith users who are going to the site today and finding that it is completely unfunctioning. Barbelith has grown in scale enormously over the last six years to the extent that it can no longer properly function on a pair.com shared server. Mainly this is a problem with the sheer number and size of the database requests that it generates. Anyway, the upshot of all of this is that I need to move it and the rest of my online empire to a dedicated server, which means more monthly costs and a fairly substantial amount of organisational work in the meantime. Unfortunately, I’m also on holiday in San Francisco at the moment (my first holiday for nine months or so), I don’t have regular sustainable access to the internet and this is is not the kind of large-scale enterprise that I want to undertake in net cafés over wifi or sitting in the back of Starbucks. So unfortunately, as of this afternoon, Barbelith will be closed for at least three or four days, and potentially for a full week.
I’d just like to apologise to all of the regulars for this annoyance – I promise I’ll sort it all out on my return to London (if not before). In the meantime, if you want to donate to the server fund to keep Barbelith running then you can do so by clicking on the button below. Sorry again.