Plans for the Belmont Club
I'd like to thank the many readers who have generously offered to help re-host the Belmont Club, which is now inoperable due to Blogger problems. However, I don't need a hosting site right now, as I already have one that works tolerably well. I need ideas more than I need money. Moving to a hosting site implies getting blogging software and setting up a database to drive it. Past attempts to replace Blogger with free software Community Server, an ASP.Net application which runs off IIS and SQL Server, suggests that the database will grow by about 30 MB per month and bandwidth in the neighborhood of about 15 GB per month, even with a judicious use of graphics. That experience pushed me toward staying with Blogger, because I didn't have to worry about archiving to keep the DB size down nor about bandwidth from graphics (like maps, maps, maps!). But just to prove that there is no such thing as free lunch, Blogger has fallen down on me, because I suspect, it cannot handle a blog the size of Belmont. They've already disabled the ability to "see" more than 500 posts in the counter, etc and I'm over that.
Right now, I've decided to focus my energies on two things. To forget about the technical issues for a while and keep up a reasonable volume of posts and to look around for a new platform that will enable easy archiving of material because I simply cannot afford to pay for a database that will grow to half a gig in a little over a year. That means I'll continue to post at this backup site until I've figured out what to do with Belmont as a whole. Thank you for your patience.