Here’s why this website is changing.
Busy? You can listen to this article, here. The podcast is about six minutes long. (Yes, it may say “ghost hunting,” but I’m changing the title to Paranormal Podcasts.)
A 6-minute update from Fiona Broome, explaining recent and upcoming changes at the Mandela Effect website.
For the past two years, I’ve been trying to stay one step ahead of traffic surges and spikes by increasing this site’s hosting level. (Actually, it started crashing in 2015, but – by upgrading the site’s hosting, regularly – I was able to keep somewhat ahead.)
Since late in 2017, it’s been a losing battle. By October 2018, this site was offline for days at a time, due to bandwidth limits being exceeded.
That’s frustrating for visitors and for me. (I’m sure my hosting service isn’t too thrilled with this, either.)
Oh, I love it that so many more people are learning about the Mandela Effect, but… the traffic is more than this site can handle.
At this point, the next level of hosting would cost $399/month. And, per the insights of hosting professionals I’ve consulted, even that might not be enough.
So, while I briefly looked at crowdfunding, I’m not comfortable returning over & over again, hat in hand, time and again.
Yes, I’ve been advised to put advertising on the site. That goes against my principals. I guess I’m a hippie at heart.
Meanwhile, this site has never been self-supporting. (To be clear: I don’t receive payment when a TV show or movie use the phrase “Mandela Effect,” even as the title. Nor was I a consultant for the X-Files episode – which I loved – or the horror film.)
I’ve been okay with that. I feel strongly about this information remaining available.
People have offered to host the site for me. While that’s tremendously generous, I’m not sure they understand what they’d be getting themselves into. (For three months in 2018, I was dealing with almost daily DD0S issues. It’s one reason changed hosting early in 2019; my previous hosting had enough of those problems.)
In addition, I’m concerned about the integrity of the information on this site. I’m uneasy putting it in the hands of someone I’ve never met in real life.
I’ve already seen people take my words (and others’) and twist them so they suggest something that’s 180-degrees from the original intent. That’s not okay, but it’s out of my hands.
The immediate choices
Since this site is crashing, sometimes many times a day, I’m faced with two options:
1) Shrug when the site crashes, and hope the current hosting service is patient when their servers are flooded.
And, at some point, accept that the site is offline more than it’s on.
And, at that point, throw the content onto something like Medium, or a WordPress.com site (which will crash even more often it does now), or just remove it altogether.
2) Place the content in multiple resources, so it’s available and the original posts and comments remain intact and authentic to the site’s original purpose: to share insights about the Mandela Effect.
I’m choosing the second one, in several phases.
I’m putting parts of the site into books, starting with Kindle books.
Kindle Unlimited members can read them, free. And public libraries and friends can loan the book, since I’ve selected that Kindle option. (I’m trying to keep the information as free as possible.)
For those who want to buy the books, I’ll keep the prices as low as possible. Generally, that’s 99-cents in Kindle. And, I’m planning to bundle the books in groups – probably five per “boxed set” if they’re within Kindle’s file-size guidelines – and price them at $2.99 or lower. (Kindle has a minimum price for books, based on file sizes.)
Meanwhile, the site is at risk of bigger and longer-lasting crashes. So, I’m rushing this as fast as I can. And putting the site in Maintenance Mode when we’re actively working on it.
And, as the books become available, I’m removing some of the heavier bandwidth-munching webpages, starting with the Major Memories comments pages. Most of them were already 40,000 – 70,000 words long. (I’m planning to leave a few comment pages online, but they’ll be much shorter.)
Readers had already asked me to turn them into books, so people could read them at their leisure and not lose their place if they stopped reading, mid-page.
After that, there will be printed books. I know some of my readers prefer printed books. (I do, too.) But also, libraries can own these these books, and place them on their shelves for people to borrow.
Some articles will be released under a limited Creative Commons license, so website owners can share the articles – without changes – on their own sites. (The latter is not available yet. I plan to edit and update the articles, first.)
So, that’s what’s going on. And, since I’m juggling this with Halloween commitments – which, as usual, extend to mid-November – I’m not as available, online, for comments at social media, etc.
Thanks for your patience and understanding… and, of course, your interest in the Mandela Effect.