I cannot explain how wonderful it feels to be back blogging. I did not realize how much I would miss it until I was unable to blog. This dreadful experience has taught me to be hyper-vigilant and maybe someday I will go back to just being vigilant, but currently I still feel quite violated. I have been exposed in the past week to the good and the bad of the blogging world.
If it was not for a certain person (she knows who she is) and her generosity, I would not be blogging today and thank you seems insufficient. She sent a crack team to help me when I wanted to toss it all. I would like to thank Simply Amusing Designs and Daisy Olsen for getting my blog worked into their respective schedules (and vacations). You both went above and beyond and for that I am so very grateful. You both held my hand, calmed me, reassured me and completely rebuilt my blog and moved it to a new and very secure host.
I also saw the downside of blogging and while it saddens me to have seen it and still see it, I will not let that get me down, the good outweighs the bad and there are just too many wonderful, kind-hearted, understanding, and patient bloggers to let those who are not get me down.
I am grateful, yes grateful this all happened, as it opened my eyes to a lot of things. I know one day I will not feel victimized. I hope this does not happen to anyone else, sadly the odds are it is quite possible. There are many wonderful resource articles on what to do if you think you may have been hacked and ways to try and prevent it from happening. I had not previously read these sites, but now I find I cannot help but drink up the information the sites offer. Other advise I can offer is to keep your plug-ins up to date, same for any anti-virus software and to be vigilant.
While this whole experience has been a nightmare, it is over and I will resume what I enjoy, reading and reviewing books!