The News…

We are pleased to announce that Hosting Matters, Inc. has acquired the
assets of Effective immediately, Hosting Matters will
provide service, support, and billing functions to all

I am now a dotcom success story. I started a dotcom business, I helped it grow, and I sold it off. How cool is that?

Now that the e-mails are going out to clients, I can *finally* post about it here. Yes, this is what all of my cryptic posts have been about. Blogomania, which I started back in February, 2002, has been purchased by Hosting Matters. I’ve worked with them for 4 years now, as they maintained the servers where Blogomania resided. Since 2002, Blogomania grew from a little dream to a large-ish company for me – albeit small by Hosting Matters standards, I’m sure. They had been watching things though, and had seen that with my family, school, knitting, photography … everything going on in my life … well, the time was right.

They made a buyout offer last Tuesday, and after thinking on it for a few days, debating back and forth with Mike about it as I worked out my thoughts on it, and a lot of restless nights, I agreed to it this past weekend. It was a really, really hard call. I love doing the support work – it is just a strain on my time. This became most obvious when we were on vacation this summer. The time had come, and I have ultimate faith that they will take excellent care of every single client.

Once the decision was made, it was a flurry of events until now. Actually, it isn’t quite over yet. Now the e-mails are going out (if you haven’t received one, let me know and I’ll point you in the right direction), tomorrow I will be cancelling payment subscriptions and then … it will be done.

But whenever one door closes, another opens. Elaine asked me a few weeks ago if I was interested in going to art festivals with her and selling prints. Her idea was that we could split the booth costs and fulfill our dreams of getting our work out there. That is why I asked what photos you would like to see on the walls of your home – I am working out the list of what prints I will be taking to the shows, matted and beautifully displayed. I really believe that working with Elaine on this will be fantastic for both of us, as we can keep each other on track, encourage one another to keep going, and get it done. Plus, Elaine is the queen of spreadsheets. She probably thinks I hate them, but I don’t at all – I work best when I come into an already organized situation. I see things from a “big picture” perspective, and I love coming up with marketing ideas. She sees the details that we need to do, and organizes the timeline of things we need to get done. Plus she is the research queen, finding us so many things that we need. Not only will this be a great way to get our work out there, but we are already finding contacts that need photo work done – getting our names out there is a great thing.

Our first show is coming in November. We will be at the Yale Street Market for the First Saturday in the Heights. If you’re in Houston, please come by and see us! Fresh Photography will be getting an overhaul soon and we will feature both of our work there. We have more plans coming, but for now that is the start.

Life is good. A little chaotic right now, but very good. Oh, and I just finished recording Episode 8, so it will be available soon.

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

27 replies on “The News…”

I did know you had told me something major last week, but I was wracking my brain and couldn’t think of what it was. More time for new creative outlets. Yeah!

Congratulations, though I’m sad to see Blogomania go. I wasn’t there at the beginning, but November would be 4 years for me…

(I’m breathing a sigh of relief, actually — you just made a decision of mine MUCH easier.)

BTW, where does one get one of these spiffy emails?

[…] Announced by Christine, my webhostess. She’s sold Blogomania to Hosting Matters Inc. I find that a little disconcerting, as she was a Hosting Matters reseller in the first place… but I digress. She’s been living real life to the fullest lately, as she’s returned to college as a full-time student at 35, and for her part time hobby she’s given up web hosting in favor of selling prints of her photography. […]

Hi Christine. I will begin by offering my congratulations, and wish you well with your next endeavour. I always appreciated the swift responses from you and Mike when I had a problem. So imagine my surprise this morning when I sent a helpdesk ticket, only to get a response from Hosting Matters! I had rec’d no e-mail advising that you had sold Blogomania, so it was quite a shock to receive an e-mail from HM advising that they had bought the company.

As Ben notes, I am very sad to see Blogomania go. I’ll need to decide now what to do next.

Best of luck, Christine, and thanks again.

– Randy

hey Christine – i haven’t been reading blogs lately so i didn’t know you were selling off Blogomania. congrats! now you’ll have more time to do other things. i don’t think i got any e-mail from HM. do you know what address they sent it to? i’m afraid, they might have sent it to an old address that i don’t ever check anymore. also, is the monthly pricing the same? sorry for all the questions.

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