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We're Baaack

Yeah, I know, I said that Wednesday. And even the topic where I said that Wednesday got lost.

So! What happened:  during a routine annual fire inspection at my web hosting company, somehow the fire suppression system was turned on in the server data center. Where all servers and hard drives and backup arrays live. Fire suppression foam (or whatever) suppresses electronic equipment really well. Many web servers died, with many, many websites upon them. Replacing computers doesn't take long. But restoring them from backups, and diagnosing where that did and didn't work, takes a long time.

Our server came back briefly on Wednesday, only to find that part of it they thought was OK, wasn't. "The RAID array was corrupted." So it went down again for rebuild on fresh hardware. There are a lot of websites on one server - simply restoring one from backup takes over 24 hours, and they only had the equipment to restore 3 at a time. Slow.

On the bright side, this time when AGMastery came back, its backend database is no longer scrambled as it was on Wednesday.

But anything we wrote on Wednesday is lost, since they started over from previous backups. Sorry!!! As for last Saturday's traffic... I dunno how many posts are lost.

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Good points, Bab. There are

Good points, Bab. There are many forums I read, without feeling I have anything to contribute. (Not on this topic of course. I was a loudmouth from day one on Aerogardens. ) And people do come and go.

Any lurkers reading here, we'd love to hear from you, though. Just saying "hi" is very cool.

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Bab - I never got an AG6 or

Bab - I never got an AG6 or AG3. I had AG minis (the doomed predecessor), and the fountain sound of the AG7's is wonderfully better! The tiny little tank of the mini's does echo the bubbles breaking really loudly, to the point it dwarfs the noise of my external airpump.

Don't apologize, please - it was a great point, Bab.

Please keep bringing up ideas...

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Oh, in case this wasn't clear

Oh, in case this wasn't clear - any topic on this board has a page title of " xxxx | Aerogarden Mastery", where xxxx is the name of the bookpage / growlog / forum / blog entry. If we aren't near the top of "Aerogarden tomato" in Google rankings, that's because there are a lot of people who want to grow tomatoes indoors, and a lot of pages competing for that ranking, including everyone who's trying to sell products. So, secondary factors.

Though a page called "Aerogarden Tomatoes | Aerogarden Mastery" would probably rank higher than "Tiny Tim Tomatoes | Aerogarden Mastery", for instance.

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Hey, good to hear from you

Hey, good to hear from you again, Bab! So sorry to hear about your beans and thrips.

I know what you mean about the insult-added-to-injury bit about November! My peppers last year were absolutely infested with aphids in November. Grrrrr.

Great to hear there are links from aggrowers to here now.

It's true - the page title makes a big difference in how Google ranks. That's why the topic titles here are duplicated in the page titles and URLs. (I did go to that much trouble at least .) I don't know whether "aerogarden forums" is the search I'd want to optimize enough to change "Aerogarden Mastery" to "Aerogarden Mastery Forums" on the title line. In practice, AGMastery is more blog-oriented. We just also have forums. What do you think?

Very very interesting on Aerogrow simplifying its product line! Here I'd been expecting they'd dump the water-pump-based AG7's, and instead they're culling the air-pump 6's!? And 3's? Clarifying the naming scheme and feature explanations is simply long overdue. And the seed kits.

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Hi, Beth, Absolutely! Link to

Hi, Beth,

Absolutely! Link to us anywhere you'd like! And add links here to them - we link all the time to stuff we think is interesting.

There used to be one exception - I didn't allow live links to aerogardenmastery.com. (I didn't remove the url text, just made them inactive links.) Because the owner of that site would ban anyone who linked to us. However, last I looked, I no longer receive an obnoxious you are banned! greeting when I visit, and the owner and my replacement as 'moderator' have abandoned the site. So I doubt anyone would be banned for linking to us there either, anymore. If they start up again, I might reciprocate again.  Or not - it was always rather stupid.

In any case, Shane Arthur seems to be in control there now, and I don't think he'd hassle folk for posting links of interest. Indeed, I don't know of anything that would get Shane's knickers in a twist - great guy.

Cheers,
Ginger / Gisette

 

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Hi Gisette,   Is it

Hi Gisette,

  Is it acceptable to post links from this site on other sites - like the earthbox forum?  And gardenweb?  I don't want to step on toes, but some of the stuff we do here is relevant to other sites.  And we are doing stuff here that is interesting to all gardeners.  I do see that there are guests interested in viewing the tiny tim grow (and the cuc grow).

Thanks,

Beth

 

 

 

 

 

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It's a good question. I don't

It's a good question. I don't know the answer.

Once upon a time I happened upon another forum. It was sleepy and had few members. But I wanted it to be hopping, to have friends to talk to who'd try some stuff and I'd try other stuff and we'd share what we found out. And whenever anybody said anything, I was right there to converse back with them almost immediately. A lot of the addictive nature of social computing comes from the fact people like feedback and acknowledgement - attention feels good. And they talked to each other, too. After a while it gained momentum, and I was far from most chatty.

But - that was a different point in Aerogarden's market trajectory, and there were many-many new people trying out Aerogardens for the first time.

The best way to rise in search engine rankings is to spew links to this site all over the internet.  Like, refer to stuff here on other forums / social sites / blogsites.

*Sigh*. I need to look into what I can do about it. I only put Peat's suggestion on hold this week because 1 of my 3 sites on my server (and my email !) was still dead. Making this a terrible, horrible time to go experimenting and installing new server software. In truth, right now, any search engine should discount us because the site was down for so long.

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I'm here.  I'm really

I'm here.  I'm really surprised we haven't gained new members.  All those ag users that want to move to the next level?  Is it what Peat said about Google search?

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Very quiet. I have three

Very quiet.

I have three domains on this server. For some reason, two of them are alive, but the main one is dead atm.

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testing - is this site really

testing - is this site really alive? appears to be...

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