For three weeks as I was putting out my weekly newsletter, I saw a promotion on log-in screen at my list host, ListBot Gold, suggesting I could upgrade from Listbot Gold to a new bCentral service being launched called ListBuilder. It would give me opportunity to gather more demographic info from subscribers and provide ability to send HTML email to those who choose it on subscribing.
I'd been wanting to be able to provide advertisers a better picture of my subscriber base to garner more advertising for Reading List. I was anxious to try it after considering idea, so second week I saw promotion on log- in screen at ListBot, I took bait and clicked "Upgrade Free" link. The greeting properly warned me that switching over now could delay delivery of my newsletter for a time while migration of list took place. Oh well, I'm on Sunday night deadline for my Monday a.m. delivery time, so I put it off another week.
Next week I checked in to ListBot a couple of days early to upgrade and allow "migration time" of list. I went through online set-up and was glad to see that list had been moved to ListBuilder in short order and was ready to go by mailing time a full day before next Reading List was due to go out. I updated subscribe links on over 100 pages of my site to reflect new sign-up boxes offered by ListBuilder and had a twinge of nervousness while thinking, "What if I don't like this new service and way it works? I've just cost myself some valuable time and will have to switch back to ListBot links."
I knew that I could "restore" my list after deleting it because I had seen that link at ListBot for years while sending out my newsletter. "Your list can always be restored later if you change your mind." So I continued, sent out first issue through ListBuilder and woke up Monday morning to another twinge of doubt. Should I have downloaded my subscriber list before migrating in case of a problem? Damn, I should have thought of that.
Seems there was no problem as I received my own copy of Reading List, but I didn't receive usual spate of autoresponder messages telling me that people were out of office temporarily or that they had received my message. I quickly went to public archive for my list at ListBot and checked to find it . . . "DELETED!"
Full scale panic set it and I quickly logged in to ListBuilder to see that my archives had been moved successfully there and managed to calm my adrenalin rush after a few minutes of hyperventilating. I looked for a way to view archive without logging in as I'd posted links on my site to public archive of ListBot for Reading List. They're all broken now!
More changes to my site and searching for archive links throughout my site! Damn! After spending next full week copying my archive from new ListBuilder PRIVATE list owner archive, tediously cutting and pasting to my own site all of previous issues and finally changing remaining links on my site to reflect hosting of my own archive, I sighed relief. It was over.
But, no, a new panic set in to my tired mind. What if email subscribe link that I had promoted for two full years in my articles sent to other lists for distribution had stopped working as well?! I sent a test email and found to my immediate dismay that new subscribers to Reading List were getting terse message, "List Cancelled, Sorry, mail is not processed for lists that are cancelled."