I'm glad you asked.
MidGaLive is now a brick and mortar live music venue for all of you fresh local bands who need a place to gig....But it didn't start off that way....
I started MidGaLive.com a few years ago as my way of promoting the Middle Ga music scene...I had written articles on every musical act I knew of in the Middle Ga area (163 and counting). We had decided to film and interview local bands to further get them some notoriety. We wrote articles to help bands learn how to book themselves, setup a PA system, how to price themselves and how to promote their band. I even had a very successful Alpaca marketing campaign. People still send me pics of Alpacas wearing wigs. MidGaLive.com was very popular and we were doing quite well with viewership.
Sadly, I accidentally let the domain lapse and some Calvin Klein distributor out of Germany bought it (you can't make this stuff up). I sent letters to the new registered owners. I even spent a great deal of time using Google to translate some of my letters into German in the hopes that I could buy it back from them. Nothing.
So I waited. I don't know how to go about checking when the domain is up for renewal. I just kept checking domain registering sites to see if it was available and sending my letters to Germany. Sometimes I tried to translate them to German, sometimes I just left them in my Southern English. Unknown to me at the time but those letters were going to an Alpaca farm. Apparently the farmers threw my letters out and the animals on the farm saw those letters daily. One of the Alpacas was apparently pretty excited to get correspondence from some stranger in a language she didn't even understand. I'm sure she just translated it herself into the words she wanted desperately to hear from her mysterious secret admirer. She got the letters and thought they were correspondences in code from secret agents overseas. I didn't know they were going to the wrong place. I just kept writing. I probably sent more than 30 letters begging to get MIDGALIVE.com back.
This went on for 4 years.
FINALLY, The domain was available to purchase and I was able to get it back with all of my pageviews intact. <WHEW>
So let me just say I am sorry to all the bands that used my website to promote themselves. I let you down. You directed people to a glowing article about you from a great online magazine-and they ended up shopping for skinny jeans through a German department store website. Please forgive me. Just remember, you're not the only ones who suffered....
I am still getting racy photos from an Alpaca farm in Germany.