Just a short time ago, I was notified by (the ever deteriorating) AOL that its FTP/website/blog spaces, including this one, will be discontinued on October 31, 2008.
While there are plans to move the blog spaces to another service, the web spaces will not. That means as of October 31, 2008, the Unofficial Jeff Lynne Reference Page will be shut down for good.
I do of course have mixed emotions about this news. The site was created in 1997 as a simple resource guide and a lot of work has gone into it over the years. However, it takes a little more time than I can afford to maintain it. The site and this blog is really just a hobby, but a hobby I get a great deal of pleasure out of. It's all of you who help me to enjoy it. You guys send me kind thoughts, engaging e-mails, and even news tips frequently and I greatly appreciate you all.
I do plan to maintain this blog after October. It's quite easy and fun and I still plan to share e-mails back and forth. That part will not change.
So, in the coming weeks, I hope to have a new URL for the blog and things will return to normal... spelling, grammar and punctuation errors and all. Hopefully AOL will step up and provide us with a blog service where all of you can contribute, not just AOL subscribers. It's the least they can do. (Funny thing is I'm still paying for AOL, hence my "mood" above.)
In any event, I just wanted to pass this news along to all of you. As soon as I get more information about where the blog is going, I will pass it on right away. I also welcome suggestions from you on places where I can host the blog, for free preferably. firstname.lastname@example.org