Image via CrunchBaseat least with me! I'm a huge google fan and generally use just about all their services. I mean they are free, usually right on the money with what consumers want and work well.
Or did until today. Late yesterday I got an email from my Mother in Law telling me my blog wasn't working. I went to check and sure enough it wasn't. Apparently Google Apps, the entity I purchased my domain name through, didn't bother to email me that it was up for renewal. Now there is nothing to be done except pay a good chunk more than the yearly renewal fee to pull it out of redemption status, or wait a few days and try to beat anyone else to it on the open market. Grrr all the way around.
I've reverted back to the blogger provided, free url for the time being, but have to say Google Apps has definitely achieved Buyer Beware status for me after a little research showed this was an EXTREMELY common issue.
My advice to Google, STEP IT UP! How hard is it to set up auto emails to go out on this kind of thing!
On a slightly better note the Gluten Free Asian Shredded Beef that's been slow cooking in my kitchen all day smells delightful and I can't wait for dinner!