Steve at the Crotchety Old Fan has been hacked. Someone got onto his site and screwed it all up. Google has removed him from their index and he’s not getting any traffic from the search engines. I’ve been reading Steve’s blogs every morning for about a year now and he feels like a friend, although we’ve never met. When I heard he had been hacked, my instinct was to load my tools in the back of the truck and ride up to New Hampshire to see what I could do. He doesn’t need my sawsall and wrecking bar. He can’t use my hammer, but I wish there was something I could do.
Getting hacked can be a little like being raped. Although not nearly as traumatic or violent, there is a similar feeling of violation. Steve’s site is like his child and he’s been building up circulation and making the site pay little by little with care and worry over each detail.
Every blogger who passes by here, and I know there are a few, please add Rimworlds – http://www.rimworlds.com/thecrotchetyoldfan/ – to your blogroll. Steve needs the inbound links for when Google starts indexing the site again. The best way to help Steve out is to stop by his site and see how he is doing, make a comment (there’s plenty to comment about). Please spread the word. Make a post on your blog or set the status on your facebook page and get Steve as many links to his site as possible so he can spring back from this.