I am hosting this blog on a personal Web-server, which connects to the Internet via a personal DSL. This may also be why downloading some of my content could have been slow for the readers.
I don’t own my IP-address. So my ISP can just cut that off, and reassign me a new one whenever they feel like it. When they do this, my LAN is still up – thankfully – but my link to the WAN – the Extranet – is gone for a few minutes.
I have software which updates my IPv4 address automatically in this situation, so that this URL finds me again afterward. And I need to update my IPv6 address manually. But with any luck, these things can even take place without my being present, and most of my software just reconnects as it should.
And yet for the 5 minutes this can take, the readers might not have been able to retrieve my blog last night.