I use Pingdom's free service to monitor slaptijack.com.
Apparently, late Friday night,
that the server needed more memory and took out the MySQL server.
To make matters worse, I missed the alarm from Pingdom, and
slaptijack.com was down for pretty much all of Saturday. The fact
oom-killer was invoked is annoying, but more on
The beauty of using Pelican rather than Wordpress (or any other database-driven content engine) is one less point of failure for the site. Obviously, I don't have all of slaptijack.com converted to Pelican yet (and perhaps never will), but at least parts of the site were up and working despite MySQL being down. If nothing else, this incident is enough to convince me that moving to Pelican was a good idea.