If my blog could talk it would say, “LOOK AT ME!!!” as it turns around and models its new look for you.
I would love to hear what you think of my blog. Take a good hard look at it and give me some feedback. Positive and negative comments are welcome. No really, go ahead and look at it. I’ll wait for you…….
Not only does my bog look differently on the outside but it is also different on the inside. Do you know why that is? Because it is now SELF-HOSTED!!! Yep, if you couldn’t tell by the caps I used, I am pretty excited about it! Previously my blog was hosted thru wordpress.com. WordPress.com is a great site to use for blogging and it is free! However, as time has gone on (my blog is soon to be 1.5 years old) I would like to have more control over my blog and possibly utilize it to make a little extra money to help pay the bills and help fund my running addiction. To do that I needed to be self-hosted.
I have been tossing around the idea of being self-hosted for at least the last 6 months. To be honest, I was scared to make the move for three reasons. 1) It costs money. 2) I was comfortable where I was. 3) I didn’t know how to do it without paying someone to do it for me.
I really owe Mr. Sarcastic a big thanks for finally helping me make the jump to being self-hosted. Last week I was
entertaining boring him with yet another conversation about my blog and my desire to be self hosted and he said, “Let’s do it tonight.” Ummmmm what??? I think he saw the panicked look in my eyes so he led me to a computer that he built himself and explained that he put it all together and could take it apart and redo it all over again. I had already known that he was technologically savvy but this was MY blog that we were talking about!
So in the end, I let him do it. And you know what? Despite all my nail-biting and worries of my posts disappearing for good….all went well! Everything transferred over just fine and it was done in minimal time. Mr. Sarcastic dealt with my anxiety over the process like the wonderful boyfriend that he is and I am grateful to be with someone who is so supportive and encouraging of the things that are important to me. I really am a lucky girl!
I will be honest that although the transfer to being self-hosted was relatively easy and not very time-consuming once everything was transferred I spent A LOT of time selecting a new theme for my blog and setting up the plug-ins, widgets etc. But in the end it was SO worth it and I am loving my new blog!
The one downside to becoming self-hosted it that everyone who followed my blog via wordpress.com or by email gets left behind. That saddens me because I love all of my blog readers. I am hoping they will all find their way back to my blog and either sign up for an email subscription or add me to their reader.
If you have a blog and have been contemplating becoming self hosted as well, click here for a great article that may help you make that decision.
Just as the article discusses, my blog still utilizes the WordPress system but I pay Bluehost to host it. I can’t speak in length about Bluehost as I am new to it but I know it is a top hosting site and it was recommended by WordPress. If you decide to go thru Bluehost I would love for you to sign up by clicking here.
Full disclosure: by clicking on my link I get a kickback from Bluehost. It doesn’t cost you more to sign up that way, it just gives me a little commission for referring you and perhaps that will help me offset the cost I pay them. If you do use my link to sign up and you currently run your blog through wordpress.com, Mr. Sarcastic would be happy to assist you with the process of becoming self-hosted. Yes, he really is that wonderful to me and he doesn’t mind being pimped out in the least!
So what are you waiting for? Make the switch to being self-hosted. It is not as painful as you think it is going to be. I promise!