I’ve been some what of a hermit over the last week, its been quite enjoyable. I’ve hoovered, I’ve scrubbed, I’ve commented, I’ve written. I haven’t left the house much. I’m currently in the in-between time. That time when you’ve finished one stage of your life but not yet started the new one. I finished my old job mid last week, but I didn’t start my new part time one until Monday. My old job served me well, I learnt a lot, I regained my lost confidence and it got us through a difficult financial period. But its important to know when something has run its course and because everything has changed so much in the last twelve months, new opportunities and options have become available to me and to us as a family.
I now have the opportunity to spend more time with Finley and also more time on my blog, which is so great.
I am very lucky, I know this. But I also work very hard and have earned it.
I was cleaning the bathroom on Thursday morning, Finley was at nursery and I had Aby (youbabymemummy) and Amy’s (amytreasure) Facebook live Q&A on in the background. It was pretty laid back and funny (they had their kids playing and shouting in the background) but it was great because it got me all inspired. They were talking about a lot of things – Instagram, scheduling tools, not being scared to promote your content and not wasting your time and skills on working for free. Aby talked a bit about SEO and Plugins that at the time I couldn’t access but what really got me going was this :
If you want it enough, you can make it happen – if you don’t you’ll find an excuse.
Now I’ve known for a long time, that it was time to go self hosted.
I just never had the time to get it sorted. I was also scared shitless because I didn’t really understand it and I was so safe in my little WordPress hosted bubble that I didn’t want anything to rock my beautiful blogging boat.
If you’re not a blogger – going ‘self hosted’ is like going all in with a flush in poker. You know you’ve got something good and everyone else probably has something better, but if you don’t bet the pot you’ll never know for sure. Without using a crap metaphor its basically owning your website, creating your website, being entirely responsible for your website …oh and it also starts costing you money.
But anyway, I finished the bathroom and went downstairs and just bloody did it.
Well I say ‘I just did it’, I actually spent one hour watching YouTube tutorials (don’t bother) and then about one hour on the phone to my Web Host, asking this poor guy to explain it all to me about fifty times.
The bastards make you say it out loud you know?! So that everyone is very clear that you are the one responsible for this and then they record you and you actually have to say out loud- “yes I want you to host my website“.
Then black out.
And for about forty hours I was like…
I actually was quite worried, because I have worked so hard on this blog and even though I knew I had taken fifty seven back ups and XML files (whatever they are) – I just didn’t trust that it would go ok. I kept phoning that poor guy to get him to reassure me and talk me down.
Anyway, as you can see it went ok. I contemplated writing a ‘How To Go Self Hosted’ post but truth be told I don’t know what the fuck really went down. I’ve just spent the last three evenings trying stuff out and then deleting it and dicking about with widgets. I’ve stress-eaten an awful lot of treatsize Halloween chocolates…
There’s loads to sort still, the menu at the top isn’t right nor is the header. I have parent pages to write, I need to find out about Mail Chimp and Yoast. I can’t find a way to do a Twitter feed – there are not enough hours in the day to check out all those Plug Ins.
But here we are and I’m quite excited! If anyone reading this knows what they are doing – please get in touch, all advice is welcome!