Time for a Change

This is pretty much how I am feeling this morning. I have been looking forward to the Easter four-day weekend for so long, now that it is almost the end, I feel a little let down. For starters, I didn’t accomplish even seven-eighths of what I expected. As my practically husband was stuck working two of out the four days, I have spent more time with my washing machine than with loved ones. Oh well. I still have well over twelve hours left. I’d better make the most of it.

One of my goals for my second year of blogging is to finally switch over to a self-hosted site. It’s a terrifying idea for someone who has no clue what she is doing. Like, at all. It has taken me a year to figure out all the features of WordPress.com. WordPress.org is going to be an entirely different matter. I’ve been back and forth over whether the switch will be worth the pain. The thing is, there are so many little things I’d love to do that I can’t with WordPress’ strict security regulations. For instance, I can’t even post the linky tool for the Saturday Pet Blogger Hop. It’s aggravating!

Of course, dealing with web hosts may be equally irritating. But this is the Year of Badassery. Badasses do not back away from scary challenges.

I am also in the process of playing with different designs. Contrary to the opinion of Georgia Little Pea, I have not changed my design since my very first blog post. There is nothing wrong with it, exactly, I just think it is time for something new. It is also going to be a process, however, because I don’t want to lose everything I already have. Backing up data is not my idea of a good time but it looks like part of my last day off is going to involve some form of technical tomfoolery. Yeehaw!

It’s all worth it, right? If anyone has any advice for switching to a self-hosted paid site, I will be eternally grateful. Even just some moral support would help. Reassure me that I am not alone in my stress over fonts and header images. I wish I could afford to pay someone to do all of this for me. Wouldn’t it be nice? 

In the meantime, since there won’t be anything of substance on here for the rest of the day, I will direct you to a few more interesting places to visit.

 I hope you all enjoy your Monday!

24 thoughts on “Time for a Change

  1. Thanks for your shout out about my Spay and Neuter with a Smile series. I hesitated to post this latest one, especially on Easter, but it made me laugh out loud. I’ll blame it on badassery, a concept I love!

    In my case, badassery and technical issues are mutually exclusive. That is, dealing with them make me feel like a powerless wuss rather than a kick-butt woman. But once you get your self hosted site set up you will be happy you did. If you can afford it — and even if you can’t (I speak from personal experience) — get someone else to help you with a new design and even with the switch over. I initially took an invaluable blogging class, which is why I went the self hosted route rather than WordPress.com, and a year later paid someone to redesign my site. Maybe you can do a trade with someone for help with tech stuff? Or maybe you’ll enjoy the challenge? Ahem.

    Anyway, I know you’ll succeed. How? Because you blog every day, AND you have a full time job, which puts me in awe. And envy.

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  2. How weird was that eh? But I’ve finally figured it out, accidentally of course! It’s the stoopid iPad! It’s been opening up a new formate where all your posts are laid out in boxes and I have to swipe to get in, and, and, and. But I noticed a little line at the bottom of the screen one day that said standard design (or something like that) I clicked it and voilà! I’m back to your familiar old format. Whew.

    I hope you had a wonderful Easter, even if you spent more time doing laundry than fun things. Sounds kind of like mine. But I’m happy. It means I start the week with fresh clean everything! Big hug for the week 😉 xox

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  3. Like you, I feel very overwhelmed with the technology of the computer. I struggle with the blog and with my other websites. It took me forever to figure out how to change something on the website, but I finally did it and you will too! I wish I could tell you where to host, I’ve heard Blue Host is pretty good, but maybe this link can help you http://www.consumer-rankings.com/hosting/ I have godaddy for Sampson’s book website, I find their customer service is good and they always help me, but I have trouble figuring it out on my own. Good luck!!

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  4. I can’t be any help on the technological front (I’m seriously lacking in that department) – but I’ll be sending good vibes your way that it all goes smoothly!

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  5. I’ve always let E work with all the technical things. We actually have a website domain, and we were thinking of moving over, but I’m never sure if we will “get lost” and people won’t realize the move. I know I’m really bad at adding the changes to my Google Reader. Interested to see how it works for you.

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  6. I know it can be scary switching! I was almost tearing my hair out trying to find a template when I launched my photography biz, but luckily I found Tofurious (aka Lawrence Chan) and his self-hosted templates are amazing – for photogs, but his 2-column design could totally work for you! And the best part about it is he does a super detailed install/set up/walk through that pretty much helped answer all of my questions. He does charge for his templates, but I got exactly what I wanted, they’re fully editable and there’s no risk of pre-installed spyware and other nastiness, which is a risk you run with “free” templates. I took his advice and went with BlueHost for my hosting and Cyberduck for my FTP stuff and haven’t had any problems whatsoever. Good luck! 🙂

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  7. Do you get Blogger there? It’s free to use and I’ve had no problems with it. Don’t see the point of paying for something unless you have to.

    Love the photo of Shiva chilling.

    We have another holiday weekend coming up, because of the Royal Wedding on Friday and Monday is a Bank Holiday. The last Monday in May is also a Bank Holiday here.

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  8. Now I feel really guilty because I’ve been meaning to send an encouraging email since you first said you wanted to switch to self-hosting and I never did it. Sorry.

    I am certainly not comfortable with the tech side of blogging. I made some uncharacteristic choices when I switched to self-hosted to make life easier for myself. I paid for a service to send people to the new website instead of trying to figure out the code myself. I also decided against the green crunchy webhost with the wind powered facilities in favor of one with a better reputation for working with WordPress.

    I feel really good about both decisions in retrospect. They made life much easier.

    I know you’ll do great and kick *ss all over the web with your new site. If you have specific questions about the switch, feel free to send me an email. We don’t get 4 days off for Easter so I’m heading back to work now. But I’ll be home later.

    I don’t know much but I did manage to make the switch and live to tell about it.

    BTW, the picture of Shiva at the top is terrific! One of your best.

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  9. I’m pretty tech-y but not a major WordPress expert. I really like having a self-hosted WordPress blog because I’m somewhat of a control freak. I’ve only truly broken mine a couple of times, and I was able to fix it on my own. I have moved a few blogs without much incident and if you need moral and/or actual support, I’m happy to give it. Contact me through the email attached to my comment or through my blog or Facebook!

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  10. I had a wretched time with WordPress – so hard that I eventually switched over to Blogger & Weebly. I do OK with their user friendly “drag and drop” concepts and I can write (really really) basic CSS, but anything more technorati is completely beyond me. Thankfully, blogger has a built in “redirect” feature so it will point people at my new home (I hope.) I see so many gorgeous blogs out there and I can only gasp in awe of their internet prowess. Good luck to you and your change over. Your blog is fully bad ass, no matter what it looks like.

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  11. Okay, the whole reason we haven’t changed over to one of those self-hosted sites is cuz my mom keeps chickening out. I keep telling her that if I can pee in the rain (even if it’s unwillingly), she can switch our site over. But here we sits, still on WordPress.com. Even though mom says we REALLY need to make the move. Sigh.

    So if YOU do it, maybe my mom will get up the nerve to do it for us. Maybe.

    Wiggles & Wags,
    mayzie

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  12. PeeS! PeeS! Guess what? Guess what? I went to my first-ever agility class last night and it was so much fun! Okay, it was a teensy bit skeery but it was still fun, too. There was thing called a tunnel that they wanted us to go through and mom was all, “Oh, I don’t know if Mayzie will do that.” But I did! I didn’t do it very fast cuz it was a little weird to walk on but I still did it! Heehee! I showed her, huh?

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  13. OMG! I SOOOOO feel your pain on the whole switch to wordpress.org from wordpress.com thing. I hate that I can’t add the linky tool as well. It makes me feel as if I am somehow cheating by not having the bloghop list available on my site. 😦

    I am hoping to switch later this year, but to be honest I am dreading it. The thought of managing my own site scares me to death. How about I let you go first and you tell me how it goes? 🙂

    Thank you so much for the mentions! I have to agree about the Petsmart report. It is truly an eye-opener. I am hoping to share it again and again with rescue groups and everyone else.

    Now I must go read the other posts you mentioned!

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    • Mel & Kristine (and everyone else who hasn’t been able to use the linky tool for Saturday blog hop)–

      Nigel over at Life with Dogs has started including a snippet of code that doesn’t use Java Script so it should work with WP hosted blogs. Check it out on Saturday so you can join the hop even if you’ve had problems with the code in the past.

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  14. Switching to your own domain is not as hard as it seems. It’s very daunting in the beginning, but I’ve been very pleased with the results for the most part. I host mine through Fat Cow, and they’ve been very helpful when I’ve had problems and questions. I took my time setting it up, and I kept running the other blog for a while before I made the big switch. Since you’re already familiar with WordPress, switching shouldn’t be as tough for you as it was for me, either! I’d be happy to answer any questions for you if I can.

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  15. You are a badass and I know you will tackle this with gusto. I’m sure it will be so much more fun and interesting with the self-hosted site. Maybe someday I’ll actually get there too. 🙂

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  16. Spring is always the time for changes, so it’s a good time of year to start thinking of stuff like this. Looking forward to following your progress. 🙂

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  17. Good luck with the change, Kristine. I hope it all goes smoothly. I haven’t done it, might never do it but maybe I will someday. So I’ll be watching closely to see how you get on:)

    Love the photo of Shiva.

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  18. I’d make the switch in a heartbeat if only I didn’t share the same uncertainties and trepidations as you. It can be a little nerve-wrecking for sure. Nevertheless, I’m sure the switch will be well worth the effort—imagine the flexibility you’ll get to enjoy with self-hosting. Good luck and hopefully I’ll build up the courage to follow your lead!

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  19. First of all, I love that photo of Shiva, she looks so puppyish there!
    Secondly, I think moving on to a self-hosted blog after two years is a natural progression. I’m really excited for you and I’m sure you’ll do just fine. We’re self-hosting our gardening blog, and it’s going OK. There are some challenges (mainly technical) that occur at times (my husband is in charge of these, I have to admit), but you also have more freedom. Overall, after the initial panic and steep learning curve, it’s worth it.

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  20. You’ll do great with the change. I use a program called Artisteer (artisteer.com) to create WordPress themes. It’s inexpensive and it works great. Drag and drop items, color schemes and fonts are built in, anything can be changed at any time and skinned over your site by uploading newly designed files to your theme folder. You can totally tweak as you go.

    Trude is right. Fat Cow is pretty terrific. I use them for all my sites, including BTC4animals.com I love the fact that they run solely on wind power. If you want to try them, let me know. I get offers not advertised on their site (as little as $3/month for your first year). Once you’re in, you should definitely join their affiliate program. If somebody clicks an ad from your site and joins, you can get up to $100.

    Thanks for posting about BTC’s passing of the torch. This is going to be an interesting time and I’m excited to see where it leads!

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  21. I switched to WordPress.org from Blogger and it was pretty easy. Your hosting site will likely manage the transfer for you and you won’t (I guess I should say “shouldn’t”) lose anything.

    You will do great!

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  22. My Spouse is a computer consultant, and I can’t manage to switch THEMES on WordPress without a major nervous breakdown! One day, when I have money (or when I have more than 2 subscribers) I’ll work on making my site look better, etc. Until then, I’m a just an amateur blogger trying to convince herself that words matter more than appearance!

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