Part One – What I Planned to Do
One of the first things that I had planned to do during my break was to ditch WordPress.org and switch to WordPress.com. During the past year, my self-hosting frustrations had escalated, and I was OVER IT!
I didn’t want to risk making the switch on my own (way too much room for irreversible error here). I had a small window of opportunity with someone who was willing to help. An IT Guru (from my previous school in Beijing) returns to Vancouver Island for a few weeks each summer He agreed to guide me through the process. Perfect. Except….
Before our meet-up, I started researching. Big mistake. Huge!
I began by casually typing “switching from wp.org to wp.com’ into my computer. No matter how I phrased (and rephrased this), Google continually reversed my search. I started reading the articles that it laid out in front of me. Thus began my descent down that slippery slope.
Quickly, I was lulled into a false sense of security. Since I wanted the same domain name and needed extra site storage space, the costs of a .com site and my current .org site would be roughly the same. And there was that Comparison Chart listing the advantages of self-hosting. (This is the same comparison chart that caused me to choose self-hosting in the first place.) Shiny, shiny!
Then the ‘Bad Boyfriend Theory’ took over. You know…. “He’s not that bad.” “Other girls think he’s cute!” “And come to think of it, he hasn’t misbehaved at all lately.” Duh! Of course, he hadn’t misbehaved! I neglected to consider the fact that due to my technology break, there was little room for technology error. Dumb oversight. Painstakingly stupid!)
First thing in the morning on August 2, my IT Guru friend returned to Beijing with no plans of returning to Vancouver Island until next summer. On the VERY. SAME. DAY. My Blogging Break ended. To insert here that this was bad timing would be a horrible understatement.
Twenty-four hours after my return post published, I had received three comments and a handful of readers. I am not much of a blog stat watcher, but this change spoke loud and clear. Donna who? Gulp!
Then I received a couple of emails from blogging friends saying that they had been mysteriously unsubscribed from my blog. They also noted that my ‘Subscribe to this Blog’ button was nowhere to be found. So, on my first day back after my six-week-long, very restful break, there I was down the Technology Rabbit Hole desperately trying to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it (and why in the heck I hadn’t switched to wp.com when I had the chance)!
If you’ve been unsubscribed from this blog, my sincere apologies. It wasn’t me (honest, I was nowhere near my site during my break). I have no explanation at all other than to humbly hope that you will re-subscribe.
If there are any other Tech Gurus out there with sage advice for me, I am all ears and eyes!
Up Next Week – What I did during my Technology/Blogging Break – The F Words: Family, Friends, Fiction, Fitness, Food, Fun and Francigena.
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