I love my blog. I think that it’s so apparent to everyone that I love my blog. The Unabridged Sass isn’t just a site where I post random things, but it is something special that I made and created myself. It’s like my child. I absolutely love what it’s become and how I’ve been able to watch it grow over the past few months.
My blog has been growing and growing, especially since I made the decision to switch to a 2x a week posting schedule. My views have been almost all independent from the reader and I’ve learned a lot about developing my blog outside of WordPress resources. TUS (can I use that acronym now?) has grown so, so much and it seemed like the next step was to move my site to self-hosted. It seemed logical and it seemed smart.
Although I made the decision to move to a self-hosted site, it still didn’t feel one hundred percent right in my gut. I’ve learned many times to trust my gut instinct, but I just chalked it up to nerves. However, in retrospect, I should have listened to my gut because what awaited me was a complete and utter disaster.
First things first, there was immediate problems in importing. Out of my three hundred something blog posts, only ten or so would export to my new site. And although they did export, none of the likes or comments did. None of the photos did, and the featured images that I had spent ages uploading back when I did my first big theme change had disappeared. My site no longer allowed me to upload featured images and any theme used with my site looked like a disaster. My site was clearly broken and even more evidently ugly.
No matter how hard my cousin and I worked to find solutions, more and more problems appeared. As we would solve one problem, a million more would appear. I felt like I was on a sinking ship, trying to plug in all the holes as more and more emerged. Links stopped working, images were disappearing, and so were all the comments. My blog was completely destroyed and all of the hard work that I had done over the past few months disappeared completely.
I got fewer views in those days than I did in a normal day when I first started, because of all the link redirects, security certificate errors, and a bunch of other problems. I got 9 views one day, compared to my usual hundreds. It was clear that this change was eating my blog and every time I looked at my site I was on the verge of tears. The content was missing and I was deeply unhappy with the internal and external problems with my blog. It broke my heart because I felt like my child was crawling around and falling apart. Even worse, I felt like was just idly sitting there as this all happened.
I am always in control of my site, and in that moment I felt like I was completely helpless. I knew that if I decided to switch back that I would be the subject of a lot of criticism, but I didn’t care anymore. I made the decision to switch back to a WordPress hosted site. I regretted being extra and I regretted ever trying to transition my site.
So, I switched back (hopefully) to WordPress hosted. I’m praying that it works and that my site is still intact and somewhat alive. (PS, to switch back all you have to do is change your DNS/name servers to the WordPress one! SO easy to switch back although a pain in the ass to leave!).
I’m not going to say that I don’t recommend being self-hosted (even though I clearly don’t), because I know at some point I do want my site to be self-hosted. I’m just not ready for it right now when I’m fully incapable of dealing with the clear issues that some with transitioning your site to self-hosted.
It is one hundred percent necessary, to be honest with yourself and to make decisions that feel right. I’ve definitely learned a lot these past few days with all of this going on!
I’m not going to pretend that I’m perfect because I’m not. I’m not a pro blogger or incredibly established and successful, but I am dedicated and passionate about what I do. There will be mistakes along the way but that’s perfectly okay.
I’m not going to say that things will be smooth and effortless (tbh they probably never will be), but I will promise that I will always be honest and fully admit my faults. This whole experience (in blogging) is definitely a learning experience… me living life in general is a learning experience. And I’m so glad that you guys have joined me for the ride!
I hope you guys have been doing well (have you seen my most recent blog post? I posted it admist all of the crazy blog transitioning so I think a lot of you missed it!)
UPDATE: MY BLOG IS BACK TO NORMAL!!!
Have you guys gone self-hosted? Would you ever?
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”