The Mumatron Blog is officially new, improved and self hosted!
When I started writing posts on The Mumatron Blog, I never really thought that I would enjoy it so much. I’d had an app idea (don’t we all!) and without the technical knowledge to develop it, I wrote a blog it instead. When I realised that the blog was moving away from the app idea I started writing regularly – with no direction. What I needed to do was reassess my blog, my ‘brand’ (not keen on being a brand yet) and start crafting myself into my writing and site. I did it. I sat for almost two weeks, hour after hour, tweaked and tweaked until I saw the light.
Here are a few of the things I’ve learnt.
Do your research.
Spend some time reading through other blog posts about going self hosted. Not only did doing this confirm that it was the right thing for me to do, it gave me a few hosting sites to check out. I visited different hosting sites and looked at price plans until I found one that felt right. It suited my budget, I had read that a few other bloggers used them and they had a live chat service to answer my questions there and then (this proved to be a life saver in the days following). I decided to use Tsohost. Having little IT experience I didn’t really understand what I was doing for a good week. I did most of it backwards, relying heavily on the technical support of tsohost – thank you. I also found wpbeginner.com beyond helpful.
There are no questions too silly, simple, basic or whatever else you might think. I’m still asking.
Take your time.
I expected to have the whole blog up and running in three days. It’s taken more like two weeks. Picking a host, migrating my original site and transferring my domain took a week in itself. The creating took about a week, it’s still in progress if I’m honest because my ideas are developing all the time. Beware because it will hook you in and days will vanish.
I have a clear idea of how I want my site to look and operate. I could easily settle for something that’s similar but not ideal. If you’re coming this far then you probably don’t want to be settling for secondary options, why bother going through it all? If you can’t make it work, find someone who can. I find looking on parent blogger sites helpful, there are lots of bloggers brimming with advice and willing to share their own experiences.
I think developing my new blog site has forced me into some soul searching. I want my blog to be an extension of me, finding what that looks like, what it sounds like is hard. Be who you want to be, not what you think people want to see.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I wondered if I have what it takes. I’ve missed regular link ups, been as good as absent on Twitter, Instgram and Facebook. As a result I lost heart a few times, I stuck with it and my confidence is growing again.
Don’t give up! You can do it! Go for it. If I can, you can. Good Luck.