It’s been several weeks since I announced I was converting my blog from wordpress.com to be self hosted on Blue host using wordpress.org…
until I confidently did after reading several tutorials that all were in agreement at how relatively simple it was. You know, 8 steps or something and ta-dah? easy peasy. So one late night instead of any more thinking and analyzing if it’s a good idea or not, I just did it.
I was excited. Happy.
I finally felt ready to take the leap. I paid for blue host, filled in all the dots and then exported my blog and imported the wordpress.xml file on over to it’s new resting space carefully following all the directions. And then waited. I confirmed with fellow bloggers that maybe it would take sometime to process but my impatience got me on the phone with Blue host to confirm, only to discover that the file didn’t transfer over. No need to wait but instead, re-export and import the file.
So I did.
Except the 2nd time didn’t work despite the importation taking several hours, I assumed it worked. What in heavens name took it so long if it wasn’t transferring all the files over?
I hoped 3 times would be the charm but alas, it wasn’t. The files appeared but not all of them were there so I did the next best thing; try again! But the 4th time was no good either. Nor was un-installing wordpress and re-installing it through Bluehost. Each time I got a new tip from Blue host about what to try, or there approach. Most said they weren’t familiar with the transfer of wordpress.com though they seem to have a lot of wordpress customers, but that’s another point. Blue host is friendly and recommended that I talk with wordpress.com about downloading every single one of my files- all my posts and photos – but since it’s free, there is no 800 number to call.
This leaves me to troubleshoot this arena on my own or hope some techie friend takes pity on me or knows the insides and outs of wordpress.com. A few times I’ve googled it and my head went spinning.
I jumped off and took the leap to experiment, to learn more, to finally have the opportunity to play with plug-ins and see if they’re all they are cracked up to be; to have my blog grow up. But now I wonder, is it worth it? Growing up, just like converting your blog to self hosting, simply means more responsibility and costs involved. I’m torn. I’m currently paying for the new domain name and for Blue host but so far, I’m not getting my money’s worth because I’m stuck on how to proceed and to figure out all the intricacies of downloading all my files from this blog (to have for myself, just in case) as well as to transfer them over.
What will I gain for trying to self-teach and convert my blog?
My main hesitation for converting my blog in the first place was wondering if I’d keep writing and maintaining this little space on the internet. Yet I do keep coming back, sometimes with no rhyme or reason as I meander to find my place as I make a new life in the States.
Maybe now I understand why other bloggers paid web consultants/programmers to take care of all the behind the scenes work for them. hmmm.