Fortune favors the nerds

So yesterday was a bit…harrowing. For me, mostly. Because I’m a total spaz…mostly.

As you know, yesterday I made the oh-so-bold leap into self-hosting. And I did it all by myself.

Why is this a big deal? Here’s the thing (confession time): I’m not that great with computers.

I’m really good at using things that someone already set up. But actually setting them up myself? Building things from scratch? My mind tends to get a bit jumbled.

I mean, I know basic HTML. I can code an article or insert photos or whatnot. Several online jobs and simply writing a blog have given me the basic skills to get by. I usually phrase it that: I’m really good with computers as long as everything works how it should. But if something goes wrong? Yikes. Yikes. A. Doo.

And a lot of things did not go the way I expected them to yesterday as I was migrating my site. I didn’t really calm down until I realized that EVERYTHING from the old blog still exists on my old WordPress account, meaning I always have access to that code. Phew.

In the end, everything worked out. And I felt like a TOTAL genius for figuring it out. Even though I was probably just kind of lucky in all my bumbling. Meaning I’m just kind of dumb enough to believe I’m a genius. I won’t tell me if you won’t.

There are really only three negatives to the whole process:

1. As I mentioned, I lose all my old subscribers. Well, technically they’re all still subscribed to the old blog. But they won’t get anymore updates unless they RE-subscribe to the new blog. (Which I would really love for you to do. It’s the big grey “Subscribe!” button in the right-hand column on the home page. Sorry for the inconvenience…again.)

2. Any links I’ve made in old articles to other posts will take you back to that post original blog. And then if you comment on the original blog, it won’t be on the new blog. And it’s especially confusing because they look exactly the same. But there is zero chance that I am going to go through every post ever and change all the links. (This has been going on for almost three YEARS people.) So it’s just an irritation I have to live with. Grumph.

3. I “lose” all my old stats. You know how I love stats. Well, when I check my daily readers on the new blog, it tells me I’ve only had about 246 total views. (As of this morning.) THIS JUST ISN’T TRUE. In reality, I’m probably going to break 80,000 total views by the end of the month. Unless you all suddenly stop reading…please don’t do that.

I mean, I guess I can just keep adding whatever the current number is to whatever the old number left off at, but it’s just annoying. And it will be mildly annoying FOREVER. (Unless anyone knows a way to migrate my old numbers to the new site. Anyone out there who is smarter than me about these things? I know you’re out there…)

But anyway. Other than that, there aren’t really any negatives. And now I have a bigger say in everything about the blog, which is nice. Who knows, I might even bust out a super cool, personalized design on you one of these days. Guess you’ll just have to stay tuned!

A big thank-you to all the people who liked me enough to actually switch their google readers and re-sign up for the blog subscription. Sending a mental high five to all of you today!

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Blogger Exchange Post!

Guess what! My blogger exchange package arrived!

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Dusty really went all out. First, she had two lovely cards (one thanking me for the gifts I sent her, and the other to explain her gifts).

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Next, there were candies made in Nashville and cute cookie cutters. (Total disclosure, I may have torn straight into one of those candies. Not going to lie: Amazing.)

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There was also a snuggly scarf made by one of Dusty’s friends who used to live in Long Island and a delicious-smelling candle. (Ignore the fact that I have no makeup on. I had just run a 5K and my day had not officially begun yet.)

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Pretty awesome, right? Thank you SO much, Dusty, your gifts totally made my day! Hopefully you like yours too!

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