On Monday my computer died, spawning a code red on my blog. Not this blog, but the .com Perspective of a Writer. I can’t afford a new computer, but I do have a tablet. Upon consulting my writing partner who knows me best we discussed the different choice she I had going forward. This is what I decided and why…
I need to be able to setup and post from my tablet.
And there was no way with my graphic, and coding intensive blog that I could maintain it on a tablet. I would need a new theme and a totally different way of setting up my reviews.
And since self-hosting costs are high, I only have 4 months to move to a new home.
The logical thing to do was to start fresh on WordPress.com with a free blog. In the end I decided to return to my old address because of the new way addresses are assigned with free blogs. And it didn’t take me long to clear this blog of the old content.
A new home means a new theme. A new theme means adjusting my review format.
I found the perfect free theme. It meets the goal of lessening my need for graphics. And it showcases the text in a way my self hosted theme never did. I also was able to use the new block format I resisted so hard with my previous theme. And I fell in love with it!!
Reusing content means I can work on writing better. A goal I’ve been wanting to tackle.
I wanted to pull from my blog older content. Many posts are in the moment and no one reads them after their first published. But many are still pertinent. Reviews for one. Discussions can also be updated with new experiences adding a fresh take on the topics.
When I first went self hosting I was so jazzed. But I learned sometimes freedom is too overwhelming.
There are many hidden tasks and work that you make for yourself with a self-hosted blog.
- SEO that WordPress.com handles pretty competently. It’s a bit of work for each post.
- Paying for a theme… and being stuck with hidden design flaws. No easy switch like with a free blog.
- Coding CSS design details to get everything looking just right. Which I can still do free but easier!
- I got so bogged down with maintaining the blog that I lost sight of loving my content!
This last one especially stressed me out. And blogging shouldn’t be stressful. We do it as a hobby because we love the process. From reading the book, formulating our thoughts and writing posts.
There are some issues though.
Since I’m back to commenting from the tablet there are some commenting systems where I have no clue if it went through and many times it doesn’t. Those I will tweet about!
Also while I convert posts there will be many new posts of old content that’s been rewritten. Either on a minor level or extensively. This will last for about 4 months until my old site disappears. There will also be new content, of course!
But I’m loving blogging again!
- With this theme I can choose my header and body fonts! (My old theme had horrible fonts!)
- I made the decision to not include so many details about the book. I also simplified my categories and am using complex tags. It’s so much easier and cleaner.
- I’m focusing more on how the book made me feel. I started this process on my self-hosted blog but now I can focus on what I’m fangirling about and what I’m not, and sharing why.
- Incorporating my Instagram photos as the major graphics for each post makes things so easy with my tablet!
- After completing the transition I’m hoping to have the energy and time to focus on other waiting projects.