Sunday Salon: I’m on WordPress!

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Setting // My kitchen table, just after 12:00 noon.

Musical Happenings // My local music teachers association had its annual music competition yesterday. I’m the co-chair of this event, so I was on my toes all day, from 8:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening. I got home, got in bed with a quick nap in mind…and ended up sleeping 14 hours straight!

Blog Happenings // April at The Steadfast Reader referred to my “blog meltdown” earlier this week. Here’s the scoop:

I purchased my domain name via the Blogger dashboard. I’ve always been annoyed at how cumbersome it is to reach my domain provider’s dashboard, and even then, I didn’t have full control over it. Very early Monday morning, the domain provider eNom (which Blogger used when it purchased my domain) had a massive outage. On top of that, they weren’t offering updates or responding at all to tweets.

They finally went back up, but my blog still wasn’t up. A help file suggested going to my Blogger settings, removing the third-party domain associated with my blog, and setting it back up again. I tried that, but then Blogger wouldn’t let me link my domain with blog! I kept receiving random error codes. The Blogger Help Forum responses said “those error codes usually resolve on their own” (what?!) or tried to blame it on eNom’s outage, but unfortunately it was a separate issue. In one message I outlined what I had already tried, and the response was to try something that I’d mentioned in my original message – had they even read it? The forum was flooded with others having the same problem, and many of them were not eNom customers. I’d had enough waiting around for Blogger to give me any sort of response that sounded like they were actually looking into it. I wasn’t even confident that I was reaching “customer service” at all. What frustrated me most was, I could think of a couple of different temporary fixes, but I didn’t have enough control over my blog’s domain or hosting to implement those fixes.

Outages are normal. They happen. But the lack of real communication and basic control over my site was unsettling and unacceptable. I switched to Wordpress.org and moved everything over to Bluehost. Even getting eNom/Google to unlock my domain was a hassle. Bluehost has been amazing, and the switch to self-hosted WordPress was so much easier than I expected, thanks to this guide from Nanny Goats in Panties.

Reading // Needless to say, between the blog issues and the music competition, I didn’t get a ton of reading done this week. I did finish The Wife by Meg Wolitzer, and I just started Girl in the Dark by Anna Lydnsey. I hope to start Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum this week, too.

I hope you all had a calmer week!

  • I’m sorry for all your problems, but glad that they have been resolved and the site looks great. I’m with Bluehost too and have had few problems. When I have had any problems, they’ve been very good at responding…unlike Blogger. Nanny Goats in Panties? Whoa. Haven’t heard Margaret’s blog mentioned in a while. I used to follow her a lot. Very funny lady.

  • Katie McDermott

    Blog is looking good! I’ll be starting on Hausfrau this week as well 🙂

  • I’ve been happy with WordPress and Bluehost so far. It was a nice switch for me last fall as well. Hope you have no more hassles!

  • I’m starting Hausfrau too! Actually I started it before I passed out for a three hour nap. Gonna hate myself tonight/tomorrow. 🙂

  • Savvy WorkingGal

    Congratulations on the transfer. I still need to do that, but want to coordinate with a rebrand and can’t decide what direction I want to go.

  • I don’t think you can go wrong with 14 hours of sleep …. seems to be music season eh?
    I’m glad your experience with WordPress and Bluehost is good! I used to blog on the free Wordpres but ads aren’t allowed there, hence my waddling back to Blogger. Now if I can get over being a cheapo and go to self-hosted …

    • hostawesome.com offers free self-hosted WordPress up until a certain point, you might want to check them out 🙂 I’ve heard good things about them.

  • I really do love WordPress self-hosted – although I admit, sometimes I think about moving over to WordPress.com but using my own domain! I’m so glad you got things sorted out. Everything looks wonderful!

    • I considered that, but as Guiltlessreading mentioned above, ads aren’t allowed on WordPress.com – I make just enough in ads to cover the hosting expense, so it worked out for me. 🙂

  • Lindsey Stefan

    What a frustrating situation! I have my own domain name, but run the blog through Blogspot. Perhaps I should give that decision a bit more thought….

    I hope you find time for lots of rest and reading this week!

    • I was totally happy with Blogger until something major went wrong and I realized how frustrating it was. I didn’t want to make a switch so suddenly, but it all worked out in the end.

  • Care

    Yikes! I know I should have a self-hosted blog for a variety of reasons but I love the ease and comfort of wp.com blog. I am happy that your fix is working and it sounds like the best option but YIKES that it was so all-of-a-sudden? would that be accurate. Happy back-to-reading, whew.

    • I was afraid of losing that ease/comfort from Blogger to WP.org but really, it wasn’t a big deal at all. Very glad I switched.