When I first thought about going self-hosted, I thought it would be amazing. I would know how to work it, I wouldn't get confused and I'd be doing something great for my blog, getting companies to take me seriously. I am not good with technology at all, so I have no clue why I thought going self-hosted was a good idea.
|Side note: I am aware this picture is from August, but I love my Italy pictures and will continue to use them until the end of time.|
But alas, hindsight is a wonderful thing and I soon realised it was not all it was cracked up to be. The actual process was easy enough, I understood it and it was pretty self-explanatory. That was the only bit that was easy and I spent the best part of two nights trying to fix and edit my blog.
My blog was (or is, seeing as it's back now) with Blogger and I had to transfer the domain I had already bought to the hosting site I used, which was 123 Reg. Transferring the domain took what felt like forever (in actual fact it took a week) and I didn’t want to put any new posts up while it was transferring as I was worried that new posts wouldn’t work due to the changes my blog was going through. Waiting to post and waiting for the transfer to go through felt like the longest period ever.
I decided to go self-hosted as I hated the way my blog looked. I have went through countless themes on Blogger and I had bought a theme, but I just wasn’t happy with it and since I started my blog, I have had an idea in my head of how I wanted my blog to look. Aesthetic appeal is extremely important to me, I am a marketing student and I understand how important aesthetics are for an online brand, and I have always been the type of person that would re-write my school/college/university notes if I don’t like how they look, and I got to the point where I started feeling disillusioned with my blog and blogging work. I also felt pressured to do it. I have been blogging for almost a year now, and I started feeling like I needed to go self-hosted for brands to take me seriously. What felt like everyone I followed was talking about going self-hosted and writing experience posts, and I felt like I had to follow suit.
In no way am I "bashing" those who choose to go self-hosted and my experience is by no means representative of every blogger out there, I just could not work it and I feel like I was doing it for the wrong reasons. So, I logged out of my 123 Reg account and I kindly got a refund, and I changed my theme on my Blogger blog, changed my URL and domain. And this is what works best for me.
I am so excited to continue my blogging journey this year. Thank you for all the continued support. I am so grateful for every single person who reads my blog.