I’ve been a busy little bee this weekend. Apart from organizing a small pooja (religious ceremony) for the family, and getting the kids all set for the start of school (overseeing homework, primarily), I’ve also finally done something that I’ve been wanting to do for ages.
After a lot of waffling and worrying, I finally jumped in the deep end and moved my blog to its own self-hosted space (that is, I am no longer hosted on wordpress.com). I now use the services of bluehost to store all my related files, and I manage my blog myself.
As readers, you won’t see too many changes on my blog (at least, not yet). I am yet to find my footing and confidence before I go about making big changes to the blog.
Couple of minor changes that may happen:
- I am test-driving a few themes/templates. Currently, though I am very happy with my existing theme – Panel. I love its flexibility and its ability to display text-only and photo-intensive posts equally well. But, like I said, I am looking at other theme/template options too. And if you have any recommendations, do let me know in the comments.
- To pay for and maintain this blog, I have been using some advertising money that’s been trickling in, and there will possibly be more advertising/guest posts in my blog. Be assured though that they will be as unobtrusive as possible. In an ideal world, I wouldn’t have to do this, but these blog upgrades cost money, and I need to make my blog pay for itself.
- While making this change, I have lost some of my followers, and all of the likes that I received on my blog so far :(. I can’t make out whom I have lost, but in case you notice that you are no longer getting updates from me, go ahead and click on one of the follow buttons on my sidebar.
So, yes, these are my blog changes, and so far I am pretty happy with it. I also can’t wait to learn as I go along, and I do hope you will continue in this journey with me :).
Self-hosted bloggers: I am looking for suggestions on themes, plug-ins, and resources for learning advanced blog maintenance. Do you have any suggestions for me? Let me know in the comments.