So last Thursday morning, when my blog mysteriously started going berserk, I thought for sure it was just a problem with the hosting account. Only it wasn't--as my morning progressed, it seemed like my blog was "changing", plugins that had never caused me any trouble were timing out, weird error messages kept popping up, and then finally, I just wasn't able to log in to my account whatsoever.
On top of that, I had just finished a very awkward email conversation with a comment-er (is that spelled right? actually is that even a word?). Now, I just hafta pause here and elaborate a little because 1) the issue I had with this visitor still bugs me even though it's been a few days, and 2) I was never able to write about it when I wanted to because my blog misbehaved about five minutes after this story's conclusion--please bear with me.
Awkward Conversation as follows:
*her: How good with wordpress are you? I'm having trouble with wickets yes, she did say wickets like in croquet
*me: What's your blog address? I'd love to help
at this point I'm thinking the conversation is going well, granted without any hi's, how are you, please, or thanks but still fairly polite. Turns out she's trying to add disqus commenting to her wordpress.com site.
*me: disqus can only be used on a self-hosted wordpress blog not the .com + boring theme stuff
*her: "on disqus it says you can install disqus with wordpress, blogger.... Just go to settings and hit install and it shows you a list of things you're able to use it with. I just cant figure this out disqus.com/admin/settings/
Now, ladies and gents, this is where I started to get a teensy bit annoyed. I mean seriously, if you already know what you're talking about then please don't ask me. I didn't think I'd made a mistake in what I'd told her, but I clicked her link just in case. What do I find? Staring at me in big bold letters are the words These instructions are for self-hosted wordpress sites. I pretty much told her that exact thing, with the aside that, whether she realized it or not, she was being a tad rude. Next thing I know, she's telling me she's from the South so she knows manners and that I'm bothering her by emailing back.
And while I'm sitting there, scratching my head wondering where in the world that conversation went wrong (and blocking her from commenting or emailing me ever again) my blog starts shutting down. First thing I did was thank God that I had made a backup of all my posts (except one) a few days before. And then, I emailed my hosting account.
Throughout Thursday and Friday, I switched my hosting from Windows to Linux, canceled my hosting all together, and started importing all of my posts onto blogger. The importing posts from Wordpress to Blogger turned out to be much simpler than I thought it'd be, so that was a definite blessing. The only thing that was a real hassle was inserting all the pictures back into the posts since Blogger doesn't host pictures, all of my images had been erased. It was at this point I realized not posting every day actually does have its good points!
The real problem with my bloggy move was getting my domain name hooked up to my Blogger account. But, thankfully, a few days and a lot of help from GoDaddy later, my blog's name and the name you type into search seem to be the same. It has changed a little from what it was before though--instead of armyeverafter.com, it's now www.armyeverafter.com. For most search engines you can type in either of these (or even just army ever after) and my blog will pop up, but I'm having a little trouble with the Google Chrome Browser. If you can't find my blog through Google Chrome (or anywhere else actually), please let me know.
For my Bloglovin followers, my new posts should now be showing like usual on your newsfeed. If you haven't followed me there, I'd really love it if you would. It has now become my absolute favorite way to check out other blogs! Click on this link to follow me on Bloglovin.
Here's to hoping this was the trouble to end all my blog troubles!! Hey, a girl can always dream right? And hey, this is giving me a chance to revamp my navigation pages (about me, contact, and such) which I have kept putting off this last week or two. And my new-found knowledge of domains helped me set up my sister-in-law's new blog which I am finally done designing!
So I'd say this weekend has been very productive and I hope to start a trend by making this week just as productive. I'd also like to start a trend of Wordpress to Blogger transitions. That last one will probably never make it as a trend, however, a girl can dream.