My Blogging Black Wednesday

Blogging Balck Wednesday? Well ok, yes that is a tad over dramatic and self-indulgent but its 7.30pm and I haven’t blogged yet today.  Yes I am allowed a day off but at least if I take a day off my beloved blog it really wants to be for something fabulous like afternoon tea with the Queen or going to see Buble’ live in concert. 
But Black Wednesday was caused by trying to go self hosted grrrr. Seriously it has driven me mad. I have been following the subject of going self-hosted for a month now. All my new blogging friends seem to be moving that way. And I read a post by one of my blog heroin’s only this week about why your blog should be self hosted. 
Now I take this blogging business seriously so thought I need to get with it and get my little blog self hosted. So last night I made the decision to take the plunge and buy a self-hosting space
(Not sure if that is the correct term)
I made the decision to set my new blog up on WordPress, self hosted and use a temporary name until I was 100% happy with the layout etc. Thank God I made that decision. I moved my content over successfully, but just could not find the layout I wanted.  You see, I wanted my blog to look the same. I have become quite attached to it. I just couldn’t do it and a 1am I admitted defeat and gave up. But oh no, that wasn’t the end of it, I dreamt of plugins and widgets all night. 

Wearily I dragged myself to work this morning with the resolve that it was my afternoon off and I would overcome all these problems in no time with a fresh pair of eyes.
So this afternoon I sat down ready to blog, changed my template and it was gone I was frozen out of the WordPress blog, I rang my host and spoke to a lovely man who sorted it in minutes. However next time I tried to use it the same happened. I rang again but wasn’t so lucky and got a man that had no patience at all. After an hour of messing I had to call time to collect Joe from School. On returning rang back, but was told to wait 72 hours and see what happens as a ticket had been opened. I could have cried. 
So, where has this left me, no worse of as I still have my loyal little blogger blog that quite honestly I feel like I have cheated on. I love blogger; I find it easy to use.
I also have a broken self hosted WordPress blog, I am sure it can do loads and is all very exciting, but at this moment in time firstly it is broken and secondly I just don’t get it, it is totally alien to me. And I am soooo tired.
I think if it does become usable, and it had better not as I have paid for it. I will take it slowly, watch tutorials and add a bit at a time until I am happy. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will my new blog. I do think it is going to be a little more like Sagragada Famialia at this stage.
Do you know? And please don’t laugh but I am sat in P.js with a glass of wine and the only thing I new could bring me down from that level of stress. The Michael Bulble’ Christmas Album, yes I know it is only Early October but this was an emergency blog situation that called for strong measures, a frankly at times like that only the dulcet tones of Buble’ will do. 

Wish me luck.


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  1. Maria Noell
    15th October 2014 / 9:03 pm

    Ooooh Good Luck!!! I’m sure Buble’ will look after you and your sanity… I do love that man xxx

  2. 16th October 2014 / 5:03 am

    I love the idea of your blog being like the Sagradia Familia! We will both get there…..

    • 16th October 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks Karen, but isn’t it so frustrating grr x

    • 16th October 2014 / 8:37 pm

      Still not working but its been my long day so trying to sort tomorrow , I think i will get a new host x

  3. Ellen O'Keeffe
    19th October 2014 / 10:10 am

    Sounds stressful! Hope it all works out soon x

    • 22nd October 2014 / 9:45 pm

      Ah thank you ,I have actually deleted it, going to start gain with a different host x

  4. Jenna Richards
    19th October 2014 / 6:11 pm

    Best of luck – I’m too scared to go hosted. Where can I find the post about going self-hosted that you mentioned?


    Jenna at Tinyfootsteps xx

  5. Julia Bryson
    19th October 2014 / 7:10 pm

    Oh Sarah, is it sorted yet? I went self hosted and it was a faff getting it all transferred over, but then I was on a free wordpress site before so maybe not as tricky as swapping from blogger to wp? Who knows, unit you know what, you will get there and it will all be well!

    • 22nd October 2014 / 9:46 pm

      Ah thanks Julia, I have deleted and am going to start from scratch with a different host next week x

  6. Another Bun
    19th October 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Good luck! The idea of self hosting terrifies me – I really need to read up and learn how to do it though!

  7. amy cooper
    19th October 2014 / 7:19 pm

    agh this makes me so scared to go self hosted! think ill still to blogger for a little longer at least hope it sorts it self out soon! thanks for linking up #sundaystars

  8. Heledd in Lavender
    19th October 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Sounds like you’re almost there!! If you’re struggling with themes, have a look on etsy and search for blog themes, they have some really talented designers on there who are selling their designs for around £30. Some will even load up the theme for you. Hope this helps and that the hosts manage to fix the problem for you.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the very first #StarSunday linky. Hope to see you again next week.

  9. Jo Ojosworld Henley
    20th October 2014 / 7:33 am

    Oh I so don’t get the self hosting thing. I honestly don’t understand what it means! I own my name, but I’m still using blogger, just without the .blogspot bit haha. Good luck! xx

    • 22nd October 2014 / 9:47 pm

      Ha ha thanks ,I know all so confusing isn’t it? x

  10. Morna
    11th May 2015 / 8:10 pm

    I’m guessing you got it sorted? What a great post! I started off self hosted which was tough but at least I didn’t have the trauma of the changeover!

    • SarahJChristie
      11th May 2015 / 9:47 pm

      Thanks Morna, yes fortunately it is all a distant nightmare ha ha x

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