Final Update: Fall #Bloggiesta

How did I do on my second-ever Bloggiesta? Accomplished my major goal of moving from WordPress.com to self-hosting!

Otherwise, a big zero.

  • Move to self-hosting with WordPress (Eek!)
  • Start some personal “Best of 2012” lists (still undone from my spring Bloggiesta list)
  • Catch up on reviews (maybe by doing mini-reviews) (ditto)
  • Create a page of book lists and readalikes (ditto)

Migrating my blog to a new web host and setting it up again in the new space took up a lot of time that probably would have been better spent doing the other items on my short, but time-consuming, to-do list. About halfway through the process, I strongly sensed that I was making a mistake, and would regret leaving the WordPress.com community and safety net behind.

BUT, I persevered (mainly because I had already waded far enough in that it would be a real hassle to change my mind at that point) and I DID IT!

Thank you to Suey of It’s All About Books and Danielle of There’s a Book for hosting Bloggiesta and doing a great job of organizing.

Thank you also to those who cheered me on in the switch to self-hosting during Twitter chat and in comments!

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10 thoughts on “Final Update: Fall #Bloggiesta”

  1. Congratulations on accomplishing that! I don’t know if I’ll ever take the plunge and leave the security of Blogger, even though I know I could do a lot more outside of it…

    1. I forget what made me switch from Blogger to WordPress way back when, but I think I just liked the WP themes better. I had intended to use the same WP theme when I switched to self-hosting, but couldn’t find it and had to pick a different one, so that was disappointing.

  2. Well if there was anything that you could accomplish, the move to a self-hosted blog is AMAZING to complete in a weekend. Especially since you had to move all your comments, posts, and pages over.

    That’s one of the reasons why I only got 2 or so reviews posted before I switched to self-hosting. I didn’t want to deal with trying to move a whole blog and deal with paying for site redirect so people didn’t have to update their bookmarks.

    1. I kept the same domain name, so didn’t have to do a site redirect. It was pretty easy with WordPress to export the whole blog and import it. There were a few scary moments and I think my email subscribers might be getting duplicate emails now, but over all, it went fairly smoothly!

  3. Congrats on making the move! I was in two minds about adding the Networked Blogs widget, but I figured that unless it’s on my blog, people won’t follow me with it! I meant to catch up on reviews too…and I just knew it wouldn’t happen, haha!

  4. Every year I always plan on joining Bloggiesta and I keep forgetting. Which sounds like that should go on the ever-growing “to do” list…! It sounds like you had a lot accomplished, which is fantastic. There’s always something to do for the blog. I am so comfortable and feel very safe in the Blogger world, I’d be terrified to make the change!

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