Four days in to self-hosting mother.wife.me and the penny has finally dropped. It’s going to be a lot of work managing a self-hosted blog. I feel similar to how I felt four days in to having the now Tinkerous Toddler home from hospital after she was born.
A friend of mine describes this feeling so well…
“You bring your newborn baby home, you take a deep breath and you go under the water. A few months later you reemerge, slightly out of breath.”
No matter what anyone tells you, you can only truly understand this feeling once you are having or have had this experience. I don’t want to put anyone else off making the move, I still have high hopes that this is the start of a whole new wonderful blog life. But I thought I’d be up front that this isn’t turning out to be as easy as I’d thought it would be.
If I had my time again, maybe I’d have done more reading up beforehand. There’s so much to learn. Having said that, whilst pregnant I embarked on reading up on how to look after a baby. I came close to burning Gina Ford’s tome and The Baby Whisperer mainly got used as (decaf) coffee cup coaster.
The fact is, you can create this marvellous future-perfect in your mind, but until you are in the midst of nurturing your new born, be it baby or blog, it is all just airy-fairy theory.
So here I am, sitting and gazing lovingly at my new born blog and much like two years ago, I am not entirely sure what I am doing. My brain is a whir with all the things I think I should be doing. I’m pretty sure there will be some sleepless nights ahead. But hopefully, over the coming months, I will get the hang of it and the newly self-hosted mother.wife.me will bring me (and hopefully everyone who reads it) close to as much joy as the once new born, but now Tinkerous Toddler brings me.
I have to give a massive shout-out to the brilliant and generous Jax at Live Otherwise who has just saved me from pulling out all of my hair during a particularly fraught “oh jeez, why did I ever even think I could go self-hosted” moment. It isn’t the first time she’s stepped in upon seeing a Twitter tech-SOS from me – and I hope that it won’t be the last, because she is darned good at saving my
soul sanity on all matters technical. If you don’t know her already – though you probo do, because she is way up there with followers – you can follow her at @liveotherwise .
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