A Brief Personal Post About My Blogging Woes

I’ve been having so many problems with my self-hosted site. It seems that everything is more difficult for me because I don’t have a wordpress.com blog, but one connected through the Jetpack by WordPress plugin. I don’t know, maybe I’m exceptionally incompetent.

For the last few hours, I literally thought all my hard work had vanished because I could not access my website in any way. I thought it was broken and gone and no matter what I did, I couldn’t fix it. I have experienced plenty of other small issues that have made my blogging experience pretty negative overall, so I don’t think my fears were irrational or unfounded. Problem after problem after problem builds distrust.

But I will persevere! I have so much to say and so many books to promote, discuss, and review that I will not give up no matter how difficult the technical side of blogging gets for me. I was ready to start all over again and get a simple wordpress.com blog to make it easier on me. But thankfully that wasn’t necessary. It wouldn’t have been good for my sanity.

Anyway, I really had to post something quickly because I needed to get this off my chest to feel better.

Does any one else experience issues with the technical side of blogging? Is it just me? 

P.S. – Can you see this post on your Dashboard/Reader? Let me know in the comments.

18 thoughts on “A Brief Personal Post About My Blogging Woes

  1. It happens many times even though I can understand code. But I don’t want to give up the freedom of the self hosted blog.

    1. That’s good to know. I need to learn not to freak out when something goes wrong. My blog is just so precious to me.

      But you’re right. I do enjoy the freedom of having a self hosted blog. I shouldn’t take it for granted.

  2. I just have a regular WordPress blog site and haven’t had troubles except when they make changes that I’m sure are wonderful but I’m so comfortable with things the way they were. I wanted to tell you I enjoyed your review of the books by Mexican authors. I added a couple to my TBR list. Missed you on Teaser Tuesday! Hope you’ll be back once your blogging woes are over.

    1. Oh, I’m not going anywhere. I think I fixed the issues after much trouble.

      Thank you for noticing my absence during Teaser Tuesday. But I have reviews scheduled for Tuesdays and Fridays now. Memes and Tags will be left for Thursdays and and the weekend.

      I will look forward to your posts every Tuesday, though! :]

  3. Your site looks normal to me. I have had a wordpress blog for 8 years and never really used it but when I logged on again, it was same as I left it. Never had any issues with it.

    Ohh, btw I really love your diverse books reviews. You put the rest of us to shame.

    1. I’m glad everything looks normal now. It didn’t for a few hours and I kind of freaked out. It’s still got some issues that I can’t fix but they don’t break my blog or anything.

      I really enjoy your blog too. I know where to look for science fiction and fantasy reviews :]

  4. I’ve been using self-hosted sites for half a decade, and I gave up on my fitness blog and went to wp.com. My author site is still .org…but I feel your pain!

  5. well, hats off to you for tech savvy as I even struggle with the tech on a straightforward wordpress site! Luckily I have Lucy to ask when I get stuck, (and she googles it for me!) 😉

    1. I loathe dealing with technical issues. It’s stressful and gives me headaches every time. But I have to if I want to continue my blog.
      Hopefully I’m learning something from all the issues I experience, but I’m not sure that’s the case. :s

  6. Eek. I’m sorry to hear about your blogging troubles. I’m technologically-challenged, so I’ve got the safer WordPress.com blog. I’m glad you’ve got it sorted out.

    As for seeing your posts in my feed, sometimes I see them and sometimes I don’t. I think it depends on the timing. In my experience, the self-hosted blogs are slower to show up.

    1. Thank you, Naomi.
      I have to learn to be patient when problems arise, because I know there will be more. Thankfully, I’ve also learned that they seldom are blog breaking/destroying and can be fixed after some digging around. Which is what I’ll do about the Reader/Dashboard problem.

    1. This is my very first blog. My first experience with a website, period. And I go ahead and choose the self-hosting option! Ugh! I really should have started with a wordpress.com blog, but it’s too late now. And I’m slowly learning 🙁

  7. Bless you, I am the same, so i feel your pain. Your blog is fantastic btw, I think you have nailed blogging and do it very well. I’ve been blogging for a year and still feel very much like a novice! Keep up the great work x

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