Oh my God you guys, it feels SO GOOD to be back!
I know I have been gone for an unusual amount of time I want to apologize and explain what happened…
So, I have been tossing around the dream of monetization for my blog for some time. I had upgraded to the seconded best plan on WordPress, bought my domain name and was ready to go. HOWEVER, I didn’t realize that in order to use the plugins for monetization I needed to upgrade to the business plan, which I didn’t have. Something else I didn’t have was the money to upgrade to the better plan so I did something stupid…I went to a “hosting site” called Siteground to use their services to use the plugins etc. thinking that it was the better idea etc. As for price, it really was. I paid a fee to get set up with their “Go Geek” plan which is their premium plan, and I would be able to use all of the plugins and other features that I couldn’t with my plan on WordPress.
Now, I am definitely not the most tech savvy person on the planet, not even mediocre…so doing this whole transition was a nightmare for me. First of all, Siteground really relies on you knowing what you are doing to be able to aid in the transition, and of course I did not, therefore, many calls were made, conversations open, and help tickets placed in order to even get my project started. We had a few hiccups which I could not even be able to explain to you because I still don’t exactly know what the f*ck we were trying to do, so I just pretty much left it in their hands and went along with what I was required to do.
So, finally, the transition is complete and I have a TOTALLY different dashboard as well as new options to choose from, plugins, etc. Of course I’m thinking “this is great” all of my information is transferred all I have to do is get set up, put in some plugins and get to writing. I recruited a WONDERFUL person from Fiverr to help me with monetization, getting the right information, codes pasted, plugins working and we were knocking it out of the park. That is, until I realized, that I was getting notifications like “you have your first like on ellaerisbeauty. OR you’ve hit five followers on ellaerisbeauty…now not that I am special or anything but I have over 500 followers at this point…and it was sending me notifications that I recieved when I first started my blog. Hmmm….
This is where it gets weird and it is probably only weird to me because I, again, have no idea what the f*ck I am doing…I used the “jetpack” plugin to migrate my followers-you guys, to my new hosting platform, but I wasn’t seeing my followers, my followers couldn’t see me and I was getting NO VIEWS, NO LIKES, NO COMMENTS on any of my posts which is super unusual!
I spoke to my Fiverr pal, and he was successfully able to migrate my followers and I only know this because I received a notification saying that such and such day was my best day on ellaerisbeauty and that I had 500+ followers. Ok….but also, it was showing that I only had 7 followers-Therefore, I was getting TWO notifications because it was running on TWO different sites!!! I was under the impression that it was all going to be ONE SITE.
To make a long story short, I was continually fu*king with this sh*t since June 1. No one at Siteground successfully explained anything to me, couldn’t walk me through a God damn thing because they were one site and WordPress is anther, it was just ridiculous! I finally esclated the call to a supervisor, cancelled the whole thing and now I am back successfully (hopefully) running on WordPress-even though my account comes up as “suspended” until all the changes are made. Chances are, you wont even see this for another day or so.
The worst part of the whole thing is that I had written three posts while on the hosting site and now they are gone! So back to work it is for me…
Honestly, you guys, none of that was even worth the trouble. Yes, I do want sponsorship and monetization in the future but all of this proves is that its just not time. I will keep writing and working hard and the other stuff will come…I hate to say it but, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.
During this whole situation I was so stressed out! Blogging wasn’t something I was into or even wanted to deal with after all of the BS I had to go through to even get up and running! All of the joy was sucked out of blogging, and I was especially angry because I had so many cool things planned to start and write about and I was scared no one was going to see it, so why bother?!
Anyway, if you are still with me,I apologize for my absence and I am SOOO greatful for the kind people at WordPress for helping me get back to where I need to be!
I have so many great things to share with you and I can’t wait for everything to be “normal again”
Thanks for sticking with me and I will talk to you all very soon!