Making the Move (Help with self-hosting?)
A long, long time ago when I started blogging (okay, about a year ago) I had all these existential conversations with Jamie (from A Life In Translation fame) about hosting and self-hosting. Self-hosting just didn’t seem worth it. Would I even keep up with the blog, is it worth the (admittedly, nominal) web space fee? I psyched myself out, because I would probably have to learn things like “the word that should be there instead of “web space.” I figured, if even my favorite blog Ask a Manager wasn’t self-hosted, why should I? She laughed at me, and said “Are you saying you aren’t even worthy of web hosting?” It seemed absurd – I actually psyched myself out of something as silly as web-hosting.
Well, it’s been about a year and while I am no closer to figuring out what my intention is with this blog (biting commentary on marketing and social media? Stories about my grandmother? What’s too personal and what’s not personal enough?) I figure – it may be time to make the leap to self-hosting. Then maybe I can start tackling the questions of “Do unicorns really say ‘confident young professional?'” and “Is that even what I am trying to say?”
And in the meantime, I hope to learn a lot more about these newfangled web things that I keep hearing about and start honing my skills on search terms and all sorts of other internet-business-y things. And start learning CSS.
So, at some point in the next week, I will start self-hosting. Hopefully I won’t lose all my previous posts. I know Thesis is the be-all and end-all in themes, but are there any free ones that folks suggest? I like stuff to look neat and clean, and be really, really easy to customize. Like, if it could read my mind – that would really help. Also, if you have been through the transition from a WordPress.com blog to a self-hosted one, do you have any advice? Tips? War-stories?