I’ve hopped back on WordPress.com again and I don’t intend to leave! What was once “Jen’s Life” is now “The Resilience Swing”.
Earlier this year, I decided to buy my own self-hosted site on WordPress.org and export everything from WordPress.com, even my followers. The reason why is because WordPress.com is a hosted site that I “rent” from, not own and because I had taken a lot of advice from successful bloggers that highly recommended self-hosting sites.
So what happened for a good period of time seemed like a huge shit show of a mess but actually turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
I couldn’t use a .blog for my website URL on my self-hosted site and shithappens.com was taken, so I needed to come up with something else. I came up with JensJeepLife.com and tried to combine my life philosophy with my Jeep life which didn’t work out at all. I was a bit annoyed with everything for a while because I had just renewed my WordPress.com for another year and bought a new website but couldn’t transfer the URL.
Anyways I just focused on trying to make things work with what I considered to be my new self-hosted “Jeep philosophy” website and it failed miserably. Not only did I lose all of my followers from WordPress.com by trying to migrate them, but the vast majority of the Jeep owners that did come to my self-hosted website from my Jeep Instagram page questioned me about the goal of that website.
I thought about it and realized the content wasn’t very relevant to my URL and a lot of the posts were deep philosophy stuff that probably didn’t appeal to most of my Jeep visitors. I’m sure they wanted to visit to check out more of the Jeep/travel stuff I post on Instagram.
So I decided to separate philosophy from my Jeep/travel stuff by exporting all of my philosophy posts back to my WordPress.com site since I’m still “renting” it. I also thought it was a good idea anyways because I had more feedback and interaction on my philosophy from other bloggers.
Now I have 2 websites that I intend to keep.
- Shithappens.blog (The Resilience Swing) – A WordPress.com hosted site (rent)
This is to keep blogging about life philosophies and such that may help others get through those difficult times in life. Also to interact with other bloggers because I can’t do that with my self-hosted site.
- Jeepnomadblog.com – A WordPress.org self-hosted site (own)
This is to share my Jeep life from my photos of my nomad adventures to future modifications. A lot of my followers from my Jeep Instagram account visit as an extension of what I post on there. It’s a work in progress right now.
I’m happy with this decision as I feel these topics/niches work better independently than combined. I also get the best of both worlds because there are a lot of perks to having a self-hosted site as well as a hosted site.
Even though the transitions and various changes were a bit of a hassle, I learned a lot and I’m happy with how things are situated now. However, what really sucks is I lost all of my blogging followers and I have a ton of new content to produce for my Jeep site, so it’s not so empty. But that’s ok, earning new followers and producing new Jeep content are new goals to obtain!
With all that said, what kind of lessons have you learned from blogging?