WordPress is for professional bloggers, I was told. At the same time I had an opportunity to attend an online course on WordPress blogging, and I was sent the WordPress Power Guide – Using WordPress to Blog Your Way to Success by Lambert Klein. All the stars seemed to align and point me to towards a move.
The stars may align and point all they want, I found, but that doesn’t mean they promise an easy trip. In all honesty, the move itself wasn’t the difficulty; the hardest part I had to understand was updating my SQL data and the host site I used, GoDaddy.com, had clear instructions. The main issuewas that I was on unfamiliar territory, and the internet provider we use decided to give us faulty service at the same time.
That left me trying to figure things out with pages unable to load, so I didn’t know if the site was down, if I somehow couldn’t remember passwords or if the entire system had crashed. After a few days of this I was in such a whirlwind of frustration, that even simple instructions were causing me tantrums.
And then the sunlight finally broke through the clouds and I could see the light. I found a glitch, fixed it and then turned it all off and took a walk. I needed a break, a few minutes of faith that I had indeed found the problem, and that WordPress would reveal itself to me when I turned it all back on. To make sure I had proper distraction, my walk took me to the shops where I found this giant bar of chocolate waiting for me. And yes, I shared.
On the way back the combined effects of chocolate and an afternoon stroll worked their magic, and when I turned everything back on, it all worked and I was ready to get back with it. The entire week long experience taught me a few things about myself.
- I do like WordPress.
- If my internet drops, so does my intellect.
- There are few things a walk and some chocolate can’t fix.
In the next few days there may be a few glitches as the new location kicks in, and I’ll be posting double time to catch up, but hopefully all glitches are in the past and I’m excited to see what the future holds.