Phew, it’s been a crazy week on bloglandia here. If you haven’t seen the few frustrated tweets or the Facebook posts that I’ve sent out, here’s the update:
My site totally went down on Thursday, and by down, I mean that my host, BlueHost, decided my site was using too many resources and throttled it. Basically making my site go up and crash every 30 minutes. And if you have wordpress and Jetpack, you know how annoying those emails can be. I woke up on Friday morning with 88 emails saying that my site was up, down, up, down, still down for over an hour, etc. I had numerous conversations with different customer support people over at BlueHost and they all took about 20 minutes to figure out what the problem is. They told me the same thing that my site was using too many resources and my database needs to be optimized. I don’t know too much about optimizing databases, I don’t have a coder, programmer, or anything of the sort. So it’s weird to me that I have less than 2 years of content, which for the first year of it my image sizes are 200×200, and for the second year I used an image smusher to compress all my photos. Regardless, I tried to optimize my database from the tutorials that they directed me to. But to no avail my site keeps going down. I even was able to go in and shut off all of my plugins to see if that was an issue. Nope. My site kept crashing. I finally got in touch with one last person at BlueHost and they told me that I’d need to upgrade to cloud servers which cost a lot more per month.
Of course this whole thing comes at a time where I’ve been struggling to post even one post per week. Blogging has definitely taken a back-seat in my life recently. I’d like to say because I’m so busy exploring Chicago but honestly, it’s been more of finding a routine in my daily life now that I live with my boyfriend, we work on the same schedule, and I have two dogs to take care of. My days usually go somewhere along the lines of wake up, walk dogs, go to work, work my butt off, go to the gym, workout for an hour or so, go home, make dinner, watch tv, go to sleep. Yeah….there’s no blogging in there. I should probably blog more instead of watching tv but at the evening I’m just so sleepy and lazy.
So when I was tasked with making a decision to throw a ton of money into my site that I haven’t been feeling passionately about or lose it, I had a minor meltdown and shut down. Do I lose all the hard work I’ve accomplished for two years and focus on other things in my life? Or do I throw down more money into a project that I don’t even know that I’ll continue for however long?
Of course, in the middle of my meltdown, my dogs decided to escape the fence around my apartment building and run off into the darkness right as a Metra train flew past. I honestly think there is a second fence separating the Metra train from our apartment building but it’s so close I could literally feel the air whooshing by us. They did decide to trot back to me looking quite content as I screamed my poor heart out and they’re totally fine, but that didn’t help my stress levels either.
So I took a mental break. I found out how to shut off those stupid Jetpack emails so I wouldn’t keep getting pinged every 15-30 minutes about my blog and I did some stuff for myself. We went over to Andy’s sisters house on Friday night and had dinner, played Cards Against Humanity. Then on Saturday, we went to the Arlington Horse Racetrack and Fair. The races were all great until a horse broke his leg (please dear god, let them fix his leg, don’t put him down). The fair was ridiculously expensive but we did pay to go on one ride that was blast. Sunday, I had grand plans but they all fell to the wayside for some football and mimosas calling our name. I finally had some time to relax and talk to Andy about the site. When I told him my conundrum, he just looked at me and told me that he didn’t realize it was as serious a problem that I would potentially lose all my hard work and devotion and completely give up on blogging all together. He’s right. I couldn’t do that. I’m not a quitter.
So I spent some time researching new hosts since I still don’t believe that my site uses so much space that I need to upgrade to cloud servers. I was really close between HostGator and A Small Orange, two hosts that I have friends who use them without any issues. Then I found out that they are all managed by the same company EIC, who also manages BlueHost and I’ll likely have the same issues. So to Siteground (referral link), I went. I set up my account with them on Monday, they migrated my site on Tuesday and then after I changed over my domain, it took a couple days, and now here I am.
Blogging is complicated but I am not going to stop blogging.