Good morning friends, good afternoon, good evening! How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful week so far. Today’s Blogging Ways day, where I rant about all things blogging. Funny story. I thought about writing something, then realized I wasn’t inspired at all, it felt recycled, and then I realized as well that there was something I wanted to talk about a bit more.
This is something that has been on my mind lately, and it’s a bit of a follow-up to my latest Blogging Ways post regarding the question of monetizing your blog…if you think about it. Because today I want to talk about self-hosting and the beautiful dot com at the end of your URL instead of wordpress, blogger, blogspot or whatever you can have.
Reminder that I am no expert in this: this post is a mix of what I’ve heard, my fears, and thoughts about the whole process.
For a lot of people, me included, it seems like self-hosting and monetizing comes hand in hand. When you’re self-hosting, you have full control of your blog, your content, and nothing can be suddenly erased -because I heard that can happen and that gives me chills-. When you’re self-hosting, you can put ads on your blog and earn money and so on, something you can’t do if you’re having the blog that I have.
But it’s not ALL about money. There is the dot com that comes along with it, whether you’re self hosting or just bought a domain name. The thrill of feeling like you have your own website without actually depending too much on others, the feeling that you get a more professional, better look because you got rid of part of your URL that felt way too long anyway. You can do whatever you want – or at least, you can do more in terms of customization. Designs, widgets, there are so many things to drool on when you’re not self-hosting and see all of these beautiful blogs out there. I’m not going to lie, because I have always been honest in these blogging ways feature: I get jealous of beautiful blogs with a dot com, self-hosting and being overall gorgeous, and they are ultimate goals to me.
But the world is scary, and for someone like me who’s already having a hard time deciding what I want to eat for dinner or whether or not I actually want to buy the dress ; well…it’s hard to know whether or not it’s worth it to take the leap. Worth it to tear my hair out a couple times. Self-hosting seems to have its perks, but also its load of struggles. Most obvious one here is that it’s not free, like what I am doing right now is.
There’s the price of hosting, there’s the price of being beautiful – because I suck at designing -…blogging takes time already and here it will be more expensive. It’s not THAT expensive that I won’t be able to afford books anymore, but it’s worth thinking about.
Then there’s the fear of losing everything. The hard work I’ve put into my blog, the followers that might not get redirected, the posts that might get messed up, the everything that could go wrong. You know when you’re taking a leap in life and thinking about all of the things that could go wrong, instead of what could go right ? I’m that kind of person. So yes, it’s scary, and is all of this worth it ? I have no idea.
I have been blogging for two years now, and I had my share of struggles. I was close to having a burn-out so many times, I felt like giving up. I was close to annoying everyone – wait, I think I am. Let me ask my sister, the one I bother constantly about everything. Yeah, I am obsessed, apparently. Blogging takes time, energy, sweat and is tiring. Yet I can’t think of any reason to stop, and some day, like these days, I am thinking of taking it to the next level. Self-hosting. NOT FOR MONEY. Well, at least not right now, this is not what I have in mind at all. For a change, for an adventure, for a leap of craziness maybe. To take my blog to the next level. Not professionally, because I’m never going to make a living out of this (pause to cry for a minute). Just for me.
This is not me announcing I’m going to do this, because let’s face it, I probably need a couple more months to decide whether or not I want to, I need to have another month off work to make this work which is not going to happen anytime soon, and well… ANYWAY. I promise next time I’ll be less serious in my blogging ways discussions and come back to the usual freak-outs of bloggers.
I would love to know your thoughts about this subject. What do you think about self-hosting ? About buying a domain name ? Worth it, or not ?
If you’re not self-hosting, did you ever think about doing it? What’s the biggest weight on the balance for you ?
If you’re self-hosting, how was the process of doing it ? I’d love to hear all about your experiences in comments !
PS. I know self-hosting, buying a domain name, getting the WP Premium thingy and everything aren’t the same thing. I’m just being very general here because as I said, I’m not a specialist.