The last week has been a rollercoaster! If you tried to access the blog in the last few days, you noticed that we were down. This wasn’t our fault (100% anyways) because we were switching servers away from Bluehost to our new home at SiteGround. All my other bloggers know how frustrating a down blog can be!
Fortunately, we’ve got a new home and some great blogger tips for you today!
Sidenote! If you’re looking to switch servers or start a blog, definitely give SiteGround* a look! They’re holding an amazing sale for the next few days and their customer service has been AMAZING with all the difficulties I had! (*Affiliate link)
The process took forever, obviously, and was so complicated! It felt like every day there was a new thing going wrong.
Thankfully (!), the blog finally came back to life yesterday afternoon. Needless to say… I’m discouraged at the moment. Any small hiccup on a blog means losing audience, losing readers, and losing ranking with Google.
But on the flip side of that coin, I learned so much over the past week in terms of the technical side of blogging, which I had very, very limited knowledge of. It was fascinating to see how things worked behind the scenes, if still disheartening to see that my server settings still weren’t connecting properly. I definitely encourage all my blogger readers, or those even just interested in starting a blog, to learn a few things about that.
Anyway, we’re back and better than ever! I’ve definitely been trying to stay optimistic during the transition but it has been a bit difficult!
Blogger discouragement is so real and so tough. It can come from anywhere – idolizing a competitor, a random plugin going haywire and taking down your site, or even just a rough day where your views are low.
The important thing to remember is that you’re learning something new every single day when you start a blog and when you face a hurdle like those.
Begin by taking a deep breath and do your best to relax a bit.
What did you do that attracted those readers in the first place? What technical jargon did you learn while pouring over Google trying to fix your problem? What connections did you make when you reached out to the community for help?
Blogging is usually fun but it’s not always easy. Things happen for no reason at all when you’re using something intangible like the Internet. You have to be able to adapt and to learn as quickly as possible. You have to be willing to get right back on that horse and finish the race.
It’s easy to get frustrated and give up when things don’t go your way, both with your blog and with life, but it’s better yourself and for your blog if you do your best to keep going, even if you have to start back at square one.
How’s your week going so far? Did you face any big discouragements lately?