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The Grand (Failed) Experiment

My regular visitors might be wondering what happened to my website. Specifically, why the look has changed so much and why the URL is different.

Allow me to explain.

Earlier this year, after much research by my husband, we were convinced that a self-hosted WordPress.org blog would be superior while maintaining the most important part of WordPress.com to me — the community. It would add a lot of flexibility and supposed ease of maintenance. So we went for it.

Me knowing absolutely nothing about how this stuff actually works, my husband spent days setting everything up and transferring the content over. He spent several more days testing and configuring plugins to try to restore the functionality from WordPress.com that wasn’t working. After about a week, he had it pretty close.

Then the problems started.

Plugins would randomly stop working. The blog would randomly go down, sometimes for days at a time, for no particular reason. Posts would disappear or show up twice.

And each time there was my husband, spending hours he didn’t have trying to make it work. After a while, the WordPress app on my phone stopped working on the site, and that further complicated things. He never could fix that one.

I also noticed that after my blog was moved, unlike what we were led to believe, the bulk of the community didn’t migrate with it, and most of them were lost in the shuffle. This was the hardest for me, as I had come to lean on the friends that I met here as a support group, something I desperately need.

We were faced with the growing problem of the WordPress.org blog. It required a lot of manual maintenance to keep it running. Which I don’t have any clue how to do, and my husband just doesn’t have time to keep doing.

So we decided that we were going to move everything back.

Unfortunately that’s much easier said than done. But I’m sure that you’ve noticed a drop off in my activity on the site over the last few weeks. Part of this was intentional as my husband was planning the move.

However, these last few weeks have been very difficult for me and my husband. I have had a migraine that’s lasted over two weeks so far, and because of that, I haven’t had many opportunities to write and maintain my at home therapy schedule. In addition, a number of personal issues wreaked havoc at home and online.

Most of it has been sorted out now, so it seemed like as good a time as any to rip off the bandaid so to speak and come back home to WordPress.com.

Today, my husband brought this blog back online and took down the other one. He also spent most of the day setting things back up for me.

Unfortunately, due to the way the other blog was set up, he can’t transfer the contents without manually reposting everything, something neither of us has the time nor patience to do. And in the move, I ended up losing most of the blogs I was following. So this will be something of a new start.

Now I’m back home. I probably never should have left to begin with.

Oh well.

At least now the app on my phone works again, and I don’t have to worry if my blog will still be here the next time I’m on. And my husband will be saved from tons of maintenance and repair tasks.

I look forward to rediscovering old friends and finding new ones along the way.

© Sarah Doughty

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93 thoughts on “The Grand (Failed) Experiment”

  1. First, I’d like to thank you for stopping by my blog. It’s been up and going for about five months now. I’m new to blogging. Of course, I love it. As for your experience, I’m sorry to hear that you had such a terrible time. I’m pretty happy with what I have with WordPress.com, and I’ll probably stick to this. I’ve heard of others who have had similar bad experiences as you did.

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  2. Sorry to hear about the problems you experienced. I have thought of moving from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, however your post gives me serious cause for concern. I dont want to lose the followers/readers I have on newauthoronline.com so wont be moving over to wordpress.org any time soon! Kevin

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    1. It’s highly possible we just weren’t using the right plug ins and tools, but we were unsuccessful in figuring out how to reintegrated my blog without simply moving it back. I’m much happier being back. The domain forwarding works wonderfully. Best of luck to you! 😊

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    1. Well, this was just one step in a long list of them. It turned out I was better suited just staying and using a domain name that routes to this. A book is a huge deal. But you can’t really look at the whole picture or you will be overwhelmed. You have to take one step at a time.

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  3. I am very new to the blog. In fact I feel a bit of an antique. And its not through trying this once before. Text’s would go missing, comments I had posted lost, and the biggest bugbear the password notification. which, despite the endless writing in various password books (that also go missing) would mean that the blog would become a dead zone, stuck out on the web lost forever.
    I have to say, wordpress seems easier to use than it was 7 years ago. It even has connections to other social media outlets, so its far far easier for the writer to share their thought’s, feeling’s and stories than ever before. all of which is good.
    then there are the professional sites here.
    Being always on the left side cusp of being broke; I look towards these other professional blogger’s with a sense of envy. their sites, their hits, their professional looking pages; and I say, yes, this could be the way forward, if only I had the money, or could get the job, to get the money that would kick-start this whole process up a gear.
    Its nice to know that I am not alone in my personal sufferage that is the technological web miasma that is the internet publishing community. Moreover, I now doubt (nb this doesn’t mean I will, however, I am now cautious) that I will take that step towards this.
    I am sorry that you have lost your precious words. I know how that feels, only too well. I sincerely hope that you can find them once more, as I am interested in reading them.

    with kind regards
    AD Hunt

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    1. Thanks so much. It’s tough, especially when you’re cut off from the WordPress community. Then, you’re dealing with the vastness of the Internet. Believe me, that was hard to do. I barely managed ten hits a day out there. Back here, even though my Web address routes me to my default WordPress, I’m doing much better than I could have imagined. Perhaps I’ll pay the fee to make my address permanent, but knowing WordPress, it’d cut me off again. For now, this works just fine. I wish you the best of luck.

      And for the record, you can make your site look just as good as the other guys. Just peruse the free themes and I’m sure you’ll find something that will suit you. Best of luck.

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    1. Yes, definitely. There’s two sides of the coin, and perhaps I didn’t fully understand what I was doing, but for me, it was definitely a mistake leaving. But luckily I’m back and the site is doing great!

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  4. I used to try and split my posts between the books (including book genres) that I write, my animal rights work, my personal life… eventually it had me going batty. I eventually decided that I would instead have three separate Facebook pages instead – my private (and very personal) Facebook page, my author page for my adult books and my author page for my children’s illustrated books.

    The world of blogging is difficult enough, with me once using the MySpace blog (many many years ago), only to have the site die, then using Blogspot before I lost my eyesight and the text became too small and unmanageable, and then to WordPress. I use their free server (and almost pee myself when traffic gets too high because I know they will want me to upgrade and I don’t want to). A lot of the plugins are designed for the paid servers only.

    Hopefully your problems with WordPress have come to an end and your hubby can get back to the task at hand of his other commitments. Nothing is more irritating than having to take a day (or week, or month) out to try and fix a problem that shouldn’t need fixing.

    Good luck 🙂 xx

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  5. Oh, I am so sorry. One of those times when technology instead of making things easier, makes it worse. That I think keeps me with WordPress. Com as it seems designed for those who want to get on with blogging the way the want without too much difficulty or tech savvyness

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  6. Yikes what a disaster. I especially have trouble dealing with internet and computer frustrations because I simply don’t know what to do and don’t really want to know – just work! I’ve thought about a nice domain name a few times but now I’m going to ignore the siren call. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  7. Hi Sarah,

    I am new to WordPress and heard you should switch to .org or other self hosted site. Is there something you felt you would gain by switching to .org that you are willing to do without since you came back to .com?

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    1. I switched primarily to have my own domain name. So when someone went to sarahdoughty.com they’d find my site. But it cut me off from everyone in WordPress. I still have my domain name after moving back, but it is set to forward to my WordPress address. I lost in the move, and I lost returning, but I’ve made the best of it and I’m happy to be here.

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  8. This post is very interesting to me since I am considering taking complete control over my website/blog. I bought the WP book for dummies. It is giving me something to think about. Thank you for putting this up.

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  9. Frustrating experience. I am currently moving things over from a previous blog and will start editing soon
    It is helpful to see this from another perspective, and especially as you have been successful in your efforts
    Thanks for the insights
    Regards,Wayne

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  10. I’m sorry to hear about all the problems you have had, I hope that things will get better from now on, same on those who informed you that transferring would be easy – similar problems with Myspace which Used to use for blogging, lost everything I had written when they updated and said to swap to WordPress as there was no auto or even manual transfer
    Thank you for visiting and reading and liking my recent posted story The Last Christmas

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  11. For years I worked hard at keeping a wordpress.org site. It was repeatedly hacked. I didn’t have any followers. Very sad. This year I started my site on wordpress.com and all is so much better. I may try and upgrade this site since I still have my own domain name, and I upload many photographs, but I will take my time and research first. Glad all is right with your new blog world.
    marlenefrankel.wordpress.com

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  12. Hi, Sarah! I so love your site and your blog, and thank you so much for liking one of my posts!!! Also, as a writer myself, I can totally relate to writing being a sort of therapy and helping you through tough times. Keep up your awesome work: 🙂 ❤

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  13. I am quite surprised that you had trouble with blogpress.org. Yes gadgets are fun when they can be easily manipulated. Good read. I also hope that all the published material will have a life after death. I get goosebumps thinking that these can be misplaced or a glitch might occur.

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      1. I still can’t pinpoint triggers, although I have been trying to for years. For me the key is recognizing the onset. I hallucinate scents. I often smell something like sulfur and sawdust just at onset. If I notice it in time any combination of asprin, caffeine and acetaminophen knock it out.

        Good luck!

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  14. So sorry for all your troubles, Sarah. I pray that everything works out well for you. Blessings to you and may God take away your daily headaches. I will pray for you.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog!

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  15. Oh Sarah. After a very long time when i started revisiting all my friends’ blog, i didnt find you. Oh Gosh! I thought I lost you, then it came into my mind that twitter is there and i finally i am here.
    am neither writing nor reading, as if i am lost. i really miss you all.
    please start something new, some other new community. and i am looking forward to your nice type writer poems.
    Good Luck!

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  16. Bright eyes dig up a question from generations ago:
    You want to know why the wind blew us
    Together, how our sons will grow, when we will
    Meet again, where will we be as one again?
    Training gives you the desire to examine cause and
    Effect. Experiences about as wide apart as possible
    Come at us, yet we harmonize, learn each other’s secrets,
    Give what we know the other will love, provide
    Sanctuary in a world spinning out of control for so
    Many. This I offer to distinguish myself from regular
    Men, be they handsome or young: a complete heart
    With continued support, undying gratitude, massage
    Therapy, attempts at cooking, quite a way with words.
    I expect you to smile when we chat, remain a solid
    Force, a muse for my art, the reason I will always
    Yearn for more, forever the target of happy life,
    Memories (plans?) and a fresh heart, made whole
    By the time we spent sincerely swirled, sufficiently
    Molded to continually receive jolts of good news,
    Connected forever by this love, complex, alive, strong.

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