I’ve been tossing around an idea for a long time, but it’s kind of scary. It would require me to take a chance, hence the reason I haven’t done it yet; however, it’s been on the brain and I’m wondering if now might be the right time. Will you help me make an informed decision?
I’m talking about self-hosting my WordPress blog. You see, The Domestic Fringe doesn’t have sponsors or advertisers because it’s against the WordPress rules. Now I love WordPress. I’m one of their biggest fans, but unlike Blogger, they have some pretty strict rules about what you can and cannot do. I respect that since they provide such great service for FREE.
You can never beat free – a big reason I’m still here blogging.
I’d like to do more though. Right now WordPress throws an ad on my page. I never even get to see the ad or video they insert and I would like a bit more control over that. I’d also enjoy making a buck off the blog if that’s possible, and believe me, I have no grand delusions about getting rich. I just want to expand a little, take on some sponsors, and maybe sell a little ad space. Nothing crazy. Just a start.
Here’s my problem. FEAR.
I can talk myself out of anything. ANY-THING!
It will be too much trouble transferring my site to a self-hosted WordPress site. I don’t have enough facebook followers. My stats are too low. My readers won’t be able to find my blog if I move. I’ll lose everything I’ve ever written. I’ll have to pay a monthly hosting fee. I’ll have to maintain my site myself. Yada, yada, yada, yada…
That’s exactly why I haven’t done it. I’m not much of a risk taker. I haven’t ever jumped out of a plane, gotten a tattoo of my imaginary friend in the first grade, or threw my money into the stock market.
Sometimes I’m too safe for my own good. Anything worth getting takes hard work and certain measure of risk, faith if you will.
Maybe it’s time to take the plunge. I am claiming to live on the Fringe here.
Here’s where you can help me out…Do you self-host? Have you tried to turn your blog into a little more than a hobby? How many readers are enough? Will I just be throwing my money away?
Help a confused girl out, will ya? Tell me your story please.
And for the record, I didn’t have an imaginary friend in the first grace and I have no money to throw into the stock market. I just didn’t want you to think I’m stuffing my mattress with cash and talking to little people in my head.
Thanks for the help!