Don’t Give Up

February 8, 2016

Happy Monday my loves!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Mine was pretty low key and super productive on the blog front – but more on that to come.

Blake got home from Germany on Saturday, so we had a great time catching up and goofing off while taking a walk on some trails by the Chattahoochee River. I also had the opportunity to meet up with a fellow foodie and Instagrammer, Gabrielle, on Sunday for a Flywheel class and lunch at True Food. I had an absolute blast sweating, eating, and bringing our virtual friendship to real life. I’m so excited that she moved to Atlanta, and can’t wait for all the foodie bestie dates to come.

On saturday morning, the day started bright and early when my body woke at 5:30 am because my stomach was growling. It was so weird, and further proves why eating a night snack is a good thing 😉

I ate half a banana with peanut butter to tame my hunger pangs and tried to fall back asleep. As it turns out, my body had other plans for me, so I watched the sunrise, made breakfast, and got to work on transferring my blog over to a self-hosted page.

Ya’ll. What an experience.

I transferred my blog using Blue Host, which is a partner with WordPress, so I figured it would be super easy. Boy was I wrong! As someone who knows nothing about technology, it was incredibly overwhelming and frustrating. I probably spent about three to four hours on hold or on the phone with tech people all morning/afternoon.

It was a long, somewhat stressful process. Don’t get me wrong – the people at Bluehost were extremely helpful and walked me through everything, but it was mentally and emotionally taxing. It made me question blogging in its entirety.

Is this really worth it? Why do I even care?

When I took a brain break to grocery shop, I thought about the last seven months of my blogging journey. I’ve grown my readership, invested in a new camera, and experienced a sense of fulfillment unlike any other. I have developed a passion for this corner of the internet, and no technology related frustrations are worth giving that up.

So alas, I powered through and made it.

*HELLO FROM THE OTHER SIDE*

I’m still working out a few kinks (the page header disappears when the internet window is too big – if you’ve experienced this and have any tips, please help a sista out), but its up and running and I could not be happier.

I’d like to give a special shout out and thank you to Georgie and Christina – the founders of the BGB Community. Without their advice, words of encouragement, and all of the support fostered through BGB, I honestly would not have made it through this process. I followed these ladies blogs long before I started my own, so it’s pretty surreal to be able to call them my bloggy buddies and friends.

Also, can we please talk about the new logo Georgie designed for me?? OBSESSED.

So I guess the point of this post can be boiled down to two things.

  1. If you are frustrated out of your mind with blog technology, do not give up. It will be ok, and you will come out of it better than ever (and with all your hair still in tact).
  2. Whether you’ve been reading for 7 days or 7 months, THANK YOU. This has been such an amazing journey, and I am so excited for all that’s yet to come.

Infinite X’s & O’s,

Bailee

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4 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood February 8, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Love reading your blog! So many great ideas!

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 9, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Thanks mom 😉 Love ya!

  • Reply Summer Hendrix February 10, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Love loOove LOVE your blog, and you! I’m definitely new to the blogging scene and still trying to find my niche, which can be quite emotional. BUT bloggers like you, who truly love connecting with their readers, make it all worthwhile.

    • Reply beetsmeblog@gmail.com February 10, 2016 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you so much summer!! I cannot atriculate how much this comment means to me. It can be incredibly frustrating and emotionally taxing but that’s part of what makes the payoff so big. I hope you got my email about self hosting – please don’t hesitate to reach out if you need any more guidance! xoxo

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