Ok, so it’s been a hot minute since I fired this thing up…and I’ve already had my first meltdown. It was more of a tantrum of sorts. With tears and all.
It happened Friday afternoon as I was tinkering around on Blogger – which is where I thought I wanted to host this blog. Without doing much research, I had decided on Blogger mainly because that’s what most of the blogs I follow were using and if it’s part of Google, it must be good, right?
Things were going smoothly until I attempted to add my personal domain that I had purchased to the Blogger account I had just created. This is the help page I was directed to:
Just take a quick look through those steps. Looks easy, right? Ha! No.
I decided to take a breath and go through it step-by-step, but these eleven steps might as well have been written in a different language. My frustration began when I got to step four: CNAMEs! This required additional steps that included googling what exactly “CNAME” stood for (it means ‘Canonical Name Record’…obviously) and where to find my personal one.
I continued on with my little cheerleader voice in the background: “You’re a smart girl, you can do this.” But, things only got worse on step five when I was asked to “locate the DNS” and then directed to “enter the CNAMEs”. M’kay, that’s when I lost it. Like I said, it was now clear that I had no idea what I was doing and I just about gave up on the whole idea in that very moment. Ugh, just thinking about it now gives me anxiety all over again.
Through my tears, I managed to shoot off a Facebook message to a friend from high school who has built a business in digital media and website development. His words of advice: “Start with WordPress. Don’t do Blogger. WordPress is like Blogger but much better.” I obliged, set up my WordPress account (sans tears!) and here I am.
This post isn’t meant to hate on Blogger. If I could have worked through that set-up page I’m sure I would have loved it. However, the onslaught of ‘techy’ terms right off the bat killed it for me.
I’m sure one day, probably some day soon, WordPress is going to have me in the same position. I know the time will come when I’m going to be so frustrated and upset and annoyed that I’ll want to give up. But I can’t. And I won’t.
So until that day comes, I’m just going to sit here and admire what I’ve accomplished with my little site so far 🙂