Not sure if you noticed, but my blog was acting wonky the last couple of days. Upon landing here on the homepage, if you or I attempted to click on anything on the page, you would stay exactly where you were- on the homepage. Like a kind of purgatory. This was very frustrating to me.
Since this was a recent issue, I thought it had to have been something I did in the last couple of days, but what I didn’t know. I do what I always do when something strange happens on my blog. I Googled it, and came up with nothing. I then searched the Blogger forum. Nothing. So, finally I reached out to the Blogger forum readers, and waited. I had one reply.
I’m stubborn so I started fiddling with my blog. Combing through this and that. Clearing my cache. Removing links. Pages. Ads. Nothing worked. Finally, I remembered that Trish had an issue a last month involving a gif.
I had embedded a gif on my The Bees review from a gif site (Giphy). I usually just save gifs to my computer and put them in myself. This was the first time I had put an embedded gif in a post. That gif of Bee Girl slowed down my blog so I removed it later in the day. I just deleted the pic. This was my mistake. After looking at the source code for the post, I saw that a portion of the code for the gif was still it the post. It didn’t appear on the post when published but it was hidden in the body of the post’s source code. A simple thing but one that incapacitated my blog.
I learned a few things: 1) be wary of embedded gifs, 2) always check the source code first, and 3) when it comes to a free blog service like Blogger if you have an issue, you’re pretty much on your own.
The third was the biggest lesson for me. I don’t mind troubleshooting on my own usually, if someone else out there had the same problem and found a solution for it and blogged about it. In this case, I felt all alone. No matter how many searches I ran for some variation of “blog stuck on homepage” I found nothing. This made me seriously consider switching to self-hosting on Wordpress. At least there is tech help available when you choose this route.
So, I’m still thinking about it. It just seems so messy and time consuming and stressful and I’m imagining myself in tears with a disappeared blog. I’ve been a Blogger blogger for 7 years, guys! The thought of moving my blog overwhelms me.
What do you think? Is moving to self-hosting scary? Have you done it? Was it a lot of work? Did you lose anything?