Blog Problems: Learn From My Mistake

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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?

24 comments:

  1. Oh wow! That is lame! I hate it when things I remove from a post leave code behind. I have thought about moving my blog, too, but after 10 years, I'm just not sure I have the oomphf for it.

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    1. Yeah, whenever I think if moving, I think, "Uuuuuuuugh! Work!"

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  2. I once had a problem on my blog and WP was great at walking me through it and it was resolved rather quickly. I sometimes consider going self-hosted on WP too, but I'm scared. I am not as computer savvy as you and I'm afraid I'll be left floundering.

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    1. Don't know if I'm computer savvy but thanks. So, WP is helpful too. Blogger is not.

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  3. Chris, I made the move after 6 years of blogging to self hosting. I was scared as heck because I was worried about losing all that I have done but thankfully my friend back in NB who does this for a living made the move for me and I am on his hosting site. Nothing was lost and it was the easiest thing to do. Knock on wood since April when he did the move there's been no issues at all. I am happy with the move

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    1. I think I'd feel more confident if I had someone else do it for me. I'm glad it all worked out for you!

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  4. I was on WordPress for about two years, and I found them extremely helpful. You're right, with Blogger it's you against the world, I'm still with a Blogger though because they're familiar to me. Like Andi, I don't want to learn anything overwhelmingly new at this point. That doesn't help you, but I can advocate for Word Press and their efficiency.

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    1. Blogger and WP are so different. Whenever I hear the word Plugin, I freeze. What is that even? If they were the same, I could see myself doing it right quick. I'm set in my blogger ways at this point.

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  5. I never had any problems with Blogger, but wanted some of the features of WP and switched to self hosted last month. It ended up being really easy, but I did have someone do it for me, which I'd definitely recommend. There are a few wrinkles to work out with learning the new system, but they're really not all that different and WP really does make blogging life much easier.

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    1. Everyone who has somebody else do it for them seems really happy about moving. hmm...

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  6. I'm so sorry you had trouble but I'm glad you got it figured out. After years of being generally satisfied with Blogger and repeating to myself that 'free is a very good price' I have found myself becoming more and more dissatisfied. I'm fairly tech savvy but the thought of moving 8 years worth of blog to self-hosted Wordpress makes me nervous. I've been saving money to be able to pay someone with experience to move and set up my blog in Wordpress for me. I'm getting closer and closer to making the change.

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    1. Free is a very good price! I've also always thought that since I haven't invested a lot of money into it, I could quit anytime if I had to.

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  7. I ran into a problem I could't solve with Blogger after many years with them. I ended up moving over to Word Press and I really like it. It took some effort to figure things out there, and it will take some time to build things back up to where they were, but I've found it reinvigorated my blogging. I highly recommend changing platforms.

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  8. After 7 years on Blogger myself, I'm also contemplating the self-hosted WP switch, but haven't decided yet. We should confer'

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  9. Ha, I've also been thinking about this very thing. I have another blog self-hosted on WP and I've enjoyed using it. But the thought of switching everything...ugh...

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    1. I've contributed to WP blogs but never owned one myself. Maybe I should get a free one just to test it out.

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  10. I have a self-hosted blog on Blogger, and I've worked with Wordpress quite a bit through other blogs. It's kind of like choosing the lesser of two evils—each one has issues. Personally I prefer Blogger because it's easier to do this on it. With word press you have to download a special widget to do ANYTHING, it seems like.

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    1. Yes, I don't even know where to start with those widgets.

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  11. YES!! Blogger helps with nothing. I have had many issues and well yes I did figure them out too on my own. But it is free so what can I expect? And to be honest... I want blogging to be free. So I won't move. Glad to hear about this though.. I didn't ever think about embedding something on the blog and them spamming it somehow. I can't imagine what you went through though. On my blog I just kept having a lot of issues and discover that my template was too old. Blogger had moved up in the world and mine was made in 2004. So I just dumped it, got a temp one and am waiting for my new look. Honestly getting an updated template has done wonders!

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    1. I keep thinking about updating my template too, but I am feeling lazy. And yes, other than buying my domain, I like keeping blogging free too.

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  12. Aw, this sounds stressful. I'm glad you were finally able to figure out what the problem was! I've never had a problem with an embedded gif before. I am sad to discover that is a possibility -- I always embed my gifs because I am lazy. :p

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    1. It's really weird. I googled this issue and only found my and Trish's post about it. Maybe it is a new problem.

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