I just read this fascinating article about the ‘people rental’ business in Japan and am somehow not shocked at all that this is a thing! I mean, I am somewhat surprised that some of the available rentals are infants (it sounds like they are accompanied by their parents) but I can totally understand the niche that this service satisfies. The extremes that people will go to in an effort to cultivate a perfect image is unsettling but a stand in mom for those who have lost their own? A kid to take to the movies, a grandmother to take flowers to – people have found a way to have human contact without actually really having it. Billions of people on Earth to interact with and we have reduced it to mere transactions. Then I read an article about how scientists are developing ways to block out the sun to inhibit climate change and have also reversed aging in mice. String those together; humans want to live forever, block out the sun rather than just find ways to reduce pollution all while paying strangers to spend time with us. What a time to be alive.
So! Big announcement or not, it feels big to me because I have been going back and forth on this for ages and finally committed to going self-hosted this weekend. I’m doing it, it’s happening. I had been putting it off for so long mostly because of the cost and the fact that I can’t do basic math. I had it in my mind that it was going to run me almost $300 which is triple what I pay for premium WordPress but 3.95/month is like 40 bucks and I am an idiot.
Why I am going self-hosted? I don’t really know, blogging is a hobby for me and I love doing it but I don’t really have an end-game here. I do know that when I see a really stunning blog though, 7.5 times out of 10, it is self-hosted. Not to say that you can’t create a really fantastic blog with WordPress but I have used so many themes and tested the limits of them to the point that I want more. I want total creative control of my blog and I think that self-hosted is the best way to go to achieve this. Also, I feel like my blog is a bit stagnate as of late and I know it’s not supposed to be about the views but I can’t deny that it’s a little disheartening when I feel like I write a better than good piece and it receives the same amount of feedback as a mediocre piece that I am less than proud of. I hope that a new space will spark new creativity which will lead to better content. Also, I appreciate all of the views/likes and comments that I do receive – I love that people read my content so many thanks. Finally, while I am not setting out to do a whole ‘re-brand’ I think that this will present an opportunity to expand my blog content. Doing the whole minimalist thing is such a juxtaposition to being a makeup junkie that I am finding a hard time striking a balance and hope that again, a new space helps me find a different stride.
That transition will begin Saturday afternoon and depending on how well it goes, you may never hear from me again 😛 In all seriousness, I have noticed that blogs that do go self-hosted often disappear from my reader even if they appear to be using a WordPress plug-in. That sucks but I will keep an eye on it and hopefully I keep showing up in your reader!
If you have any tips or wisdom to share on the process, let me know! I am using BlueHost which claims to be a ‘one-click’ process but I will be sure to share my experience once it’s all said and done.
As always, thanks for stopping by <3