I am new to the world of blogging and I certainly have a lot to learn! As with anything we do in life we must startat the bottom of the learning curve and that includes blogging. People who have never blogged before will probably not understand the headaches that learning to blog brings on.
Blogging is about so much more than just writing, it’s about connecting with like minded people and sharing and supporting one another. That’s the fun bit, the headache comes from the behind the scenes bit, the connecting a custom domain bit, the learning about HTML bit and getting your blog looking just as you imagine it in your head?..Sounds easy, really it’s not!
Whoever thought that blogging would be such hard work or so addictive? I started this blog about a week ago and I find that when I am not working or learning about the art of blogging, I am thinking or dreaming or having nightmares about blogging.
Last week I decided to go the whole hog and purchase a custom domain name for my blog – this blog – and followed the steps to redirect traffic from debsrandomwritings.blogpot.com to debsrandomwritings.com.
Once I had completed the process I wasn’t too worried, at first, when my blog wasn’t registering when clicked on, as blogger informed me that it could take up to 48 hours for a blog to redirect.Over 48 hours passed and still nothing! Then I started to worry.
I contacted Namecheap, which is where I purchased my domain name and they informed me that all was fine their end and that I had put the right information into the right boxes. For anyone like me, who is not a computer wizard, connecting a custom domain is a scary thing, there were codes and words and symbols that had to be put into the relevant small boxes and I generally don’t do small boxes and lists, they scare me!
I had spent many hours Googling how to do transfer my domain name to Blogger as I was scared that my computer would blow up if I didn’t do it right. So I was relieved to hear that it wasn’t a problem that I had created.
Eventually my blog pages became visible and I felt myself relax. The furrows on my forehead almost disappeared, until this morning when I clicked on my blog and got a 400 bad request error instead of my blog posts. I felt my blood pressure start to rise again as the confusion set in.
I turned to Google again and searched my heart out for an inkling of what was causing the problem.
I found some advice from someone who had encountered the same problem before, saying to try clearing the cache on the PC in question and to restart it, which I did and to my relief all seemed fine again, but not for long!
Throughout the morning, my blog has been playing now you see me – now you don’t and as Namecheap have said that all is fine their end, I am guessing that the problem lies within Blogger. I have posted a request for help on a Blogger forum and am waiting a reply.
Looking on the positive side of a what could well have been a wasted morning spent banging my head on the wall, floor and any other hard surface I could find, I have managed to sort our my custom email address and check that it’s working!! A small achievement for some, but a rather large one for me – I am well chuffed.
I have also had extra time to tinker on Google+, which I am also in the process of getting the hang of and which I hope will be a friendly place to share my blog and to find other interesting blogs to read.
I am sure that my blogging headache will linger until I have learned enough about blogging to be able to relax and that will start once I know that my blog is 100% visible to anyone who wants to take the time to read it.
*Update – I would really like to say a big thank you to nitecruzr who helped me out with my 404 error page, through the blogger forum. Apparently I had put the wrong numbers in for a redirect to work properly. He or she was exceedingly patient, but I have no doubt that they knew they were dealing with a complete and utter computer imbecile! As a way of saying thank you I would like to share his or her blogging website, which answers many questions that bloggers like myself might ask.
Please feel free to share your blogging nightmares, it’s always nice to know that other people encounter similar problems.
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