One of the promises I made to myself when joining Blaugust this year was that if I made it all the way through, I’d set up a regular website again, rather than being dependent on WordPress.com or buying their pricey Premium packages. Well, I didn’t make it all the way through Blaugust, fizzling out due to craziness at work and other real life matters, but I made it much longer than I thought I would, so I decided to gift myself the self-hosted site anyway. At the suggestion of Faeldray, I went with A Small Orange for shared hosting at $50/year, which I think is very reasonable. So far I’m loving their service and simplicity, and it feels good to be back in control of the site. 🙂
Then I took a cue from Belghast and installed the GeneratePress theme with the additional plug-in package that (for a one-time $30 fee) allows you very powerful customization of the theme. So far I love it. I’ve been playing with it all day and it’s super-easy and super-flexible, more so than any other theme that I’ve tried. This could be dangerous, because I’ll always find *something* to tweak.
So while I won’t be a Blaugust winner this year, I’m still happy with the outcome. I’ll be blogging here maybe 2-3 times a week, or whenever I have something to say. I definitely won’t be forcing myself to post every single day, but it might happen sometimes. Congratulations to all the Blaugust winners, I hope that this month was as good of an exercise for you as it was for me. 🙂