On the Blogging Curve – Learning from mistakes

Learning from mistakes.

As all my readers know, I’ve been blogging for a while – a long, long while. Ten years or maybe even more. Like many bloggers, I’m a self-taught blogger and made many mistakes. As a matter of fact, I still make mistakes. And with every learning, I’ve written about it in the hope that others won’t make the same. 

But, I still to make mistakes – new ones.

However, this doesn’t really faze me because I firmly believe that one only learns through mistakes.

For instance, after my last post, I realised that my WP version needed to be updated. This was after I discovered that my NEW  media files weren’t being uploaded onto my posts.

At first, I thought it was a phone issue so I went through the hoops with Apple.

But it turned out it was a WP issue. So I did the obvious and turned to Jetpack.

It seems that since my blog is self-hosted, only my hosting provider could help me.

But SiteGround, my hosting provider told me that I had exceeded my 20GB server space and needed to delete some files in order to update WP to the latest version.

Now, this has to be done manually.

Nothing can be scarier than this to a person who is a self-taught computer geek.

I am not only technophobic but forgetful to boot. I simply can’t remember what the steps actually are. Working with two open screens is something I am not comfortable with and since Dummies for Dummies no longer exists, I am stumped.

Honestly, I am scared to follow the steps suggested in the link forwarded by Jetpack because I stand to lose the entire content if I press the wrong button.

I am, therefore, going through each and every blog post and trashing the irrelevant ones.

I don’t know if this will work but this was my Eureka moment! Finally, I have an insight as to why my blog was languishing in terms of visitors and views.

My blog was actually an online journal. And everyone knows that unless you are a celebrity, no one is interested in whether or not you have brushed your teeth! Click To Tweet

So perhaps my # WOTY: REFRESH is turning out to be more prophetic after all!

By the time I finish this exercise, I will have completely refreshed not only my blog but my approach to blogging itself. I will finally have understood what the gurus have been saying all along

  • Find a niche
  • Generate relevant content
  • Ensure that every post has a takeaway

So my  6 takeaways from this post are

  • Learning is a lifelong process
  • If you can’t learn from a manual, be prepared to learn from your mistakes
  • Everything does work out for the best
  • Choose carefully while choosing a blogging platform
  • Don’t go self-hosted unless you are really tech savvy
  • Always ensure that your blog host and service provider are one and the same.

Are you one of those bloggers who bumble through the blogosphere? Are any of you out there able to help me with how to tackle this?

Waiting to sort things out,


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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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14 Responses

  1. I bumble through all of these things, too Sunita. That’s why I have a person to help me, because I’m worse than soggy noodles when it comes to tech.

    Hope all this gets sorted out soon for you.

  2. Alana says:

    I can’t help you, alas. With my 10 years of experience on Blogger, I’ve been seriously thinking of moving my blog to WordPress but I am not ready for the learning curve. Your troubles make me think that I should not go the self hosted route if I do. So all I will do is cheer you on in refreshing.

  3. arv says:

    Those are three good points which everyone can benefit from, Sunita.

    • Bellybytes says:

      Thanks ARV . I am still working on trying to get my new media posts on my blog . Hope to be able to do this and wrote another post on how to not good up !

  4. Debbie D. says:

    Can I ever relate to this! 😀 I went self-hosted in 2013 and it has been one hell of a steep learning curve. That said, I’m fascinated by the tech aspects (also self-taught) and fairly fearless about trying to fix things. As a result, there have been a few disasters, including a near-fatal crash of the website in 2017. Thankfully, I was able to get back and Bluehost has been helpful, throughout. Deleting files is something that needs to be done if you’ve been blogging a long time unless you want to step up to more expensive hosting, which offers addional space. Here’s hoping you get it all sorted out! Let me know if I can be of assistance. Cheers!
    Debbie D. recently posted…INSTAGRAM ROUNDUP EPISODE TEN #WordlessWednesday #WWMy Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      That was a very encouraging comment ! It has given me hope and explains why I’m facing these problems . My hosting plan ends this June and I think I’ll stop SiteGround and stick with WP’s paid but not self hosted plan

  5. Sandomina says:

    Well articulated. I wish my website was as beautiful as your. Do visit my website insightful.co.in to hear my story. Regards.

  6. Obsessivemom says:

    My one fear is that due to some stupid tech error I will lose my blog. I went self-hosted a few years ago and I’m not sure it was a wise move because I find myself floundering all the while. I had thought it would be a one-time thing and all I would have to do is shell out some money each year. But now I realise it isn’t that simple. I cannot understand their mails and always get into a tizzy when I see one for them. Like a dodo I keep ignoring them, not the best thing to do I know. Sigh! You do see why this is a sore topic for me.
    Also, a suggestion – put up the query at the BAR and someone will help out for sure.
    Obsessivemom recently posted…A Bookish February #GratitudeCircleMy Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      Thanks Tulika. I managed to sort things out somewhat.
      I will have to pay more for more storage or else delete the old /irrelevant blog posts
      With guidance from SiteGround and the encouragement of Debbie D, I approached the problem.
      It is a slow process but I will get there .
      I refuse to spend any more money than I already have . Blogging is not getting me any money so I don’t want to invest in it apart from time .
      Besides I like learning and sorting out things ….

  7. Vinitha says:

    When one starts to blog the technical aspects and other minute details never make an appearance. All these start to take up our time as we get more and more hooked into blogging. In a way it’s our willingness to explore more that unravels the complicated areas of blogging. Right? I hope everything is sorted out now, Sunita. I’m slowly learning to write posts with takeaways and such. A long way to go. But no matter what writing and sharing gives me joy if not traffic and better stats. 🙂
    Vinitha recently posted…Gratitude List – FebruaryMy Profile

    • Bellybytes says:

      You’ve put it correctly Vinita. Part of the joy of blogging is also the learning . I’ve found out what needs to be done and am slowly getting there . But once I address the problem something else will come up 😉 .That’s the beauty of life !

  8. Mark Rothko says:

    Great post as always, thank you

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