Can a Blogger Give Up Social Media and Survive?

Is great content without promotion enough to keep a blog going? I may find out, because I'm just about done with social media. I spend so much time on social media, that I don't blog as much as I should. I don't even WORK as much as I should. I have no life outside this house. My online friends are becoming my ONLY friends, and that is just sad.

I'm starting a social media vacation tomorrow, Feb. 26, 2014. I'm moving May 3, so I won't be posting until after that.

I did this before for 30 days and failed miserably, but this time it's different. This time I have tons of other stuff that needs to be done -- like writing and packing and such. I just don't have time to socialize. Once I get there, I will be involved in the community gardening and sustainability communities, and maybe Occupy. I think my socializing IRL will trump my socializing online.

Of course, I won't forget my online friends entirely. The important ones have my email address, and can stay in touch that way. The most important ones have my phone number.

I don't worry about losing blog readers. I'll just start writing more frequent and more searchable posts. From what I have seen of my stats, most of my traffic comes from Google anyway, so I won't be losing much. If I get to write more often, I'll get more traffic by default, right?

So if you like the blogs, but only read when I post on Twitter or G+, this would be the time to subscribe through RSS or email.

Bye Bye, GoDaddy!

Since my last post on why I am leaving GoDaddy, things have gotten strange. First, my password did not work for my account, and they kept rejecting every password I tried to create. I finally got THAT straightened out after about an hour of trying to set different new passwords until they accepted one. I guess they would call this "security," but since the password resets were coming straight to my email, I don't know what else I could have done to "prove" it was me. Well, at least they are trying to boost security, gotta give 'em that.

I will report one good thing that has happened. Your payment method with the type of card and last 4 digits is no longer on your dashboard, which makes it a lot more secure, but still not good enough to keep me.

GoDaddy used to be really nice about renewing domains. In fact, they gave you almost 45 days to renew before they parked it or charged you any extra. I guess with people leaving in droves, they need the money, so they don't do that anymore. Now you only have 5 days before they park your domain, making your website seemingly inaccessible.

I received a notice that three of my domains had expired on Feb. 16, and if I did not renew it before February 27, they would charge me an additional $80. The problem with that is, this ISN'T what their site says. If you can't read the screenshot, you can see it yourself HERE.

The relevant part is where it says that after Day 12, you have until Day 19 before you have to pay the $80.00, yet they were saying in the email that I had to pay it before Day 12. I tried to call them, but decided it wasn't worth it, since I would be transferring all the names anyway. I had a couple I bought for $.99 just to try them out that I won't be transferring, because I never did anything with them. Those will go back to the open market once I cancel my account, I believe. Not sure what the law is on that.

They had already parked Maxing the Minimal, which I was not aware of until today, because they did not notify me it was being parked. Still, I don't seem to have lost any views so far, but I've reverted back to the blogspot address and will continue to post links from that domain until my transfer is complete. Sometimes, GoDaddy can get snitty and not let your transfer go through for days or even weeks.

I have five more domains to transfer, which will be done as quickly as possible. I'd have done them all today, but I didn't have enough money.

You have to jump through a lot of hoops to transfer a domain name. After you've done everything you need to do on Namecheap (or whichever registrar you're transferring to), you have to still look out for more verification emails before the transfer starts. With GoDaddy, you actually have to go to your account and approve the transfer.  So don't think it's all over after you've done what you have to do with your new registrar. Keep checking your email and make sure you complete all the steps.

After GoDaddy transfers your domain, you new registrar will let you know, and then you have to set up your DNS all over again. Crazy, right? Yes, but well worth it to be out of the clutches of GoDaddy.


Freeware of the Week: Find Out Who is Connecting to Your Computer

With hacking and internet spying becoming more prominent, you can't be too safe. Even your own internet provider can be spying on you. If you are not online, and your modem looks like it's still being used, you may have been hacked.

Thanks to a nifty little free program called ShareWatch, you can find out who you are sharing your info with, be it your IP or the government.

Read more and find a free download here.


Constant Blogger Glitches Making Me Move to Self-Hosted Platform

I love Blogger, and have defended it against all detractors for years, but I'm sick to death of all the glitches now. These are the ones I have run up against lately that have changed my mind and made me decide to move to a self-hosted platform:

1.  Bullet points don't work.  I didn't even try to put bullet points on this post, because they seemingly are not working anymore. The HTML is there, but for some reason, they don't show up indented with numbers.

2.  Spacing is wonky. I sometimes have to go in two or three times to preview and fix spacing problems, especially when I use bullet points.

3.  Can't use outside share widget under posts anymore.  I've tried and tried to make this work. I thought it might be the custom template, so I did a  test with a straight Simple Blogger template, but still no joy. The ones I already have still work, but I can't add any to new blogs. The default widget is just plain ugly, and even that doesn't work with some custom templates.

4. Post template options don't work right. You can check and uncheck anything you want, but that doesn't mean it will show or not show. There is no rhyme or reason to it.

In short, I can't format my blog or posts the way I want. I spend way too much time trying to fix the messes and posting on the help forum.

Blogger used to be awesome until they started making so many major changes to the templates. Since I can't make their templates work the way I want, I use outside custom templates, which Blogger seems not to like at all. It will be a lot of work switching over, and I don't know what blog service I'll be using yet, but it will be worth it in the long run, since Blogger does not seem to be able to get their shite together.