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Would I Want Today to Be Different?


Darren Rowse at Problogger.net wants to know what we would do differently if we had to start our blogs again.

Honestly, I wouldn’t change a thing. Why? Because I am very happy with the progress I’ve made with my debt reduction and I am very thankful for every visitor I have had and every comment I’ve received. I never thought my credit card debt would be where it is at right now. It may only be one dollar under $30K, but it’s still under $30K 🙂

If you think about it – if I changed one thing about how my blog developed, today would be different. I like the way my blog has progressed. I wish I had a screenshot, but my first template looked somewhat like this except the background was black. Looking back, it was sort of depressing and while I thought it was neat when I first had it, it soon didn’t fit “me.”

Then I went to a dark purple and dark green theme that I designed. Again, no screenshot. But, it was a little better than the first one in terms of a positive attitude. That one was soon replaced by my current theme which I was so glad to be able to reproduce in WordPress (I was on Blogger before).

At the moment I cannot see my theme changing but it probably will. As I learn and evolve, my blog will evolve. I think it’s great that I have this snapshot to look back upon years down the road. I believe that the human mind is complex and interesting as well as very powerful. I look at my blog as a way to understand myself a little more, and I slowly am.

So, I wouldn’t do anything differently 🙂

Should a Debt Blogger Pay For Hosting?


Thank you everyone for your patience lately with my move off of Blogspot. Getting my own hosting feels nice because I can easily back-up my blog and I also have so many options to bring my blog to life. I feel like I can pack more great resources into my blog and take it to the next level.

One of the things I’ve grappled with is why should I pay for hosting when I had it for free with Blogspot. In a way, I feel like going to paid hosting diminished my efforts a little, so I really thought about it before doing it. For the reader, do I seem more credible when I was on free hosting?

I’ve said that my income from this blog will go towards debt and it will. With just recently making enough for my first check from an advertiser soon, I felt it would be alright to use that money for a year of hosting. Thinking ahead, the particular company hosting my blog, Dreamhost, has a referral program and if a few people sign up through me I will have enough to support another year of hosting. If things work out well, I hope to not have to pay out of my pocket for hosting and the blog will pay for itself, so to speak. Note, if you do sign up for your own hosting through me, make sure you use code GIVEME50 to save $50.

I dunno, call me weird, but I just felt like I needed to get that off my chest. In a way I do feel bad for not using the money towards debt but at the same time, I feel like I can do and say so much more with my own hosted blog.

What do you think? Is obtaining your own website hosting a justifiable expense for a debt blogger?