This morning I had a message from my friend sweetgirl, who had woken up to find her blog suspended by WordPress, with no warning and no explanation. This is a recurring theme, and hoping that it doesn’t happen to you is not going to protect you. There is a push out there to remove adult content from many of the platforms we use, and WordPress and Blogger have the reputation of simply getting rid of blogs like ours, without a sniff of warning.
Sweetgirl was lucky enough to have a short window where she could recover some of her content, but her images and followers were all lost. This can be devastating when you have spent a long time building up a bank of content, and a strong following. Despite the fact that she did not feel she had broken the terms and conditions, WordPress decided that she had. Interestingly enough, she has had no response from WordPress to any of the correspondence she has sent to them regarding this, or the transfer of her material.
If you were one of the 300 followers of Sweetgirl’s Journal, then you can find her new self-hosted site at www.sweetgirlsjournal.com
How do I move my blog and self-host?
I do not pretend to be any sort of expert on this, but thankfully, I know a man who is. Michael Knight or @Domsigns to the Twitter world, explains exactly what to do in this fantastic article, To selfhosting we will go which is part of the blog on the Eroticon site. It explains exactly how to go about moving your content. To be honest. I had not understood the need to move and self-host our blogs, until I heard Michael speak at Eroticon last year.
For those of you who are like HisLordship and I, having a step by step article like this may still leave you scratching your head (HL) or crying into your hands (me), when it does not all go according to plan. Do not worry if this is the case. I would highly recommend engaging the services of @Domsigns on a professional level, as he will make sure that the scratching and tears are kept to a minimum. Seriously, if you have a close relationship with your blog and feel quite emotional about it, it is well worth paying someone who knows what they are doing. And he does.
I know that there is a cost to self-host, but if you want to be able to keep your content safe, then it is well worth doing as soon as you can afford it. I know that when I started off I was not really sure where my blog would go, but a few months down the line, I felt proud of what I had been able to achieve. There other advantages too. When you self-host you will be able to use some of the cool plugins and features that are on offer out there to really personalise your site and create a feel which is your own. In addition, you will have the power to use SEO to generate more traffic to your blog, so in the long-term, it will be a good move.
I know that for many, this is all old news and you were (quite literally) converted some time ago. However, I do know that there are others, with really great blogs, who are still posting away unaware of the risks. And it is always better to be safe than sorry.