Annnnnnd…we’re back. (What I learned at WordCamp, Part 2)

Here’s the #2 thing I learned at WordCamp.

Continued from this post.
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Crowd at State of the Word address. Photo credit: Casey Alexander, Creative Commons License

It’s okay to “just be a blogger.”

Which is why this blog is now BACK AT WORDPRESS.COM.

I do not have to learn code.

No need to be a developer.

Although learning about SEO is fun and I like it, I don’t even have to do that.

My Thursday train arrived with an hour to spare. Ruth (see earlier post) convinced me to join the volunteer party instead of disappearing to my hotel.

Thank goodness.

I met Dennis. In addition to being an event speaker and all-around good guy, he’s also a Happiness Engineer.

And he spoke those eight little words I’d been dying to hear.

“There’s nothing wrong with ‘just’ being a blogger.” 

Ever since the last WordCamp (around 98% of attendees were technical, not writers), I really, really REALLY tried to follow their advice. “Get a domain and self-host.”

I got a domain. (This, actually, IS a good idea.)

Joined BlueHost to have a self-hosted blog. (At least for this gal…not so much.)

Although I’m truly interested in SEO, I just want to write. Gaining a clearer understanding of search and meta and how things work isn’t a bad thing, but I don’t want to do that every day.

I’m no quitter. Not usually. But today, I called to cancel my BlueHost account.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Get your own domain. It’s your brand. I still own caseyalexanderblog.com for a year, but from here on out, you’ll be seeing hypervigilant.org as the new brand. If you’ve been around a while, you know why. If you’re new, I’ll explain sometime soon.
  2. Don’t self-host unless you enjoy the work. Self-hosting is only fun if you want to handle everything yourself. If, like me, you just want to write, you don’t need that.
  3. Get your domain through WordPress.com (no, they’re not paying me to say this). You get to keep all the cool features I lost when I went to BlueHost. There were no “reblog” or “follow” buttons. No community of readers and bloggers. I had ZERO new followers on the new blog. WordPress is where it’s at. (Yes, that’s bad grammar. Hush.)
  4. Reach out to a Happiness Engineer. Check the forums and help pages first, but if your issue isn’t resolved, check with a Happiness Engineer. Making people happy is what they do. No kidding.

So…if you’re new, welcome!  I’m Casey, occasionally called hypervigilant. I like to write. I’m a blogger.

Thank you, Dennis, for saving my love of blogging.

Also, big thanks to Dean, Praveen, Zandy, Nicola and last but CERTAINLY not least, Naoko, some of the best Happiness Engineers in the Land. In the world, for that matter. You guys rock.

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Posted on December 8, 2015, in Blogging101, Education, WordCamp, WordPress, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Hey there! This is my first visit to your blog! We are a
    team of volunteers and starting a new project in a community in the same niche.
    Your blog provided us useful information to
    work on. You have done a marvellous job!

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  2. This is really great info. There’s been a few people pushing me towards self-hosting, but I think I am ok with just being a blogging…for now.

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    • It does seem worth the $ to get your own domain with WordPress, so I did that; “hypervigilant.org” is a whole lot easier to communicate than “caseyalexanderblog.wordpress.com” …so I’d go for it.

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  3. Great info. Lucky me I recently found your blog by accident (stumbleupon).
    I have saved it for later!

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  4. Thanks for the kind words, and I’m glad to help!

    You know where to find us. 🙂

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  5. I was so happy to see your new domain name when I accessed your site. It was nice meeting you, Casey. I enjoyed talking with you! Looking forward to more posts on your blog with a brand-new domain. Yay!

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    • Thank you again for taking time to talk with me!!! Oh, and don’t forget to get the Dr. Seuss book: One Fish, Two Fish. 🙂 One thing I thought of; he does sometimes make up fake words. But the rhyme and rhythm definitely make it worth reading. My kids also really liked Pete the Cat when they were younger. I’ll let you know if I think of others.

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  6. Aww thanks and yes that does make sense, I will have to think about it 🙂 Thanks for explaining!

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  7. Welcome back dear friend!! Missed ya! So can you tell me what is the benefit of having your own domain. Do you mean the ad that comes up on my blog every now and then about paying a yearly subscription to upgrade. I never quite understood, cause I too love to write, but am NOT tech savvy. What are the benefits of it? And by the way love the name hypervigilant 🙂

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    • I missed you, too! 🙂 I’m so happy to be home.
      You’ll be easier for people to find, and for them to remember (if I tell someone my address is caseyalexanderblog.wordpress.com, that’s a whole lot harder to remember than hypervigilant.org, especially if they’ve heard the story). For instance, I really really really love reading a blog called HarshReality. I know his name now, but back when I first started blogging, I’d forget the “person” name but the blog name was easy to remember. It’s your brand. I saw this firsthand at WordCamp; one of the organizers said, “Oh, I remember you—you’re…Casey….blog…Casey…ALEXANDER. Caseyalexanderblog, right?” If I’d had a shorter brand name, he probably would have said something like, “Oh, right, Casey from Hypervigilant!” Make sense? There are probably other benefits, but that’s the main one for me.

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