Over the last week, I moved my blog from Blogger (blogspot.com) to a WordPress powered format on a self-hosted website. WordPress has more features and flexibility. For example, it allows the blog to have separate pages for information about the blog, links, the archive, etc. I spontaneously decided to move after I found a design I liked.
When I started my first blog, I wanted to keep it low key. My plan was to simply write on my reflections without making an effort to spread the word about it. However, a friend of mine discovered my site and encouraged me to let more people know about it. He felt it would be good to have more websites about trying to practice authentically visible on the internet. My own teacher recently talked about the internet as an important medium of communication. He encouraged his students to write about their experience putting the Dharma into practice.
With this in mind, I considered making my blog a bit more public. I feel I am not a very good practitioner, but I am genuinely trying. So I decided, “OK, why not?” As I am living far away from many of my friends, the internet is a good way to connect with them. Maybe some people will find a bit of inspiration here and there on the blog.
Generally, the technical transition went quite smoothly, but a few days ago I noticed something wasn’t working right. I could no longer import photos from my computer. Emergency lights went on! I had to quickly learn the hard way how to back-up and reinstall the blog. It took quite a few hours. The fact that we only have a slow dial-up internet connection did not help. Unfortunately, after a lot of effort, I discovered that installing everything freshly did not solve the problem. It was very frustrating.
My wife noticed how much I was agonizing over the problem and tried to comfort me, but I just responded by being annoyed and grumpy. I just wanted the darn blog to work right. Period! After I tried the most obvious steps to fix the problem, evening came and I had to let go. The next morning I wrote to my hosting company and explained what was happening. Generally, they don’t help with problems running a site, but I asked them to check if something was working incorrectly on their end. To my surprise, this was the case, and an hour later the problem was fixed. Happy ending!
It was a frustrating day, but I learned several new tricks about how to run my own blog site. In hindsight, I could also see how caught up and obsessed I became over the problem. That’s an even more valuable insight.