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last post of 2015!

Last night I got an email from Jetpack/Wordpress with my 2015 overview for this blog. Since I shared it last year, I figured I’d share it again this year. It seems they’ve done it a bit differently this year and it won’t just show up in a new post, I’ll have to share the link.

Anyway, here it is if you’re interested!

Martina’s Blog Summary for 2015 That Isn’t That Much Different Than 2014, But It’s A New Year, Which Means Anything Is Possible

If I don’t get back here before the ball drops, I hope everyone has a happy, safe and healthy new year! You guys don’t know how much you truly mean to me (even though I say it all the time) and without you this blog would have probably been forgotten about a looong time ago.

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to self host or not to self host?

This is going to be a quick post, I promise. You guys know I finally decided to self-host this lovely little place on the internet. I made this decision, as I’ve said before, because in doing so everything I post here will be owned by me. I am most concerned with my photos. I’m no Annie Lebovitz, but still they’re mine and I’d like to keep it that way. Unless I’m totally misunderstanding the meaning of self-hosting, which wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

I went back and forth with which company to use. I looked into GoDaddy, Blue Host, e-host, and some others. I Googled for a few days, made pro/con lists, agonized over the situation. That may sound dramatic, but this was something I only wanted to do once so I had to make sure I was making the right choice. I looked into the hosts that WordPress recommends, Blue Host and Siteground. Without going into the boring details, I went with Siteground and I am very happy.

If you couldn’t tell, I’m a bit neurotic when it comes to big decisions. I need every question answered, every fear assuaged. Siteground has excellent 24/7 customer service. I know this because I was live chatting with them at 1am, asking them about billing. Who needs sleep? I HAVE A BLOG TO RUN. That’s the other great thing about them. Live chat. No pesky phone calls!

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I don’t know anything about coding or HTML so that was another thing that was freaking me out about this decision. Luckily, Siteground did all of the work for me. I also downloaded WordPress. This is standard with self-hosting (look at me, talking like I know things). With this, you are able to add plug ins to your site. One of the plug ins I use and really like is JetPack. Their customer service is amazing also. They too have been a victim to my neurotic “WHY ISN’T THIS WORKING? HELP ME. I THINK I BROKE IT!” emails. Then we laugh about what a psycho I am. All in good fun.

Another reason I went with Siteground was price. I felt that, compared to the other sites I was looking at, they were very reasonable. Like some of the other hosts, they offer a WordPress package. It’s $3.95 a month for a year. After a year it goes up to $9.95 a month. Still not too bad. That’s for the StartUp package. With that I get 10GBs of space, email, and can have up to 10,000 monthly site visits. Honestly, if I ever had a month where I had that many site visits, I think I’d die.

I’m going to include my referrer link right here. If you click that and sign up I could get 3 months free! So, please click and sign up! I really do like Siteground and would recommend them even if they didn’t ask me to.

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