I started my first website in 1998.
It wasn’t a blog, per se, because blogging didn’t exist then. I built a website about homeschooling at GeoCities. This was before Yahoo bought them, when they very first began. (It just occurred to me that this means I’ve been at this thing for 21 years. I hadn’t thought about it that way!) I didn’t have plans for my first website, I just wanted to play around and teach myself how to build a website, and since I had just begun homeschooling I decided to post resources and thoughts about that. All I wanted to do was learn the new technology.
Now it’s 2019, soon to be 2020, and I still don’t really have an agenda.
I did, for a while. When I began my first real blog at WordPress.com, I dove headlong into homeschool blogging. There was a growing homeschool blogging community, and I started connecting with others like me through WordPress’s built-in search. One blog friend and I both migrated to our own self-hosted sites together after about four years on the .COM. Her husband taught me, via AOL Instant Messenger, how to break my XML file into smaller pieces (because the WordPress importer wouldn’t work due to the enormous size of my file) so that I could import my entire catalog of posts and images into my new site. It was a busy time of daily writing, blogging, learning all of the back-end technical things, and A LOT of 2am bedtimes.
I currently have two blogs and I’m OVER the technology.
🙂 My homeschool blog is still up and running, mainly because I don’t yet have the heart to kill it, even though I retired from home education two years ago. It still earns me about $40 a month in Amazon affiliate deposits, and a couple of Google Adsense deposits a year despite the fact that I haven’t written a word there in two years. This blog is supposed to be my change-of-life, next season site. The URL is my full name. I was starting to write here somewhat regularly, but as I began my faith deconstruction and eventual deconversion, I started becoming uncomfortable with my full name being the location for the site so I started another one.
Now I am again looking at these two sites and trying to decide what to do. I have made the internal transition to being agnostic, I changed my Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram handles, and I’ve made some amazing connections with humans who are helping me grow in so many directions. Now, should I import some or most of my posts from my other personal site, or not? That is the question. At this point, I have about 5 readers. This site isn’t exactly high on the Google rankings. Ha! My other site gets around 100 visitors a day. I could simply redirect them here, following the posts they were clicking on to reach there in the first place. I just don’t know.