The Downside to Self Hosting

As some of you probably already know from this post What’s Going On With My Blog? (I Need Your Help) I’ve recently become self hosted. While I absolutely love it, there are some drawbacks that keep me from loving it as much as I could. I wanted to share them with you guys so that if you’re thinking of doing the same thing, you’ll know exactly what you’re getting into.

While your followers can still view you in the WP Reader under the Sites I  Follow tab, you can’t be seen anywhere else in the reader. That means you won’t be seen on the  Discover tab, or anywhere else. It also means that your tags don’t work in some ways. While they make for effective buzz wording on your self hosted site, they don’t do anything in the reader. This has left me double posting, in an effort to be discoverable by those who don’t follow my blog.

I post on http://www.poisonedannie.com first, and then I post on the wordpress blog. It’s actually increased the time it takes me to complete a post by quite a bit. 

The other thing I’m noticing about having a self hosted blog, is that my posts no longer get the love they used to. My actual blog http://www.poisonedannie.com only gets a quarter of the likes and comments I used to draw in. My wordpress blog gets about half. There’s a reason for this. When you go from wordpress to self hosted, you lose some things. While your followers and comments can be migrated over, your likes can not (at least not that I’m aware of, please correct me if I’m wrong). Your views also don’t get migrated over. This isn’t the biggest deal ( to some), but it becomes harder to get new likes and views. That’s because when you have a wordpress site, your followers automatically receive an email Every time you post. Unless they subscribe to a newsletter for your self hosted blog, they won’t. Plus, when your followers are migrated over, they no longer receive an email with each of your posts, making it tougher for them to interact with you. This Especially sucks for me, because my favorite thing about this blog is interacting with people. 

I’m just trying to take these things as they come and go with the flow. Sometimes I feel like going back to just a wordpress blog, but deep down I know that would be a step in the wrong direction for me. I’ve worked so hard on http://www.poisonedannie.com, I’d be really sad to lose that. However, I don’t think I was quite prepared for any of this. I’m here now though, and maybe that’s all that matters. I just wanted to make this post so that maybe, it helps others prepare a little better. I really do hope this post helps someone out. 

Also, if you have a self hosted blog and you’ve figured out a way through the hard parts, I’d honestly love to know how you did it. I’m still learning and I welcome any tips, tricks, advice, or suggestions. 

Until Next We Meet,

Here on Business? Email me: poisonedannie@gmail.com

9 Comments

  1. June 26, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Hello Annie !

    What was behind your decision ? Why self-hosting ?
    As I am quite new to all the blogging I think I need more explaining xx

    • Arrianne
      June 26, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      Honestly? For me it just kind of felt inevitable. I want to be able to monetize my blog and that’s the only way to do it. I figured it was better to do it now while I’m still new than to do it later.

  2. June 26, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    Thanks for your replay !!
    I understand that finding the balance is difficult as the WordPress helps driving the traffic but restrict what you can do…
    I think having a trusted base of followers is the key that want to read your blog regardless whether is associated with WordPress or not.
    All the best xx

    • Arrianne
      June 26, 2017 / 5:07 pm

      That’s so true! Thank you!

  3. June 27, 2017 / 3:38 am

    Maybe I’m misunderstanding something, but I receive emails for your posts from WordPress? !

    • Arrianne
      June 27, 2017 / 10:47 am

      Really?!

    • Arrianne
      June 27, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      It turns out that the only ones who don’t get the emails are migrated followers! I’m so happy to know at least some of you are get ting them though! Thanks!

      • June 29, 2017 / 12:20 am

        Yay! Why do they have to make things so scattered? 😅

        • Arrianne
          June 29, 2017 / 4:35 am

          I know! It’s so confusing

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