How I Lost My Entire Blog

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If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re here because of Notes from Arshi.

If not, then let me give you a quick run-down: I started blogging last month under the name Notes from Arshi. I published more than 10 articles, established friendships with other bloggers, and basically began building a “brand” as Notes From Arshi.

Then came the time for me to renew my domain and hosting services.

I was using HostGator. They had a really great offer where they provided a month of hosting for just $0.01, and being a person who constantly changes her mind about blogging, I thought this was great. If I felt like blogging didn’t suit me, all I would have lost is a cent! Awesome!

But I was enjoying it more than I had anticipated. I loved Notes from Arshi; it was my own little space where I could talk about what I loved, share my photos, and interact with people all over the world. So last night, I hopped on my computer, ready to buy a 12-month subscription from HostGator, when I realized my subtotal for just my domain and hosting was over $100.

I didn’t see this as a problem at all; HostGator is known for having an abundance of coupon codes, and all I had to do was find one that would make the total cost affordable. So I found one that gave me 50% off. But when I tried to use it, it wouldn’t work because apparently, HostGstor only lets you use a coupon code the first time you make a purchase.

Now, I don’t know about you, but as a university student who is living off a part-time income, I can’t afford to just throw away a hundred dollars. So following a quick Google search, I decided to move to GoDaddy. Moving hosting providers wasn’t too hard, but transferring domains required some technical work that I wasn’t familiar with. I realized that the best thing to do would be to buy a new domain with GoDaddy and just change my domain name from my old one to the new one on the WordPress dashboard.

Oh, if only life was that simple.

I came up with Earth to Arshi, a phrase that I hear people saying to me all the time. I was happy with this name, so I went ahead with it. But as soon as I changed the URL of my blog under settings, my computer totally spazzed out. Webpages wouldn’t load and I couldn’t access my dashboard. I tried to get in touch with customer service on HostGator, GoDaddy, and WordPress, but they weren’t very helpful and we were just going in circles.

Four hours and a lot of tears later, I’ve lost my entire blog and now I have to start from scratch. Notes from Arshi is still up floating on the web, but it will probably expire in a little bit when my plan with HostGator dies. Not only did I lose all of my content, but I also lost all of my followers, comments, views, and other stats. I lost an entire month of hard work, which is what hurts the most.

I refuse to cry about this any longer, though. I will take this as an opportunity for a fresh start, and my content is only going to get better. I really hope you guys decide to keep up with me because Earth to Arshi is here to stay and so am I. It’s still little old me, just under a different name.

You can find me on my socials; Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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27 thoughts on “How I Lost My Entire Blog

    1. I know, I cried for ages. I had put in a lot of effort, you know? Learn from my mistakes and research well before you take any steps!


  1. Wow im so You lost your content. I curr use Hostgator myself. I See now the need to back up our stuff often. Nevertheless, I like your new domain!

    1. Be careful with it! Make sure you research everything thoroughly unlike I did. 🙂 Thank you for your kind words babes. xx

  2. SO SORRY TO HEAR, THE SAME THING HAPPENED TO ME.. I HAD TO START ALL OVER FROM SCRATCH. I’M ALSO SELF HOSTED THROUGH GO DADDY RIGHT NOW, AND USING WORDPRESS. GOOD LUCK WITH BUILDING UP YOUR NEW BLOG, HERE’S TO NEW BEGINNINGS!

  3. That sounds so awful. I’m sure though that you will have great success with this new blog. You got it back so quickly too, and it looks amazing!
    I like earth to arshi. it’s very unique and it’s easy to remember.
    Good luck and congrats on getting thorough this obstacle!

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Kiki! I hope for the best and I’m just taking this as an opportunity to get even better content out than I did before. Silver lining, right? Thanks for reading babes x

  4. Oh no, this is gutting news. Hats off to you for starting again though! I assumeD you’d been blogging for ages as your blog is great, keep going 🙂

    1. Just a month! I think if I had lost my blog after working on it for absolutely ages I would have been more distraught, and although losing it after a month sucks, I guess it’s not too bad in the grand scheme of things. Thanks for your support! x

  5. Oh geez, um sorry Arshi! I am planning on moving my blog from blogger to WordPress and this post just made me shiver for a moment. I am planning on doing it myself as I am not yet ready to splash some $$$ in getting th service. I will have to read some professional tips for that! All the best on earth to arshi

    1. Thank you! The move is definitely a good step forward as I have heard of a lot of people doing the same. Just make sure you do ALL your research and don’t take any hasty steps! You don’t need to hire anyone because there are a lot of helpful resources online and it’s just a matter of taking the time to learn how to do it. Good luck and let me know if I can help you with anything! x

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