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.