I launched this blog last year to start fresh at the beginning of the 2017 season. It started off strong because Wonderland actually retweeted a link to one of my first blog posts with information about the upcoming season. (Thanks, Wonderland.) I ended up losing that post to the hack that’s detailed next…
In June 2017, my websites hosted on GoDaddy were taken over by ransomware. I found the hosting service from GoDaddy to be really spotty with periods of downtime and slowdowns, and I thought it was a bit odd how they didn’t seem to care to learn how the attack on my websites actually happened. I had no regrets immediately looking elsewhere for hosting after this incident.
In July 2017, I transitioned over to Nixihost where I haven’t had any problems.
It was a rocky time blogging through 2017, having to deal with the hack and becoming inconsistent in posting, so I regrouped over the offseason. In November, I decided to have another go at hosting the blog on my own rather than on WordPress.com. And here we are now in 2018.
Every time I’m on paid hosting and it’s coming up to the time to renew, I always look at how things are going to decide whether we’ll keep going for another year. In my long history of hosting websites, there have been times where I pulled the plug just because the motivation wasn’t there. Even at times on free hosting services, I’ve still done the same re-evaluating.
The blog doesn’t do huge numbers. It doesn’t have to, really. Once I see people coming through every time I post, it’s cool. I enjoy putting the trip reports together and archiving my thoughts. I think it’s kind of cool to see the archive grow and be able to go back myself and see what I was thinking on certain dates, particularly with past special events.
So Now What?
Obviously, with the title of this post giving it away, my hosting plan has been renewed today so we’re here for another year. I like how things have been going this year.
So far, I’ve written a trip report for every trip to Wonderland this year so I want to keep that going. I’d also like to do a little bit of creative writing outside of just trip reports, which I’ve done from time to time already like my Sledgehammer birthday and Top 10 Thrill Flats posts. I’ve got a few other ideas I’m working on too…
On the social media front, I’m still mostly on Twitter while occasionally posting on Instagram (and Instagram Stories).
If you’ve read through even just one of my posts or if you happen to be someone who visits every time there’s something new, THANK YOU.