There is nothing more fulfilling than accomplishing something you never believed you could do.
When I started my blog a year ago, I had a small desire to write funny things on the Internet and a Squarespace discount code. That was all it took to create the original diaryofabryncess.com, and I was in love with it. Sure it was simple, but I was new to blogging and all I really wanted to do was rant on the internet. You don’t really need a fancy site for that.
But throughout the year, my desire grew from just wanting to rant on the internet to wanting to inspire and excite others (while also ranting on the internet). I didn’t just want to blog, I wanted to blog. Am I the only one that gets the difference?
So Why Did I Switch?
Earlier this month I got an email reminding me to renew my Squarespace account. Just like the cheese that’s been in my refrigerator for about a year, my discount code had expired, so my rate was about to go up a few dollars per month. Call me a cheapskate, but these few extra dollars were what really sealed the deal for me.
I decided to switch to WordPress because if web hosting were a high school clique, WordPress would be every popular girl in every rom-com ever. It’s just a fact. Normally I’m not one for following the crowd, but unlike rom-com divas, WordPress’s popularity is warranted.
This is not to say that I have any hard feelings toward Squarespace. In fact, it was incredibly easy to use and great for a first-time website creator. But at the end of the day, WordPress gave me more freedom to create a website that’s unique and perfect for me.
Wow, is it just me or did that sound like every break up in every rom-com ever? Note to self: stop watching so many movies, Bryn.
And How Did It Go?
Honestly, the whole process was difficult. Like running five miles or reading Chaucer level of difficult. The initial domain switch had me in a constant state of panic for three to four days while my domain name was stuck in limbo, and I had no clue where to find it. Worst scavenger hunt ever.
After that, my biggest complication was just learning how to navigate WordPress. Again, just like high school cliques, it’s not about getting into the group, it’s staying in the group that really matters. And I was proving to be an unfit candidate.
But eventually I figured it out (or at least I think I did), and as my formal acceptance speech I would like to thank Google and all the WordPress/coding/general life experts that helped me through this difficult time. You are all the real MVPs.
Is that joke too old?
Now I can move forward with my awesome new website with the knowledge that I can jump through even the scariest of obstacles. Unless it’s those obstacles on reality TV… I can’t make it through those.
It’s always amazing to me to discover what I can do when I set my mind to something. There were so many moments in this process where I wanted to give up, whether that meant turning back to where I started or letting it go completely. But I wanted this so much that I pushed through and made something that I’m incredibly proud of.
And it reminded me how important it is to get out of your comfort zone and try new things that you never imagined you could do. Leaving behind what you know and starting over is never easy. It’s absolutely terrifying. But if you never push yourself to the limit, how will you ever discover everything that you’re capable of?
And this website looks pretty great, if I do say so myself. *Flips hair* *Hates myself for it*
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