After nine years of blogging using a free blog at WordPress.com, I decided it was time I got my own domain. Writeronfire.com was already taken so I got the domain name IvanIzo.com instead. If I was starting from nothing, I could have tried a few different blog names, but the blog has been Writer on Fire since 2010. I can’t change it now.
The IvanIzo.com link goes to my new site but it won’t have the Writer on Fire posts immediately. I want my current subscribers to get some notice of the move before they stop getting new post notifications at a time when I’ll be posting more than ever. There’s more on this below under What about My Subscribers?.
The subtitle of Writer on Fire is “Ivan Izo on Writing for Fun and Profit”. I’ve had fun writing 229 articles on my free blog at WordPress.com. My posts on writing articles, short stories, and novels have been fun to write and well received. But what about the profit side of writing?
Writing for Profit
WordPress.com allowed me to advertise my own books but was otherwise for non-commercial use. Because of that, I never looked deeply into how bloggers make money. I have some idea how it’s done and as I do it I’ll be writing articles about it. These won’t be instead of the ones on writing. They’ll be in addition.
One of the certainties about blogging for profit is that fresh content needs to appear regularly. I’ve been slack on my free blog. It was sometimes silent for months. Successful blogs post articles an average of three times a week.
Writing more articles can be time consuming, especially with a full time job and a book in progress. Where will the time come from? One of Musashi Miyamoto’s sayings was, “Do Not Do Useless Things.” We need some entertainment but it can become one of those useless things. I’m dropping my bookmarks for several sites where I’ve wasted hours clicking links hoping the next one would be funny or entertaining. Entertainment is never as satisfying as accomplishment.
What Can Be Ported?
I had expected WordPress.com would be unhappy that I was moving to self-hosting instead of upgrading to premium. They’re okay with the move, so okay that they even have an article with a step-by-step guide to making the move.
All of my Writer on Fire content is going with me. I only need to install a theme, widgets, and plug-ins. I’m sure I’ll be doing a bit of adjusting to get it looking like writeronfire.wordpress.com but IvanIzo.com will be up and active tomorrow.
What about My Subscribers?
One of the widgets I couldn’t find was Email Subscription. Anyone following my blog through subscription might never see another post. The Jetpack plug-in will migrate some of my subscribers but not all. To be sure nobody misses the move, I wrote this article.
I won’t even be moving to a new chair but it feels like I’m about to go on a long trip. I hope you’ll join me at IvanIzo.com as I continue my quest to become a better, faster writer.
Article by Ivan Izo.