Guys, I am so proud and excited about a change I’ve made to my blog. You guys have been telling me for years how frustratingly slow my blog is and that was because of a combination of two issues – it’s such an image heavy blog, and the traffic is larger than the server can handle efficiently. Thank you so much for enduring the frustration for so long!! It means the world to me that you follow my blog despite the frustratingly clunky loading. I’ve finally been able to make the changes with some financial investment (hence, I need to use affiliate links to offset the monthly cost – thank you for supporting that too!), as well as help from an amazing developer – Phil. I had to be brave while taking a huge chance that it could all go sideways, I’d lose 7 years of content if it had. I know for those of you with tech knowledge this seems like a really silly anxiety to have, but because I’m not tech savvy, I can’t fix things easily when they go wrong and my blog is very precious to me. I could have also done this on my own without the assistance of a developer but I’m certain it would have taken me months to get it just right and would have been a very frustrating process. Having someone’s expertise in this was so very worth waiting for.
Visually I don’t think you will be seeing a lot of difference. This change mostly impacts the performance of my blog and the speed should be impacted substantially. Basically there is some super caching going on in the background, and greater bandwidth.
You may see some formatting issues in older blog posts and some weird broken links – I’m trying to look for those to fix them. If you see any that are jarringly weird please comment on that post to draw my attention to it so that I can fix it. The old comments are being moved over as well, but that will take time for those comments to populate the posts. Don’t worry, your thoughts and discussions are all still there.
Thank you so much for being such a fantastic community! I love being a part of this community and creating this space within the community. I hope you guys like the change!
Another thing to note, please re-book mark my blog address just in case. If you are still using my very first blog address and getting redirected, you will now get a full on re-direct page which will be annoying. My blog address for your bookmark is www.thesweatedit.com
I’m going to need to drink a fishbowl of this beverage tonight to celebrate.