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Day 21. Teetering on the Precipice of Stupidity

I once inadvertently drove a car the wrong way round a roundabout. (Not something I recommend). It was without doubt the most stupid thing I have ever, ever done.

Until now. 

Day 21 of my plan to take over the world, and I have made an epic decision. I was aiming for brave – but am pretty sure it’s just really stupid. Drum roll please… 

I AM LEAVING WORDPRESS 

Before you pelt me with fruit, please allow me explain:

I started this humble blog roughly 15 weeks ago, with very little expectation that anyone other than my mother would read it. That didn’t worry me though – I just wanted to write.

Then most unexpectedly (for reasons unknown) after 6 and a half weeks, a post of mine was Freshly Pressed. My mind swiftly exploded and I gave a heartfelt acceptance speech to my fridge-freezer. It also made me realise that maybe, just maybe – my blog was not that bad, actually.

With total hits to date surpassing 39,000, my mind exploded once again today. Most inconvenient, as it made a terrible mess in my living room. Note to self: Must lay down plastic sheeting.

Just to clarify – I am under no illusion whatsoever that I have ‘made it’ in the blogging world. Far from it. But the last few months have given me a tiny glimmer of hope that one day – I just might.

So further to my ludicrous plans for world domination, my brother has very kindly offered to build me a website (he’s good like that). There is one major problem however – WordPress, being god ‘dam geniuses, make it exceptionally difficult to leave. Basically I have two options:

Plan A. Buy my own URL, stay on WordPress, upgrade to a prettier (though still generic) template. Keep my hits, my loyal followers and my sanity.

Plan B. Buy my own URL, leave WordPress, gain a unique bespoke website but lose my hits, my followers and all that I’ve worked towards for the last 4 months. Wave goodbye to my sanity. 

Naturally, I have opted for Plan B. Assuming I don’t manage to break it within 20 minutes, my new website will be up and running next week. I’m hoping that by having a site of my very own, I shall finally be taken seriously as a Creative Fruit Loop.

It is quite possible that I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But I can’t let a silly thing like fear of failure hold me back. I’m actually rather adept at being a screw up, so at least I have experience on my side.

Should you wish to follow me on my new path to resounding failure success, then please join me on Facebook by clicking the bluebird and selecting ‘Like’. 

For anyone in need of an incentive: I’m going to post a particularly delightful photo of me modelling a face pack on my wall once I reach 100 Facebook ‘likes’.

If I get to 200 then you’ll discover what I look like in an afro, fishnet tights, legwarmers and hot-pants.

Spoiler alert: It’s not pretty.

Thanks to everyone for your support – I couldn’t have done it without you. The loyalty, love, laughter, awards, and praise you have bestowed on me have simply blown my mind.

Good thing I finally laid down those plastic sheets.

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  • http://littlemissobsessivesanatomy.wordpress.com littlemissobsessivesanatomy

    You are leaving WordPress… :(

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Worry not. You don’t get rid of me that easily! Find me on Facebook and you’ll be able to follow my new and improved blog! :D I’m also planning on keeping my WordPress profile so I can keep reading wonderful blogs – like yours! :)

      Oh – and if it all goes disastrously wrong, then I’ll be back! ;)

  • http://muddledmom.wordpress.com muddledmom

    Good luck! I hope it goes well. I am just doing Plan A, such a scaredy cat. ; ) I’ll still follow you.

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Plan A does not make you a scaredy cat at all! Plan E just makes me a serial mess up artist. ;) Thank you! I’m not going to fall of the face of this earth, so although my posts won’t be hosted on WordPress any more, I shall still be following my favourite bloggers! :)

  • http://phranqueigh.wordpress.com Francesca Zelnick

    WordPress will miss you! Best of luck out there! :)

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thanks! It’s a scary world out there, so I’ll need it! I’m going to try out auto forward to start with, so if you go back to any of my current links – they should lead you to my new site in the short-term. Fingers crossed! :)

  • http://childhoodrelived.wordpress.com Angie Z.

    But what about those WordPress tattoos we were going to get, the WordPress Wednesday night potlucks, and the WordPress book club we were going to start? All those dreams and hopes are now gone. This is so depressing.

    I’m already following you on Facebook so what do I get out of that? You sporting a bad 80s spiral perm at the very least?

    Congrats for taking the daring leap to the great beyond!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      I am a terrible person, it is true. We never did get those Freshly Pressed keyrings and mugs either! This is not all bad – I shall still follow your blog. I have the shortcut to it on my Desktop! You’re my favourite! :)

      Sadly no genuine spiral perm from the eighties, but many pictures of me wearing an array of wigs in the nineties and noughties!

      This is the scariest thing I’ve ever done. On a positive note – if it totally backfires then my blog will return to WordPress! Thanks for your support! You are a total legend Angie! :)

  • http://traveldestinationbucketlist.wordpress.com Anita Mac

    Wow – congratulation! Very excited for you! ps – don’t forget to do a re-post or two over here once your new site is up and running. Have a couple overlaps – some of us are a little slow and may need hand holding during the transition!!!!

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thank you Anita! Worry not, I’m going to set up an auto-forward, so hopefully when you visit any current links, you’ll be taken to the new site, though I don’t think they’ll show up on the RSS feed any more. I’ll probably post a couple of prompts though! :)

      I shall be back to comment and check up on everyone, so you haven’t seen the last of me! :)

  • http://jusmeh.wordpress.com jusmeh

    Congrats on taking the leap of faith. I am sure you will be fine. I have now started following you. I am in fact your 70th follower, so not much more to go! You have been an inspiration and will continue to inspire as you take on this new journey…. Go forth courageously you Fruit Loop you! xxx

    • http://jessseeker.wordpress.com jessseeker

      Thank you! Oh dear – I didn’t think I’d actually need to post the pics! Argh! Your ongoing support means a lot, thanks! But fear not – I shall be back to read your blog and to check up on all my fellow wonderful bloggers! :)

  • http://jusmeh.wordpress.com jusmeh

    P.S. Make sure you don’t forget about us left behind on Word Press. Stop by for a visit from time to time! xx

  • Lora Banks

    If you could do all that in 4 months, imagine what you could do without the generic templates and all that!  You’ll be fine.  Have fun!

    • jessseeker

      Thank you! Fingers crossed! The site is now live!! Eeeeeee!! xx

  • http://twitter.com/thechrlog The Chrlog

     This is just like the time I went to school and my mum moved the sofa.

    • jessseeker

      Did you continue to use the sofa, once you had forgiven it for relocating?

      • http://twitter.com/thechrlog The Chrlog

        On that occasion, yes.

        But it was the only sofa in town.

        I find your sofa to my liking* even though its new location is inconvenient to me!

        * we appear to be in danger of drifting into Carry On Blogging territory. I rely upon you to steer the conversation into clearer waters.

  • http://jennylaville.wordpress.com/ JennyLaville

    Pure jealousy of your big clicks, nearly made me not follow you, but I decided I’d be the loser there so here I am. Amuse me Seeker.

  • Theabundantjourney

    I can’t imagine life without your posts! I don’t get to read on a regular basis, so I save all of them up and read what I can – Just came accross this one….
    So Please tell me where I find you now?  Your a ray of sunshine, wordpress or no you will make it – best of luck

    • jessseeker

      Oh bless you! You have just made me day. Thanks! :) Fortunately I was able to set up auto-forward on my account, so all of the old links to my blog automatically forward to this shiny new one. For reference though, the web address is http://www.jessseeker.com. :D

      Am still a jobless hobo, so my mission to take over the blogging world continues! :)