Welcome back to Live Lighter! It’s been about 2 weeks since we signed off for vacation (i.e. moving the blog to another hosting provider and server) and it was an amazing experience. Not only did I learn a lot about the technical end of blogs, but I discovered many parallels to life in the process.
A little background: Before moving the blog, I had extremely limited technical knowledge. For those who are technically-minded, I learned a “normal” blog transfer is very easy. What complicated things for Live Lighter was that it was owned by someone else (who set up the blog for me). For this reason and because their server held other web properties, I was restricted in accessing the cpanel (the main control panel of the blog on the server end).
Here are a few life lessons revealed in moving Live Lighter to a different hosting provider/server:
- Source the right partner in crime. No matter what you do in life, it’s always pays to have a partner who complements your knowledge. In this case, my partner was technically inclined but had no experience with blogs or WordPress. It was a phenomenal pairing because with my WordPress knowledge, we rocked it! I am forever indebted to my loving hubby for assisting me in Live Lighter’s move.
- Get by with a little help from friends. Just like life, the blog transfer couldn’t have happened without the help from some very special friends. Darius Bashar and Luciano Sampaio of Daily Challenge were instrumental in my success. In addition, the sales and tech support of Canadian Web Hosting were invaluable at any given moment throughout the whole process. About 8 different CWH employees (and 1 person from the old hosting provider) helped over the past few months.
- Things rarely work out as planned. This is an important life lesson because when you put too much stock into “plans going the way they should”, you end up getting stuck. You’re so emotionally invested in your plan that your creativity is stunted and your mind is closed to different (and usually better!) ways of achieving your goal. Here’s a great ZenHabits post that covers a more relaxed, simplified way of attaining your goals.
- Attitude is key. First, I had to believe that not only was the transfer possible, but that I could do it! Before I was intimidated with technology but as I read and talked about the blog transfer, I began to understand basic technical operations! An important piece to opening up my mind to let this information in was remaining optimistic and avoiding talking about the things I could not change. In addition, success in life or a blog transfer requires patience and respect for others’ ideas, thoughts, suggestions, priorities and time limitations.
- Challenges are a necessary part of learning. Like life, if the blog transfer had gone smoothly – which I had hoped for and expected – I wouldn’t have learned half as much as I did! I can now backup the entire blog very easily by myself without fear of losing nearly 300 posts and 400 comments. Plus, I now have a better understanding of WordPress, widgets, plugins and even a little coding so that I can really start improving Live Lighter for you, the readers! (Did you notice the new subscribe to comments feature? I did that! 🙂
- There’s always an answer. In order to succeed in life or in a blog transfer, you must believe that there’s always an answer to your dilemma. This is what the success coaches mean about having persistence. There will always be challenges in life and if you don’t believe that there’s a solution, you will quit too soon.
- It’s about trial and error. We perfectionists have a hard time accepting that we’re human and we make mistakes. And many of the challenges we experience in life manifest through our mistakes. But it’s all part of the process and absolutely crucial to success. Actually, some of our mistakes ARE the solutions! With any goal, we have to start somewhere and it’s usually our best guess based on our knowledge. If one approach fails, we must try something else.
- Knowledge is power. Like life, a blog transfer is cyclical (at least in my case). During the blog transfer, if all our trials failed, we stopped to gather more information. We searched and found others who found solutions to similar problems. We would then try their approach and if that failed, we researched more. If we drew blanks, we called upon the assistance of our friends in point #2. For every stubborn challenge, this was the process. And it worked! So if you’re experiencing challenges in life, perhaps you’re missing some vital information to help you succeed?
- Analysis and logical deduction is needed in problem-solving. The successful blog transfer happened because my partner and I continually analyzed the situation at every turning point. We used logical deductions based on analyzing what we knew and what we had tried that failed. Trial and error gets you only so far if you’re simply trying different approaches for the sake of trying something different. And going about trying to solve a problem all will-nilly results in wasted time and effort.
- Know when to take a break. What brought all these lessons together was the realization that it’s obligatory to take a break when you need it. At the first sign of frustration or grumpiness, I walked away from it for awhile. Even though I wanted this transfer complete for July 24th, I had to calm my nerves and let go of my plans and self-imposed time frame. It was important to stay relaxed in order to keep my mind open to possibilities and insights, and to maintain a co-operative and respectful attitude towards the people who were trying to help me. When life is getting you down, try walking away from it for awhile. Calm yourself and come back with a fresh perspective and demeanour.
BONUS LESSON: Tied into #10 is the lesson of having fun with all of your endevours in life. I always avoided the technical side of computers because it didn’t interest me and I couldn’t understand it. But as soon as I accepted that this situation was necessary, I turned my mind around and embraced it. Although it was still challenging, I started having fun and it became easy, despite (or maybe even because of?) the roadblocks.
“Successful people are successful because they form the habits of doing those things that failures don’t like to do.” Albert Gray
These are the life lessons I garnered in transferring Live Lighter to another hosting provider and server. You waited two weeks for a post, was it worth it? Let us know if these insights are helpful to you, and if you can think of other life lessons you’ve learned from a personal project or experience, please share them with us!
My deepest gratitude goes out to everyone that assisted in moving Live Lighter. Thank you!