Last night, I discovered that the IP server running my blog no longer existed.
The entire site was wiped – the URL led to nowhere, the cache was minimal, and the only thing left to greet me was an error message.
After some troubleshooting and Googling, I discovered that my website was taken down by the hosting service I was using (side note: NEVER use free hosting services. It’s not worth it) as a result of my inactivity – a fact that had been true for well over a year. It wasn’t just that I hadn’t logged onto my cPanel in months — it was that I straight up did not post anything or update my website at ALL for more than a year.
So why was I gone for so long?
Well, I simply didn’t want to come back.
I had no motivation to post, no content ideas, and my blog was more of a remnant of my start in social media and a piece of memorabilia for me to look back on when I wanted to read about the absurd problems I used to worry about back when I started my blog in 6th grade.
Even though my old blog had countless posts about how to burn-out, the most efficient ways to continue creating content, and how to stay motivated even when you felt helpless, in 2019, my blog was nothing but evidence of my own hypocrisy...and I was completely fine with it since Instagram had long replaced the role of blogging in my life.
Yet last night, at 11PM, I was overcome with grief over the loss of my website. Almost six years of writing, photos, marketing, and hard work…just gone. Vanished. Wiped off the face of the Internet…forever. I hadn’t realized how important my blog truly was to me until it was completely gone, and now this post will be the first one up on my newly rebranded blog.
Yup! After choosing a new look, designing a new logo, and learning how to properly back up my files so I never lose all my content again, I’ve decided that despite losing everything, I’ve gained a valuable new opportunity to expand my brand to match what I want for my future. Last night, I realized that the reason why I had ghosted my own blog was because I had outgrown the branding behind it.
Yet now, almost a year after my last post, I’ve shifted my vision for this website. I want to start writing my content about the things I care about most, explore the business and tech world through my blog, and write more article-like posts. On the old Elle For Life website, I would spend hours trying to mimic what I thought a proper blogger would post and do. Yet after all the growth I’ve experienced in the last year, I think I’m finally ready to completely own this blog for what it is and what I want it to be. Although I haven’t sorted out every detail, I know that what’s coming is only going to be better than what I’ve left behind, and I can’t wait for all of you guys to be part of this journey with me!