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How Host My Blog helped me Graduate

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I am Tech-challenged.

By that I mean, anything more than hitting the Send button and using Copy-Paste sends me into a tizzy.
No, truly.
And yes, when I learnt to download and play games on my mobile, I felt like I had graduated from MIT.
Yes, THAT tech-challenged.
Now that you’ve got the picture, do keep it in mind as you read further.

I have been blogging since 2004, with a steadfast loyalty to Blogger all through. The thought of moving to a self-hosted blog did cross my mind, many times. But apart from being tech-challenged I’d heard enough stories, about how painful it is migrating to a self-hosted blog, to put me off. For life.

One afternoon, in the midst of a blogging challenge with BlogChatter I came across Modern Gypsy’s post where she described her experience of moving to a self-hosted blog. Honestly, I searched to see if it was a sponsored post. It wasn’t. I retweeted her post and thanked her, mentioning I read the post at the right time and I was tempted to contact Host My Blog(HMB) after reading her wonderful experience. But then I remembered that I am tech-challenged.

Within 5 minutes I got a DM on Twitter from the HMB team telling me they would be happy to help. I replied saying I would think about it.
After thinking about it, asking Blogchatter if it was ok to shift mid challenge and getting their go ahead, I contacted HMB and asked them which of their 3 packages would they recommend.
After asking me a question or 2 (How many posts did I have on my blog, how many images, did I want to transfer them all?) they suggested a package. Seeing the numbers of which my jaw dropped.

Rs 999/- all inclusive was the annual amount.

Immediately typical questions reared their evil head. Why were they so cheap? What was the catch?

Then they said that they would have my blog up and running in 3 hours. Really? 3 hours! What about those painful stories I’d heard, because of which I quashed the thought of moving?

I decided to warn them that I was tech-challenged. They said it was ok.
That kind of made me believe in them a bit.

After thinking some more I decided to go for it and paid up.
All they asked me was for the login and password to my blog and asked me to ‘sit back and relax’.

I lazed around, made myself a cup of tea and was halfway through sipping it when I got a Twitter dm from HMB saying ‘It’s done.’
‘Are you kidding me! It’s only been 40 minutes!’ was my response. But they gave me my login details and lo and behold, it WAS done. I was speechless, and still tech-challenged.(P:S:I had about 250 posts on my blog. The more the matter you need to transfer, the longer it will take, is my presumption.)
This change took place on the 10th of September and ever since then HMB is literally hand-holding me as I learn my way through managing my blog.
They are available 24*7. No kidding. They are. Extremely prompt with responses and patient with all my queries.

And I’ve realized the difference moving to a self-hosted blog makes. As fellow, and very prolific, blogger Jaibala Rao put it aptly, it’s like moving into your own home from a rented apartment.Thanks to HMB, I now have my own home, and they are helping me set it up.
So if me, being tech-challenged can do it, so can you. Ask HMB to help you, and you won’t regret it.
And, this is NOT a sponsored post, just one full of gratitude.

Thank you, Host My Blog. I wish you great success and all good things, now and always.

18 thoughts on “How Host My Blog helped me Graduate

  1. Mayuri , I feel so relieved just reading about your reluctance to move to self hosted platform coz I didn’t do that for like the longest of time purely coz of laziness .
    a couple of days before my break / Alexa campaign started I won an opportunity to move through HMB folks. You are so right about the entire thing being super smooth and those guys being very proactive and efficient 🙂

    I also love that shinjini’s experience helped you make a call and your post perhaps would help someone else and the circle of happiness to moving to ones own address shall carry forward ..

    Wish you the best for daily chatter 🙂

  2. Very Nice Journey Mayuri! seems to be that you have made a big decision and a good one too. I for one was a person who felt the .wordress or .blogspot behind my site name bugging from the beginning, so the first thing I did was to move. not so economical idea at that time though…

  3. Mayuri, thank you so much for acknowledging our efforts with HMB & I really appreciate the way you have pointed the deliverable time – not everybody notice and/or highlight.

    Enjoy the comfort of your own space & freedom.

    Happy Blogging 🙂


    Raj

  4. Since you have been blogging since 2004 you must have had tons of stuff on your old blog.
    To get it up and running in 45 minutes is record breaking.
    Great decision to go for self hosting.Until you self hosted you really don’t own it.
    Great move

  5. I’m so glad you took the leap! The HMB team is really super awesome. They’re very prompt with their support and answer all kinds of random questions I still keep throwing at them! Enjoy your new home! 🙂

  6. I was MIA these days. But now I’m back from my vacation and I intend to read all the posts.
    I’m glad you moved to a ‘home’ of your own. I wish I knew of HMB when I moved. I have been hearing rave reviews of them. It was a pain for me when I moved. All thanks to Jaibala, who helped me step by step 🙂 Congrats and I love your cozy space!

  7. O wow….. It’s inspiring aswell as tempting -reading ur write up!
    Inspiring that you took the plunge…Bravo!
    Tempting to move into my own home…but then will wait for some more time before I take the plunge with HMB as my blog is not even a year old.

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