Half Year Update

Almost half of the year is gone; yesterday was the longest day of the year. It seems like a good time to reflect on how the first six months of 2018 have gone. I was hacked in February which was the major event of the beginning of the year, at least for me. That whole experience made me reevaluate what I was doing with the blog and security.

The major issue is who should host why blog and should I pay separately to secure it? Currently Bluehost hosts my blog and I pay $70 a month to SiteLock. Recently I renewed Bluehost for a year but I don’t plan on staying with them that long. I am probably going to switch to having a paid WordPress site.

Supposedly if you have such a site, there are no security problems. I am skeptical since I have not found the free WordPress to be that user-friendly or reliable. After I was hacked, my friend, Sarah Ryder, helped me update my theme which made the site more secure. If I switch hosts, I  will probably have to update or change the theme again. It feels like it will be a lot of work which is why I renewed with Bluehost. I wanted to give myself some time to figure what exactly I want to do.

As far as blogging goes, I have done 23 posts so far this year. It has been a struggle to post every week; it is hard to find either topics or time. Like last year, tweeting has been much easier. I have gained a few more Twitter followers which feels good. I still can’t tweet my URL but I have gotten used to it.

I would like to increase readership of the blog but I am not sure about how to proceed.  If any of you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them.