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  1. our heritage home
    January 15, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    I love your gift for story telling, witty and humorous with truth mixed in! Good luck deciding, it’s a tough call, I’ve investigated myself but opted out as I just don’t have the time to commit to it right now and, I much like you would be on it all day, like a kid in a candy store. Good luck deciding and I’m sure you could make it work and excel at it.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 16, 2013 @ 10:09 am

      I am literally moving stuff right this minute. I feel overwhelmed… and like every moment of free time I have is spent on this blog. Also my personality trait of second-guessing everything is making me wonder if I’ve made the right decision. But I made it this far, so I guess I’m going to commit.

      I’ll let you know if I think it was worth it!! (fingers crossed)

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  2. Ryan
    January 18, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

    I came across this post thanks to WP Engine (they shared it on Facebook). I am a WordPress developer myself, so I work with WordPress.org on a daily basis.

    I would recommend learning some basic HTML and CSS if you haven’t already – learning that will help you make changes to your theme’s appearance. Codecademy is a great resource and they have an HTML & CSS course: http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/htmlcss There are also countless other resources online.

    Once you are ready to start making more in depth changes, the WordPress Codex (http://codex.wordpress.org/) is a great reference. It might seem completely foreign at first, but with a little time you’ll be able to see that it’s one helluva resource. The WordPress.org forums are also great, and the community in general is incredibly helpful. If you get stuck, or if you break something (which you will at some point down the line) then don’t be afraid to ask for help. Good luck!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 28, 2013 @ 5:01 pm

      I’ve been meaning to write you back for over a week… literally every free minute has been spent in the vortex of trying to iron out all the small details. Also, having multiple heart attacks…

      You weren’t kidding about the wp codex. Some of this stuff makes me feel like I need to be a rocket scientist to even begin to read it. I’ve found CSS to be the most user-friendly. Mostly because it uses words that are actually identifiable as human language. Also, really I am just all about the pretty accessories.

      Wpengine has also been fantastic. I’m sure they think I’m an utter idiot, but they’ve been great about answering my questions. (And they put me on fb… which kind of made me love them.)

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      • Ryan
        February 1, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

        Haha, no worries at all. It looks like you’re off to a solid star! Good luck with everything, and if you get stuck, feel free to give me a shout.

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  3. rebelcompass
    January 20, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Rebel Compass.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 28, 2013 @ 5:09 pm

      Finally managed to pull myself out of the pit of transferring… thanks for the shout-out!!

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  4. City girl
    January 21, 2013 @ 12:02 pm

    Congrads Victoria for switching. As you know I also switched and one of the things I found frustrating is that .com had so many things that you can not get in .org. I did manage to find the jetpack and it helps to replicate the easiness of it all. One thing that perturbed me is that I couldn’t figure out how to forward my blog seamlessly without paying and therefore I had a lot of trouble switching in the beginning. and the problems with getting the right template, lets not even go there. But now that I am all settled in I am happy with the switch. I hardly ever go into the programming tab. You will find a way around it. Keep it simple.
    With that said as usual this was funny as all get out. I haven’t been on here to read for a while and I see I have some catching up to do. Great accomplishment on being featured! You are doing a GREAT job!!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 28, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

      I’ve been meaning to email you back for a week… I’ve been stuck in some in-between point where nothing was completely broken, but nothing was at all right…

      I’m curious what specific things you found lacking? My biggest fear is what I DON’T know. You know? I can try to micromanage every little detail, but if I’m not even aware of something, it will never occur to me to try to fix it. Like– I just went into another, older post and all the comments are CRAZY. Not aligned, and crazy whitespace. I wouldn’t have had any idea if I didn’t randomly go looking.

      Also, trying to find the time to fix all this stuff the way I want has been overwhelming. Building a blog, rather than writing one….

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  5. Dear WordPress.com – Gentle Wit
    January 25, 2013 @ 10:53 am

    […] This is the kind of thing that makes me smile: A Dear John letter… to WordPress.com. […]

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  6. A Dear John letter… to WordPress.com | Blog Posting Wordpress
    January 27, 2013 @ 3:57 am

    […] Date: January 27, 2013 Webmaster WordPress.COM is the easy version. They do everything for you, except write the content. The same way you open up Word on your computer, and don't give any thought to HOW that happens. The only drawback to .COM is …. Read more about A Dear John letter… to WordPress.com here: A Dear John letter… to WordPress.com […]

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  7. KarenAnita
    January 28, 2013 @ 7:22 am

    I loved this post! I’ve just gone from .com to .org myself and really related to everything you said. It made me chuckle 🙂

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 28, 2013 @ 5:28 pm

      I checked you out! You did a beautiful job! Also, I kind of have social-media-icon-envy!! In my post today, I said how I spent 97 hours on mine. Kind of a bummer that I’m liking yours better…

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      • KarenAnita
        January 29, 2013 @ 4:34 am

        Haha oh you are too kind! And don’t be silly, your site looks fab! You’ve done a great job 🙂 x

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  8. Kim@Co-Pilot Mom
    May 4, 2013 @ 9:24 am

    Blogging does come with its challenges and decisions. What to do? Change or stay put? I have learned so much – and still have so, SO much to learn.

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  9. Kate
    May 5, 2013 @ 7:37 pm

    Stopping by from SITS!

    WordPress.com and I are still in the hold handing stage. We haven’t gotten busy yet and WordPress.org seems so intimidating!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      May 6, 2013 @ 8:44 am

      I’m impressed you found SITS so quickly… I blogged alone on my own little island, for way longer than I should have…

      Wp.com is awesome. Being forced to do all of the things it does FOR you, makes you realize JUST how awesome!!

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  10. Betsy
    July 1, 2013 @ 6:11 am

    Yep, here I still am!!! all or nothing, has to be perfect, good and bad, black and white…and the Queen of indecision, it’s like we were twins separated at birth…except I am NOT adopted….and I see that many other women have said the same thing to you, I am so happy to know there are more women like me out there in the world…I thought I was crazy all alone….
    Hearts,
    Betsy

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  11. Lisa
    August 4, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

    I found you on Houzz and I’ve been catching up on your blog. You are sublime. What a great film your story would make. Hey! Another project for you and Paul!

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  12. Cheryl Summers
    August 13, 2013 @ 12:15 am

    Love your blog!e

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  13. Jade
    March 22, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

    I’ve spent the better (best) part of my morning reading your blog up to this point and can no longer refrain from commenting. You are my spirit animal. With a much better budget. <3 Thanks for the inspiration!

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