Welp, you'd think working in a profession that involves domain transfers, I'd have thought the whole e-mail setup process through after launching this new website.
So, I connected the dots and did some Googling, only to find that I had not tied my new domain to my Google email account. So - all day yesterday, I received no emails at my new address. This was especially worrisome as I had just shared the link to the blog with my family and wanted to make sure I received any and all form/email notifications that were generated off the site.
The sad part is, I deal with this all the time at work and should have thought this through after I launched the domain.
I'm no domain expert - but I did know that there's more work to do than simply picking a domain and choosing what email address you would like to use for that website. You need to add the appropriate e-mail MX records to the domain host/provider so the two can sync up. Derp.
At least it will be in the forefront of my mind with the next site I launch.
Speaking of which, what should that be about? Right now, my thoughts are creating a French language blog (I know there are a lot out there, but maybe one that focuses on French activities around the Michigan area too, to help locals find language learning resources).
This particular topic has been weighing quite heavily on my mind.
Specifically, the changes I've implemented lately (increasing student loan repayment amounts) has caused quite a setback in my budget, and I'm brainstorming ways to either A) increase my income or B) cut back.
The difficult part for me is to identify which ways I want to spend my extra time, to earn the extra income.
Finding a side job that I'm not interested in is not an option - I need fulfillment in my life and the feeling that I am wasting away precious time on a meaningless job is not worth it, to me.
I have always operated with a "do what you have to do to get by" kind of mindset, which was an okay way to fill my pockets, but left me feeling empty and/or exhausted at the end of the day.
I've even considered taking part in those take-a-survey-and-get-paid opportunities, but this would again fall under the category of wasting my time.
I'll be honest with you - I enjoy spending money. A lot.
My last (relatively) large purchase was a battery-operated weed whacker, which was (in my mind) a necessary expenditure. Yes, I had one already, but it was not cordless. I live in one of those ancient houses that have no outdoor outlets - so the cord had to be plugged in from the inside of the house, and would have to be finagled around me as I cleaned up the front and back yards. It only got me so far in the backyard before I had no further cord left - thus came my decision to go cordless.
If it improves my quality of life, I consider that a necessary expenditure.
I could have it much worse than I actually do - I know that and I try to remind myself every day that I am lucky to be where I'm at.
However... I know I can do better at saving and investing my money in the right places.
It's going to take more effort and creativity on my end to figure out where to go from here.
The long-awaited beginning to my Blog journey has begun.
I'm thrilled to be getting back into writing... but also somewhat anxious (surprise, surprise).
Anxious that I won't be able to keep this up on a regular basis... but I'm determined to anyway.
I should have maybe saved the first post for the morning...when the caffeine has just started to hit and my creativity levels are at their all-time highest for the day.
The beer I drank earlier has made me tired and sluggish...so let this only serve to be the official first post of what I hope to be a long and fruitful journey.
Until next time...
An owner of two cats, a lover of coffee and The Beatles, a crossword fanatic and choir nerd at heart (among many other things).