How To Migrate Your Blog

How to Migrate Your Blog – My WordPress Journey

My blog is finally self-hosted. And I promised to write how the migration had gone. This post will be about migrating a blog from to, using Bluehost as a host. Overall, my transition was smooth. However, it could have been faster if I only knew all the steps along the way. Frankly, they turned out to be more than I had imagined.

I tried to find articles by self-hosted bloggers that would explain it all. Bad luck with the googling, I guess. Because most blog posts I read on the topic would depict it as a 5-minute thing, a couple of clicks here and there – choose a new host, export your content, install WordPress, import content. Simple, right? It is simple indeed. But what if you:

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Simply Marina Finally Self-Hosted

Simply Marina – Finally Self-Hosted

I  am excited to announce that Simply Marina has become self-hosted. In my second year of blogging and after months of hesitation, I finally decided to take the next step. Because I had two options – either go self-hosted or give up. I was really close to the latter. I was actually on the verge of deleting all my social media accounts, my account, and last but not least my entire blog.

Just then a sudden inspiration struck. And I remembered why I didn’t want to say goodbye. I’m not done with blogging yet. I feel I’ve got more to say, more to share. Despite the unpleasant obsession with Twitter and other social networks, and even though it’s all too overwhelming at times… I believe it’s worth the efforts, not in terms of earning money. It’s worth it for so many other reasons as well.

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Hello Again

Hello again, my dear readers!

This is not exactly a blog post – parenting, family, expat or whatsoever. Neither is it a recipe or book review. I just wanted to say ‘Hi again’ to all of you who happen to stop by and read my stuff. Thank you for that, I deeply appreciate it.

If you’ve been wondering where I have been for the last few weeks (and my tiny little ego hopes that some of you have been wondering lol), the answer is quite prosaic – I was at home, our new home. Yeap, we moved home last month. Huge heaps of belongings waiting for me to pack and unpack, organising things, etc., etc. You know how it is, pretty stressful. Even if your new home is not so far away from the previous one. At least, my boy didn’t have to change school. He loves being at that school with his friends, so we thought it would be better for him to keep going there for now.

Family, home, love

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How To Set Up Your Site with Bluehost

OK, this is another blog post you would not normally see on my blog. How to set up your site – an easy step-by-step guide explaining what more you could do with your site by choosing the best web hosting, Bluehost. I am definitely not a tech-savvy person, but don’t worry, this guide has been created with the help of Bluehost professionals.

Recently, I have come across a number of posts by bloggers who have decided to go self-hosted and also use Bluehost. I’ve been considering this step of my blogging journey for some time but honestly, I haven’t mustered up enough courage yet. If you’re not like me and you’re ready to go pro, you may wish to read further.

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My Plan for 2017 is… No Plans

I can’t believe this is coming out of my mouth (in this case, my hand) but yes, 2017 will be the year of NO plans. I am a person who always makes plans, plans for pretty much everything – from the family’s dinners to moving house. Not this time, not this year. While many bloggers seem to be setting goals and writing them down on their blogs (I actually admire them), I am thinking of changing my own mindset.

My Plan for 2017 is No Plans_Simply Marina

Living in an everyday chaos and jumble has been a terrifying thing for me ever since I can remember. Not having a plan, not organising my time, not getting things done the way they should be – oh, how daunting it all sounds! But I think the insane pedant in me must be silenced. The pursuit of perfection must be ceased. Because perfection doesn’t exist. It’s time for a new approach.

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Merry Christmas from Simply Marina

Merry Christmas from Simply Marina

It’s Christmastime already. I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, cosy and joyful.

Our little family of three is celebrating on our own. This is one of the frustrations of being an expat – there are people you miss badly at Christmas, people who are still there, in the homeland, and you desperately want to give them a hug, to talk to them in the snugness of your own home, the home you have spent so many Christmases. Well, nostalgia will never cease.

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