Life is Pain, Your Highness

Some days, I feel so on top of the world, that there is nothing I can’t do or figure out. This is not one of those days. Why does technology have to go and make me feel like such an idiot? My only comfort is knowing that I am totally not alone in this sentiment. I’m confident of this, since I work support in the tech industry. It’s okay people; your support engineer has those days where they can’t get their computer to start only to find it’s not plugged in, too. Or something like that.

I want to start a new blog. With the new fall season and all of my blog-worthy interests evolving the past few months, and the fact that I love to start new projects, I thought a blog that was more CrossFit and fitness-focused would be fun. Not that I can’t talk about CrossFit and fitness here, but I’m a bit OCD when it comes to content and I prefer to keep things organized. ERTR started out as a running blog, but then I stopped running. And then I had another baby. And then I started putting myself back together after baby. Now I feel like I’m ready to start a new chapter with blogging, and I felt that a shiny, new blog would  be the right way to do it.

But could that be easy? No. Mostly because I’m an idiot and I don’t know how the World Wide Web works, apparently. Because who wants to research and read about registrar domains and stuff? Can’t I just fire up a new WordPress site and go?

I had a feeling I was jumping into it too quickly. Because once I get an idea in my head, I have to do it NOW RIGHT NOW. So when I thought, “Hey, I know! Let’s start a new blog!” I have to pick out a name, set up a site, and GO! I wanted my new space to be focused on CrossFit, self-love, and holistic wellness. I thought “Eat, Lift, Love” would be a perfect name. So, while on my phone waiting for BART, I googled and didn’t find any hits so I figured the domain was up for grabs. Which is weird, because I thought that was a pretty good domain name. I jumped on GoDaddy and purchase the domain no problem. I set up a new WordPress site and mapped the domain.

Then I actually googled from my computer (not my phone). And someone already has a website at that url. WTH.

Turns out, registrars (the sites that sell and manage domains) can sell you domains already registered with another service. I should have looked up in the WHOIS database to check if the domain was already taken by another service. But I didn’t, because I didn’t know. Now I have to figure out a new domain name. Or I can forget about it and let this little blog evolve with me. That might not be a horrible idea, either. Actually, that requires a lot less effort on my part. And I’m lazy, so let’s do that instead.

False alarm! I don’t have a new website after all. Whew, that was a close one!

Go make it a great day!