I've always had a fascination with how things get done: the bits in-between the beginning and the end. Have you ever seen those films about manufacturing [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB4h8DMDISk] or artists demonstrating their skills [Este McLeod https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKWGdG1iPb0]? I could watch them for ever...
So yesterday, the day I formally threw down the gauntlet, became all about the nitty gritty. There was no space to undertake one iota of anything creative once I'd battled the beast of that which I'd been avoiding. After I wrote my declaration post I was invited by my web host (Wix) to have the soph&son website talk to Google. A wizard was there to step me through the process. I love a wizard.
It was all going swimmingly until I had to link my dedicated email, firstname.lastname@example.org which had been deleted, apparently, and so I was at a standstill. Resolving this involved five hours, FIVE HOURS! and six phone calls between me and my email provider (Vodien). Also an aborted walking of Pluto because of a bee sting and rushing him to the vet. He's okay, a bit sooky. I know you were worried.
During the course of my conversations with tech support they confirmed what I had put to the back of my mind: an uncomfortable fact.
I have structurally set soph&son up very badly.
the web host is with one company
the domain name is with another, and
the email server is with yet another.
And all the contracts expire at different times.
I recognise this is due to:
lack of planning and foresight,
trying to save money,
an utter defect of technical knowhow, and finally
fear of change when I don't understand.
I'm telling you this so you don't fall into this trap.
I don't actually know how to get out of it at this point. I'll probably have to talk to someone who knows. Or if anyone reading this knows, can you help, advise, or do I need to?
Anyway, that's where I'm at now. It's all working. soph&son's up and running: registered with Google. That's a big step in the right direction. So onward!