Kim and I are moving our blog back to Blogger! Because Bluehost sucks!
5 years ago, Kim and I both switched our blogs to WordPress, and agreed to use Bluehost as our server. At the time we both had separate blogs. The price was expensive, but we were caught up in the trappings of WordPress (oh, Plugins, I’ll miss you the most!).
Our originial Bluehost price was 4.95 a month for 2 years.
We spent the next 2 years frolicking on WordPress, and when it came time to re-up, we didn’t really stop to think if it was worth it. I don’t remember what their first offer was, but Kim used her skills to talk them down a bit.
So for the past 3 years (yup, we had to agree to 3 years) was 6.95 a month.
A lot has happened in the last 3 years. Kim’s been busier than ever as a teacher, I’ve been working 2 jobs, and Kim joined my blog so that we could blog together and have some support. We both love book blogging, but we never wanted to make a job out of it, or try to monetize it, we just love the community and reading.
So, this time Bluehost tried to get us to go up to 10.95 a month.
And I should clarify that- you pay all at once, not monthly.
But Kim used her Math Skills to explain how much that would be, compared to how much we used to pay, and my eyes popped out of my head.
I’ve had a rough month, my mom ended up in the hospital due to her COPD (she’s doing much better, and she’s get physical therapy in rehab for the next 2 weeks), so my brain has kind of been swiss cheese… but Kim and I are infrequent bloggers at best (I started off strong this year, but not so much the 2nd and 3rd months).
We still love blogging, but paying lots of money, especially when we’re probably using less of Bluehost’s services and resources than ever before seems… ridiculous.
But still, the plugins are great. So Kim tried to negotiate. Kim is pretty damn good at it, but Bluehost does not give a crap about existing customers.
So they offered us 8.95 a month.
Now, for new Bluehost customers, the offer ranges from 2.95 to 3.95.
Bluehost is trying to offer incentive to attract new customers. Which I get.
But there are a whole lotta dollars between 2.95 and 8.95, and basically what it amounts to is that Bluehost doesn’t care about our business.
And our blog, while still super important to us, no longer seems worth it to pay to run. Even with the pretty plugins.
So Kim is doing her blogging magic to switch us back to Blogger. Our blog will look a little different, but I hope you’ll (and I mean the 4 or 5 of you that stop by our blog) will join us once we complete the move (sometime before April 2nd).
We love you, book bloggers! Come on and join us back at Blogger!
We’ll post once more before the end, to make sure you have a link (although if everything goes the way we’ve planned — okay, the way Kim planned, then our web address will remain the same and our few loyal readers won’t have to do anything special to keep getting our blog posts).
And to you, Bluehost, even though you don’t seem to care, we wanted to leave you with a Betty White meme that best sums up how much we value your customer service.
Welcome to our Sundays In Bed With… Meme! The meme that dares to ask what book has been in your bed this morning? Come share what book you’ve spent time curled up reading in bed, or which book you wish you had time to read today!
We’re done trying to make this a blog hop, but still feel free to participate! Maybe someday we’ll try to make it happen as a blog hop again, but right now we feel like Gretchen trying to make ‘fetch’ happen.
This morning Kim is reading:
I’m going to be starting Fragments of the Lost today. I have somethings to do around the house that I didn’t do yesterday because I went shopping (and spent waaaay too much money, but whatever lol) but after I do all the things I will settle down with this book. Only one more week until spring break!
This morning Kate is reading:
Kate is reading Children of Blood and Bone. I have no idea what it’s about but I hope Kate has time to read it. She’s been super busy with work and family stuff and then a little blog issue was thrown in there (will discuss more on that later) so she deserves some time to read!
In order to review as many books as possible without stressing ourselves out, these super mini- tweet style reviews are going to help balance our other review styles. All our Short and Tweet reviews will be 140 characters or less (except when they are a bit longer). Thanks to Tif from Tif Talks Books for the idea!
Just whetted my appetite for Frankie and Eric’s story. Wish I had paid attention that it was the same people who was featured in Ain’t She a Peach so I could have read it closer to that, but oh well.
Feel free to write your own Short and Tweet Reviews, just add your link in the comments below!