I’ve shared with readers here and on my social media pages the problems I’ve had maintaining Indie Art South. I’ve found myself spending more time on website maintenance than writing. I have given up trying to understand what is going on with my site.
If I wrote politics, I might believe the host just wants rid of me. I don’t write politics now, so I’m just chalking up all this chaos to the fact I’m a very small account with a host that has become progressively more expensive and time consuming for me over the years.
I continue to get flags regarding updating WordPress, the availability of plugins, and other matters. All this has occurred despite the fact I upgraded my account and spent a significant sum (to me) to do it. I have had help from a number of customer service staff. I have spent hours and hours on the phone, and each time I thought problems were resolved, new ones arose. I have listened to hours of the most annoying music I’ve encountered while holding the phone as techs, mostly new hires, attempted to help me work out problems.
I’m not sharing this to draw sympathy, I just want everyone to know what is going on.
I have been working diligently on content in order to populate my new site at Patreon. At that site, my webmaster duties will not be nearly so demanding as they are now with IAS. I also decided to broaden my concept beyond indie arts. So many stories are just waiting to be told, not just about the arts but in other sectors.
At this point in my career, I find the ball entirely in my court. After hours and hours of frustration, I realized it’s the writing that is important, and relieving myself of maintaining a full, complex website is the best way to go.
I’m targeting the end of March, 2021 as my launch date. I’ll announce it here and on my social media pages. I’ll contact some longtime readers personally to let them know in advance.
As technology has become far more complex, maintaining a website has done the same. I will keep Indie Art South online for awhile and I will be migrating some of the most-read stories and some of the stories personally important to me to Patreon.
So stay tuned.
(Kay B. Day/March 10, 2021)