It all started when my friend Abe (you’ll see him in my blogroll) asked a question I had asked myself so many times before. I don’t think he’ll mind my sharing it here, as I’m sure many of you have asked the same thing too.
Which is: is there a way to email a blog that you read to someone’s email account?
I started to reply to him and then thought “hey maybe I should take a good look” and so that’s what I did.
Or started to do.
I went to wordpress.com’s personal dashboard, which is basically a menu system that allows you to customize the crap out of your blog. Everything from general appearance to widgets (that’s those things you see along the side of this blog, like stats, and twitter comments and the like), to how many nested comments are allowed. (I set mine at the max, by the way, which is ten. Apparently that’s still not nearly enough).
And then I discovered a menu item called “domains”.
“Hmm” I thought. “Maybe there’s something in there.”
I’m an IT guy, so I know damned well there would be nothing in there having to do with emailing blogs elsewhere. Still, my ears were up and so I went sniffing around.
“Interesting!” I thought. This was clearly an item that, when accessed, would allow you to provide your own domain for your blogs. I didn’t have a domain though.
“Hmmm. I wonder if anyone’s chosen wolfshades.com yet” (Those of you who’ve looked at your address bar at the top of your browser now might have an idea where this is going.)
So…I went to godaddy.com. Bear in mind: I still hadn’t replied back to Abe’s email yet.
Nope. wolfshades.com was available. For only $7.99 or something. Such a deal. I thought I should go for it.
So I decided to buy the domain.
The sign up area wanted an email address, and not one of those throw-away free ones either. The website indicated that a godaddy.com email address would work.
“How do I get one of those?” I wondered. “Maybe I should click on ‘new account’ and I’ll get one that way.” The website wasn’t clear.
I set up my new account, but it was still wanted an email address, so I gave it the one I’m using.
“There” I thought. “Done.”
But wait. Where’s the godaddy.com email?
So I spent another fifteen minutes looking around for that option, clicking on various links. And then finally I found it. And yes, it costs money.
“Well screw that” I thought, disgusted. “I already pay enough for my current Apple email account”
So…I went back and purchased my wolfshades.com domain. And I also bought the Canadian version – wolfshades.ca – just to keep it safe and out of other people’s hands.
Then came the add-ons.
“Do you want five email accounts with 2 Gigs of storage?”
“Or maybe ten email accounts with unlimited storage?”
“Or do you want the Deluxe package?” (Ten email accounts, unlimited storage and I think a yearly vacation in the Bahamas and they come take your ex mother-in-law away, never to be seen again. I could have that last one wrong though.)
I started to sign up for the middle option so that I could have unlimited storage. Then I thought “what in heck am I going to do with ten email accounts? That’s just stupid. And do I need storage? No. Absolutely not.”
“In fact, I don’t even need one email account.” And with that, I clicked on “remove”.
“Do you want to protect your domain?” From what? Raiding invaders? Gingivitis? I read a bit further. Apparently there are people who will park themselves, just waiting for your account to lapse just so that they can scoop the domain. Yup. Need to protect myself. So I clicked on “buy”.
“What about privacy? Do you want your real name, address and email blasted across the internet, whenever someone does a WHOIS on wolfshades.com?” (Not in those words of course.) Absolutely not. I’ve got stalkers out there (long story, and another blog). I figured I’d better buy my privacy too.
“We’re assuming you want two years on this account right?” I looked at the bottom line. We were into about $120.00 by now, so I changed that to one year.
“Do you want people to know your website is safe?” Kind of like “stampsies” I suppose, where you slam your foot to the ground and say “HOMEFREE!” Yes, I suppose I want people ot know my site is safe. Buy.
Are we freaking done yet?
Nope. “Time to pay sucker sir. How do you want to do this? Credit card? PayPal? Two goats and a pig? Staring contest?”
I made my chose and, just before I click on “buy” I noticed that there was a little field called “coupon code”.
SCORE! That must mean I can get this a bit cheaper.
So I googled “coupon code for godaddy”. Found a site immediately, and plugged in a coupon code.
The page refreshed. The cost hadn’t gone down. Damn.
I went back to the coupon page and chose another one and plugged that one in.
The page refreshed, and there it was. $10.00 cheaper.
Man do I rock.
So. Are we done NOW?
Not quite, as it turned out. It took a bunch of verification mechanisms, including one phone call to my cell phone, before godaddy confirmed my purchase of the two domains. Time to plug that sucker into WordPress.
I tried. I clicked on Domains and then entered wolfshades.com.
“Sorry dude. We can’t even see you ever here. Did you enter it correctly? Did you wiggle the mouse?”
I had. But I did it again, because as everyone knows it takes a least two tries at doing the same exact thing before it works. Right?
Wrong. It didn’t work. WordPress suggested that I needed to add their name servers (it’s a long story. If you’re in IT you’ll understand but if you’re not, don’t worry your pretty little head about it, ‘k?). Anyway, I went back to godaddy.com and entered wordpress’ name servers. Then I went back to WordPress and tried it again.
It worked. But we weren’t quite done. WordPress wanted its slice of the pie too. “That’s gonna cost ya, buddy.” It sure did. $7.99 per annum.
I paid, and now finally, it worked.
But wait. What was I trying to do in the first place?
Oh right. Figure out if it’s possible to email a blog to someone. I spent another five minutes looking around and googling.
And so finally, two and half hours after Abe sent me the message, I finally replied back to him.
Sorry, Abe. I just lost focus again. I would tell you that it won’t happen again but …. I’d be lying.
Who knew a simple email would cost me $62.00?
Got any more questions for me, buddy? :)