I spent most of my Saturday driving a semi-trailer across Europe while I caught up on several podcasts. And similarly, I ended the evening half-arsed tidying my desk whilst listening to a podcast. To most people, that may sound a lot like work, but to me it’s entertainment.

Not shown: the half-arsed messy side

Not shown: the half-arsed messy side

Earlier in the day I was telling a friend on Facebook about how she should buy a domain name for her blog to make it more professional. I casually told her how easy it was, confident in my assertions despite having never set up a blog myself. For a while now I’d been thinking about starting a blog like this one, so it seemed the perfect time to put my money where my mouth is and pull the trigger.

So I logged in to my domain registrar, punched in the domain name and hit buy. Within a few minutes uplategeek.com was registered, I’d pointed the DNS records to my existing hosting and added the site to my cPanel. I’d done all this before, so that was the easy part.

I decided to set up WordPress. As I said, I’ve never done this before, and I tend to over-research stuff I haven’t done before. I read articles on how to set it up, watched YouTube videos, all on how to manually download and install WordPress. Download the zip from the WordPress website, extract and upload to the web server, set up the database in MySQL, blah, blah, blah.

Then I watched one of the shorter videos on YouTube. They just logged into cPanel and clicked on the WordPress installer, punched in a few basic settings and it was done. It looked too easy, but I tried it anyway.

And it worked perfectly the first time, no issues at all. I just need to work on the template and maybe write an about page.

It did ask me for email addresses during setup, and I figured I should probably use my new domain. I hadn’t paid for email hosting when I signed up for the new domain, so I had nothing set up yet.

I registered my first domain in 2002 and my second in 2010; I signed on to Google Apps for free pretty early on for my first domain, and immediately for the second one, but I knew there was no longer a free option. So now I’m left with a choice, I can pay more than twice what I pay to host this blog and both my other domains, for each user I create on this domain; or I can piggy-back on one of the other domains using an alias domain; or I could fragment my services and go with a third-party email host, which may also not be free (and almost certainly won’t be as easy to manage as Google Apps).

So in the end, I only half-arsed finish setting everything up, much like my effort to tidy my desk. But at least it was fun, much like listening to podcasts whilst driving a semi-trailer across Europe!