Surviving the first 6 months of being independent

I created The EdRay Report to give my opinions on gardening, health, and economizing. Since YouTube is oversaturated with content to where you cannot clearly get your message out there, I decided to bring my content here in hopes of uploading videos. This was not an easy task due to poor web hosting choices. The first two months were the most stressful.

Due to my budget at the time, I couldn’t afford to get a paid webhost that would protect this website in the event of failures. My original blogs are gone. I’ve learned from experience owning a website that if you want to protect your website from crashes that would destroy valuable information, you have to purchase a hosting service.

After I purchased a hosting service, I finally was able to access the plug-ins necessary to upload videos here independently. Thus, I took my content from my YouTube channel The EdRay Report and brought it here. Up until May, viewership was up. However, accessing the site was not easy.

I was trying to purchase security from this site and had a difficult time coding it to turn HTTP to HTTPS for The EdRay Report so people can view all the episodes of The EdRay Report. After a while, I figured it out, making the website more accessible. After that, viewership on this site took off.

While there have been a couple of times when the site went down, it would come back with the exception of a few weeks. I was burned out, stressed over personal situations, etc. But eventually I came around and contacted my webhost to fix the issue, allowing me to bring this site back up. I’m committed to trying to bring more quality episodes of The EdRay Report come July. Episode 13 will come soon.

What are the goals for The EdRay Report during the second half? Well, if I get Patreon donations, I will use it to renew my domain deal, get a new hosting contract, and eventually invest in equipment to improve video quality. If I do not get Patreon donations before the end of 2019, it’s pretty much curtains for this website. Does this mean every episode of The EdRay Report vanishes? No.

As much as I do not want to reupload my core content on YouTube channel, I would like to keep all the episodes of The EdRay Report here where it’s protected. Getting better equipment including a camera would allow me to evolve beyond vlogging. Meanwhile, you folks can spread the word about The EdRay Report and help me accomplish my goals into evolving this site from gardening, health, and economizing to more entertaining content independent from YouTube.

To conclude, for the people that have followed me from the beginning, I want to say thank you. Despite my struggles building up this website during the first six months, I will continue to provide blogs and vlogs during the second half of the year. Tell your friends, family, and even enemies about The EdRay Report. And please, if you enjoy my blogs and vlogs, support my Patreon if you please. Thank you for your time.

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https://www.patreon.com/TheEdRayReport

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