101 Goal Challenge: Week #4

I didn’t make a whole lot of progress on my list this week. It was my last full week, Hamid was out visiting his family in Lorraine, and the cat was still staying at his sister’s house from our trip to Switzerland. So I was a bit lonely.

On the bright side, I finally got Paris Unraveled back up and running after it was down for almost 10 days. When I originally started the site, more than 2 years ago, I had no idea what I was doing with WordPress, and a friend of mine offered to set it up for me on her account. This was a great arrangement for a while, as it saved me hosting fees, but unfortunately, any time I wanted to administer the site – by creating an email address or a subdomain, for example, I had to go through her.

So last week I finally set up my own hosting account with Bluehost, downloaded all of my posts, and set to work putting my site back online. I’ll spare you the technical details, but it involved a lot of trial and error to get my site back up and running the way I originally had it, and I also wanted to add subdomains to make my site a bit easier to handle. As it was, it was a heavy site with a bunch of different plugins, which meant it was often slow to load. So now that the site is up and running again, I can focus on growing it by writing guest posts and using social media.

I did write my first guest post this week, for a blog called I Love Study Abroad, which sent me a bit of traffic.

Now for what’s up this week:

My last day on the job is Tuesday, and Hamid should be coming home from his parents’ house on Tuesday night. The bottle of champagne is already in the fridge to celebrate.

This week, I also began working on a list of headlines for possible guest posts on travel and college student websites. In addition to writing the normal Monday and Thursday posts for Paris Unraveled, I’d also like to write at least one guest post for another site.

Finally, I have to decide whether or not I’m finishing my thesis for the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales for September. The deadline for defending it is September 30, but I haven’t talked to my advisor in months and I don’t even know if it’s too late to turn it in. If I *do* decide to finish, I’ll have to write the entire thing in the next 2 weeks or so. It’s only 50 pages, and the research is already done, but I don’t really *need* a third master’s degree, and I’d rather spend the time working on my website and developing my business. I’ll have to look at what I’d have to do to write it and figure out if that’s what I really want to do.

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