Archive | January, 2013

Moving your blog from WordPress to your own domain

28 Jan

I am a tech savvy person. I own my own domains, build small websites, custom built my home computer. But i was still a little nervous moving my blog from barefootandbrilliant.wordpress.com to www.barefootandbrilliant.com

Turns out it was very easy to achieve and comes with some benefits!

I decided to do this mainly so i could put some google adsense up on the blog. Using wordpress doesnt allow you to have any ads.
Also i like being the master of the own domain. The possibilities are endless when it comes to branding and expansion in the future. Here is how to do it…

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How to do it.

Step 1: Buy your own domain name and hosting account. I use www.godaddy.com for both.
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Step 2: If you are using godaddy its very simple to install wordpress. First you just need to attach your domain to the hosting account. Once inside your hosting account you will see a WordPress icon. It is a popular app and can be installed with just the click of a button. Thats pretty much it!!

Step 3: Log in to your wordpress.com blog. Go to the dashboard of your blog and go to Tools > Export. Click the Export (Free) option. Export all content and then click “Download Export File”. Save the .XML file somewhere on your computer that you will be able to find easily.

Step 4: Once WordPress is done installing on your godaddy hosting, navigate to the Dashboard > Tools and this time select Import. It is time to import that .xml file you exported from the WordPress.com blog. So go ahead and navigate to wherever you saved that .xml file and now upload it using the Import tool in your new blog.

Thats about it! You may need to play around with the theme and some options. You will lose any “likes” as well, because that is just part of the WordPress.com community. I believe you will lose followers as well. So what I did to encourage them to follow me to my new domain, was to post an update to each blog post, letting the visitor know about the blog’s new home. If you want, you can pay for a redirect service on your wordpress.com blog to redirect visitors automatically to your new domain.

Contact me or comment on this post if you want some help with this or have any questions I will be glad to assist!!!

Now that my blog is up and running on the new domain, i am focusing on customizing it and making it pretty. I’m sure it will always be a work in progress so please follow and check back periodically. I LOVE to hear from people visiting my page. Please send me a message to say hello, ask a question, or to give your feedback. Thank you!!!

My LASIK Experience: The Best Money I Ever Spent On A Sensationless Blur of Colors & Lights

16 Jan

Yay! I am a LASIK success story. Actually, probably the best possible success story there is! Maybe? hah, ah whatever, good enough to say the best in my perspective atleast. It was pretty much painless, so so quick, and worked like a charm!

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First, a little background info… I am 26 years old and have been wearing glasses and contacts for over 10 years now. It wasn’t until highschool that my eyes went bad. I started having blurry vision just around the same time my parents (finally!) got a family computer. Yeah, i was on that thing all.the.tiiiimeeee. I wore my contacts much more often than the glasses. My problem was astigmatism. Everything was just blurry. It wasn’t bad in the beginning. But every year I got worse and worse, which brings me to present time, where my Rx is -5.00 in both eyes. After an ulcer in my left eye just two few years ago, and then corneal infiltrates in both last summer 2012 – I decided it was time to look into LASIK. I did plenty of online research on the pros and cons, talked to all my friends who have had it, and thought it over for a long time. (Turned out that I knew so many people who have had LASIK! But had just never known because I became friends with them after their procedures and, well, eyesight and LASIK just never came up in conversation. So ask around, your friends will give you referrals!) Anyway, I went to a few different places for free LASIK consultations, they were doctors that my friends had used. After meeting with a few doctors, a friend told me he had went to Dr. Cary Silverman from EyeCare20/20, so I decided to meet with him. Well, I found my doctor! Average in price but superior in facility, comfort, and reputation I decided then that this would be the place to get LASIK performed at. They even gave me a several hundred dollar discount for donating to his charity! I was so excited! I didn’t really remember what my daily life was like without relying on vision correction… having to take out my contacts every night before bed, always planned… so much extra shit while traveling… everything.. only people with eye problems will get it. It is something you deal with every single waking moment of your life, it is a part of your lifestyle, it is part of your identity. Every night before bed I thought about how great it would be to not have to deal with my eye, my contacts, or finding my glasses in the morning. I couldn’t wait for LASIK!

Friday January 11th 2013 I went in for the procedure. Nervous, I was shaking when I checked in at the front desk. I was thinking of all the worst case scenarios and silly things, like – what if i sneeze during it?! What if the numbing drops (that work on every one else) dont numb my eyes all the way and im the one person who can feel the laser?! I thought about every stupid “what if” thing. Yet, part of me knew it was unnecessary and that I was much more logical and stronger than those silly fears, yet I was still a little scared. And excited. They gave me Valium, which is standard procedure at most places. It really did calm me down. I was very relaxed going into the surgery. First, the nurse told me to look at the clock on the wall. It was blurry, I could not make out the numbers. She put some numbing drops in my eyes. I could feel it taking affect. Just a tiny little sensation in my skin around the eyes, nothing to be alarmed about though. Hardly noticeable. I layed down with my head under the equipment. There was a green light in the middle, surrounded by clusters of red lights in the four corners. Thats what my eyes saw while i was laying under it with the machine over my face, targeting my eyes. The machine wasnt on or anything, I was just laying there waiting for the doctor. When he came in, they taped back my eyelids, then put in the clamp device that keeps your eyes open. It was painless. I could feel it, but it was just a very light pressure. Nothing too uncomfortable. My eyeballs were numb so I couldnt feel anything, it was hard to feel if my eyes were even moving around. You just see blurs and colors, and the doctor spoke to me through the whole thing. The actual laser part was only a minute or 2 long I’d say. Painless.

I think I was so scared because I imagined experiencing an impending doom approaching my eye followed by some burning pain, but in reality my vision was only a blur, eyes numb, and mood so relaxed that all it seemed like I was looking through a kaleidoscope. A sensationless blur of colors and lights and darkness blending together in and out of focus. Within 5 minutes it was all done. I sat up and looked at the clock, which read 12:25pm. WOW. I can see immediately!!!!!! Its a little cloudy. And when i saw myself, my eyes were a bit puffy. But what do you expect?! I felt fine and I could see perfectly with my natural eye balls! They put goggles on me that I was to wear until the next morning. They were not bad at all. I cried tears of joy on the car ride home.

By the time I got home, about a half hour later, my eyes did hurt a little bit.. they burned. I went to sleep with the goggles on and woke up 5 hours later. and my eyes felt fine! totally normal!! The next day at my follow up appointment, it was confirmed that I have 20/20 vision and it could possibly continue to get better over the next few months as my eyes heal completely. AMAZING!!!!

The next morning, just 24 hours later, I woke up, took off the goggles, and it felt as if nothing ever even happened to my eyes! They felt perfectly normal. I could not believe it! How incredible technology is, and how amazingly fast my eyes seemed to start healing. I went about the day as normal. Just no tanning, no gym, and no makeup. I wore my goggles while cleaning though, just because I was worried about cat hair and dust flying into my freshly laser-sliced eyes. All was fine. I was tired very early though, by 8pm my eyes felt heavy. So naturally, I just fell asleep on the couch (with my goggles on ;) .

I had to put drops in my eyes and sleep in the goggles for only the next four nights, which makes tonight the last night. I will have to be careful about UV exposure and rubbing my eyes for the next few months, but thats nothing compared to having seemingly naturally perfect vision for the rest of my life! My eyes aren’t even dry and have no halo’s or night light problems. My vision is better now than it has ever been!

The best money I ever spent.

Going for LASIK

10 Jan

Tomorrow I go for Lasik eye surgery!! So very excited, but the closer it gets the more nervous I am becoming. I will update my blog with my recovery progress. I hope I am one of the success stories…