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Michael Brooks

Freelance Website Developer & Blogger in Newton Abbot

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Struggling with money and how it affects Mental Health

Money is always a taboo that often gets swept under the carpet, much like mental health. It's a topic that should be talked about more, again like mental health. When you suffer from both, then it can be a volcano ready to explode at any moment.

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Dealing with death

Death is a terrible part of living. We all worry about death, and most of us aren't ready for it when it comes around. If someone passes then those close friends/family feel sadness and mourning and have to deal with so much. Funerals, funding, banking services are just to name a few of the things that have to be dealt with, and it's a terrible situation to go through.

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My cat Squiggle is not well

My cat has gone to the vets twice because he has a pain in his back. He is constantly licking surfaces, himself and also scratching, digging, and biting himself. It's definitely a discomfort, but the vets can't find the answer, and it's so frustrating. If you stroke the lower part of his back, he will start to lick and/or bite you to tell you it's hurting. His hair looks dandruffy and is falling out easily, yet it doesn't look like he has mites or fleas.

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Migrating this website to SiteGround

Yesterday I wrote a blog post about SiteGround, you can see it here if you haven't already read it. In that blog post, I stated that my wife's website, Brooks Pet Sitters was hosted with them. However, the website you were reading from was hosted with Digital Ocean. Digital Ocean is great if you have complicated sites or programs, but this is a simple WordPress site. All shared hosting will work with WordPress, so why did I go with SiteGround?

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Thinking of self-hosting your Blog?

I've self-hosted my blog for a long time now and I've just migrated my wife's website from [Weebly](https://www.weebly.com) to self-hosted. For general purpose WordPress websites, I've found the best hosting is through [SiteGround](https://www.siteground.co.uk/index.htm?afcode=69eb60ca183b5e801f806be97490c807). They offer great solutions for exactly what you need. E.g. they have optimised hosting for Wordpress, WooCommerce or general cloud hosting. You can go from hosting one site or upgrade to host multiple sites.

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