I know, I know, I’ve read very similar posts by others in the past too and it’s really a very personal thing. I’ve been putting this process off for, literally, months. I decided to go self-hosted and up my game back in April – probably just round about the time that Sara from Mum Turned Mom posted her really helpful guide at which point I popped over to TSOHost and laid down my fiver for ownership of andthenthefunbegan.co.uk. I also made enquiries immediately with Helen Braid from Ellie Illustrates and assumed that having a re-design would necessitate the move to self-hosted. It turns out that that’s simply not the case – she can design a header which fits in perfectly with the WordPress Forever theme and slot in a nice little page background too with no effort whatsoever on your part. I enjoyed designing my new look but I guess I then laid back on my laurels and just decided not to worry too much about making the big techy move – something which kind of scared me!
In the last couple of months I’ve realised that I wanted to move the blog on a bit. Having a taster of some of the benefits of being a bona fide blogger have made my mind up. I want to continue to invest in the writing process; the thinking process; the journaling process; and I really hope that I don’t alienate anyone, especially not the brilliant bloggers I follow who don’t give a stuff about the ‘business’ side of the journey. Maybe I’m over-thinking this… at any rate, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to make the magic happen without owning my own domain with all that entails – the ability to write sponsored posts, potentially set up a linky or giveaway.
But at the same time, I was terrified of losing everything I have written, edited and styled over the course of the past 15 months and I began to procrastinate based on the need for several clear hours on my own (not something which comes too often these days!).
I began looking at creating some business cards to take with me to BlogFest in November and that’s when I knew that I had to grab the opportunity I had there and then, otherwise I would be drafting up cards with an obsolete web address. So I did it.
Following Sara’s guide to the letter, (and with a bit of help and guidance from her on the Twitter – thanks Sara!) I managed to safely dock And then the fun began… in the brave new world of WordPress.org.
Some immediate changes I made once the ball was rolling – other things I had been planning to do for months – included setting up my social media buttons (which I love!) and inserting a blog roll for lots of my absolute favourite blogs to read and follow in my sidebar.
But now? I feel a little underwhelmed. The blog essentially looks and feels the same in so many ways and, funnily enough, I haven’t suddenly been overwhelmed with PR people stumbling over themselves to offer me review opps just yet! But it’s certainly a work in progress and I’m confident that the hard work is now done which is a massive relief!
Self-hosted has to be my word of the week simply because I have been living, sleeping and dreaming about the blog all week – and I’m ashamed to say that the after-school tea & wind-down has left the children a little wild and manic as I’ve had one eye on HTML code and the other rapidly dropping!
I’ve also had a lot less time for reading and commenting up to this point so many apologies for that and I assure you all that I will be more present in the days to come!
Happy Weekend WOTWers! X