Hello dear friends, well as you can see, the deed is done. I have redesigned my blog, set up house in a new neighborhood and moved to a new address. And it all still works! Yay!!!!!
So why all the changes? Well as for the design part that’s easy, I like to change things up, both in my real life and here on the web. I was itching for a new design. And I had been collecting my wish list and inspiration file for some time. I was ready for it.
As for leaving Blogger and moving to WordPress? That was a hard decision. I love Blogger, I love the ease with which it allowed me to blog and not worry to much about practicalities. I loved being able to customize the hack out of it and I loved the safety and familiarity of it all.
But Blogger comes at a prize too. We have all experienced the blackout last year, the whole commenting system has given us more trouble than it should, and let’s face it when you are on Blogger, Google owns your blog. And they can do with it what they want….
Google has just announced that they will discontinue Google Friend Connect, and this weekend they pulled the plug on the Photo Editing Website Picnik. If they decide one day that they are not making enough money with Blogger they could just take it down too. Poof! just like that, and your blog would be gone and there would be nothing you could do about it.
But to be honest the most important reason for me to move to WordPress was simply the flexibility and potential my blog will have to evolve here. As I was preparing my ‘to-do’ list to give my Blogger blog the new look I wanted, and while I was compiling the tutorials on how to make those things happen, I realized a couple of things. That list was crazy long, the tutorials were getting more complicated all the time AND I realized I was in essence trying to make my Blogger blog look and function like a WordPress blog. So why not take a deep breath and move….
I moved myself from Blogger to WordPress. Well almost by myself. In the end I had to hire a little help. When I decided to move to WordPress.org (self hosted WordPress) I knew two things. One, I could not afford to have the whole design and moving process done by a professional, even if I’d wanted that. And two, I wanted to understand what I was doing. If I was going to be responsible myself for keeping my blog in the air and functioning after the move, than I wanted to know every aspect from what goes on behind the scenes. And what better way to get that knowledge than to figure everything out myself.
Oh and I am a-DIY-girl at heart I guess, in all things, including the blog.
So the first thing I did was buy this awesome Ebook: How to move from Blogger to WordPress by Sharon Huijk
If and when you ever decide you want to move your blog over to the self-hosted WordPress, get yourself this book!!!
(get it here in fact, because I can so wholeheartedly recommend it that I have become an affiliate).
Even if you will pay someone else to do all the work, this book will help you understand what he/she is doing and it will be a reference guide for troubleshooting later.
I think between Sharon’s book and my pit-bull like stubbornness to figure it out, I would have been able to do it all by myself. Except that I made things extra complicated…. of course…..
I decided I wanted a new address too. I never really cared for the “songbird-isnesting” part of my blog address. I hadn’t thought it out enough when I picked it. So I figured if I am going to rock the boat anyway, let’s make a big storm.
When it came to the actual real-deal moving part I asked Sharon for advice. And even though the book is a self-help-guide, Sharon was more than willing and gracious to give me some help and advice anyway. I soon realized that some hardcore coding would be necessary to move my blog and all of you faithful readers to the new destination. I was losing sleep over the thought of messing things up at the last step and loosing all of you in the process. So I ended up hiring Sharon to do that last part for me.
This is Sharon, doesn’t that lovely smile give you so much confidence? It did me…
And she did it masterfully. It all went so well, and it worked almost immediately. And she didn’t loose her patience with me even once, even though I kept pestering her with questions.
She is magic, sheer magic!!!!
And here I am, new blog, same blogger, same Songbird shenanigans.
So what do you think of my new home here? Do you still recognize me in it? Do you like the new functionalities? Are you missing anything? Is something bothering you? Let me know, I love getting honest and well meant feedback.
Oh and I have a question too.
When I designed the blog I used this picture from Design Seeds as my inspiration for the colors.
Lovely blue hues with some warm gray and a hint of pink in it. At least that is what I see in it and how the colors are on my screen. And that is how my blog looks to me too.
But when I look at my blog on my work pc, or on My Love’s Apple computer. The colors are not so much blue as they are gray. Donna described them as Sea Foam Green. So my question is what do you see? When you look at that bottom navigation bar under my header, is it blue as the sky on a sunny but freezing winters day? Or is it the color of the sea?
Pop Quiz!!!! Are you an:
- Apple user who sees a bright blue nav bar?
- PC user who sees a bright blue nav bar?
- Apple user who sees sea foam colors on this blog?
- PC user who sees sea foam colors on this blog?
Just curious I can live with sea foam, even if I designed it with clear blue skies in mind……
|A little more about Sharon’s ebook How to move from Blogger to WordPress.
I truly recommend this book to anybody who wants to know more about self-hosting on WordPress and about how to make the move from Blogger as pain free and effortless as possible.
This book will not tell you how to design your blog, but that is the only thing it will not tell you. It will teach you what hosting is, how servers work, how to get yourself a domain on a server and install WordPress and all the steps you will need to take after that.
Everything explained in such clear terms and with lots of examples that you really do not need a lot of knowledge beforehand to start working with the book.
As I said I love it so much that I have become an affiliate because I think that if you want to understand your blog, you need to know what you are doing.