A New Beginning

Well, here we are on our brand new, self hosted, all mine site.

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I am so excited!

On the list of stressful and scary blogging related things that I have done making this switch definitely takes the cake. But today I look around and know that it was the best decision I could have made and I am so glad that I didn’t let fear scare me away from doing it.

I wanted to write this post for two reasons.

#1 // I wanted to make sure my emails are being sent out and my posts are appearing on Bloglovin.

#2 // I wanted to answer the question several people have asked me, why did I make the change?

Making this change was something that I have been debating for right around a year now. Initially it was the idea of owning my own content that was so appealing (and it still is the #1 perk). Then reasons to change kept stacking up on top of each other. The plug-in options that come with WordPress, the formatting nightmares that drove me crazy on Blogger, the flexibility to do things I just couldn’t do.

I thought about making the change time and time again and finally without a second thought I decided to jump. I spent about a week feeling like I had bitten off more than I could chew, worrying I made a huge mistake and on Friday I had an excruciating 8 hours of helplessly waiting to see if I had done everything correctly. You can only imagine the feeling of relief I had when I received this text from one of my dearest blogging friends (don’t mind my fat finger typos).

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It had worked!
Thank you Jesus!

Today I wanted to thank a few people. God has blessed me with some amazingly supportive and helpful blogging friends and I couldn’t have made this transition as smoothly without their guidance, help and words of encouragement. 

Thank you!
Stephanie, Keri, Emily & Elizabeth and so many others who cheered me on.

Today is kind of like a new beginning around here.
I couldn’t possibly be more excited to see what the future holds.

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  • You’re going to LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Let me know if you need anything!!! <3

    • Thanks Jess. Right now my biggest problem is Bloglovin. It’s not publishing my posts. I even tried reclaiming my blog but that didn’t seem to work either. So now I am just waiting on them to hopefully update something for me. Waiting really stinks sometimes :). Hope you are having a great weekend!

  • Congrats! I have been debating this for a while but the whole thing just scares me! So are you going in and manually changing the links in your posts? Yikes! Keep me posted, and congrats again! So exciting, can’t wait to see what you have in store!

    • It was a lot of work, but I am glad I went for it. No, no I didn’t. I am sure there are plenty of broken links. but when I did a search most of the broken links that popped up where for retail items. So I haven’t messed with going through and fixing them yet. Maybe some day. Most of the links transferred fine. My biggest frustration is that my bloglovin currently isn’t updating and it reformatted my posts leaving some of them looking a bit different than I prefer. But I just had to let that slide. Maybe some day I’ll fix them even just tackling a month a week or so.

      • So you did it all yourself. I feel so overwhelmed with it all, but I’m sure you know the feeling! If you had to do it again, would you pay someone else to do it for you?

        • I did it 100 percent by myself, terrifying, right?! That was exactly how I felt. Overwhelmed, excited and like I had made a stupid choice. BUT, it all worked out.

          No way man, I’d do it myself again…. mostly because I’m cheap :P!

  • woo hoo!!! I’m so excited you did this.

    • Thanks friend, me too. Now if only I could get my posts to show up on Bloglovin…. I think they need to refresh or update my rss feed. Bleh, technology.

  • Yeah!! I love the new site and I am soooo impressed with how quickly you got it up and running! Nice work, Beth!

    Thanks for the shout-out. I was happy to help in any small way that I could. 🙂 I am excited to follow along with your new site!

    • Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am still trying iron things out a bit, but it will eventually get there.

  • Justine Y

    That is so awesome! I’m currently (finally) working on my redesign as well. And by I’m currently working on, I mean my graphic designer/developer is. 😉 But I’m crazy excited/nervous, and seeing posts like this make me more so!

    • So awesome Justine. Haha, ha. I really should hire my stuff done too…. but I’m to much of a control freak to do that, lol. It’s going to be awesome!

  • It looks great! A redesign is on my list ASAP…when I find the time, of course!

    • YES! I totally understand. This sucked up more time than I care to mention :(.

  • I love the new look! For some reason, this site is on our blocked list at work, so it’s taken me a while to catch up. It looks so good though!

    • Haha! I bet I know why. One of my friends who is a teacher says it is blocked at the school he works out too for possible pornographic content. LOLOLOL. I laughed so hard when he told me that. I guess my site name raises a red flag on some really intense filters. So funny.

      Thank you Jamie!

  • Loving the new look!!

  • Desiree @ Macke Monologues

    Woohoo!! So glad to hear the transition was smooth! Loving the new look!

    • Thank you so much friend. I am this close to having it all done.

  • Congrats! Looks great! I was just telling Courtney (a+life) that I needed to pick her brain about making the switch! I will have to add you to that list!

    • Well if you want to do the switch yourself I suggest you pick my brain but if you’re out to hire it done pick hers hehe he :). We’ll get you pointed in the right direction some how.

      • Oh you’re brave! I wouldn’t know the first thing about doing it myself!

        • Hehe then I’d talk to Courtney :).

          LOTS and LOTS of youtube videos and tutorials is how I did it.

  • YAY, congrats! I made the switch too last week…I’m loving WordPress so far!

    • Really?! That is why your site was down right? I am loving it too but I am working on my static page and I just want to be DONE. Haha, soon enough.

  • Ashley

    Yay!!!

  • YAY!!! Congrats on the move to WordPress! Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. I’ve been toying with the idea a little, but don’t know that I have the time to really learn how to use it. Blogger is just so easy 🙂

    • See I actually think WordPress is easier. After I get through the learning curve I’ll let you know if I stand with that or not.