I’ve been blogging now for almost two years. It was something I started on a whim really. I had thought about starting a blog for a while, but never really thought about, about what it would lead to in the future.
When I first sat down to write this post on my son’s 5th birthday in 2015, I had no idea what I was doing. Struggling with the emotions of watching my children grow at what seemed like an unnatural rate, I simply felt compelled to write. I needed to have something to document their lives before their childhood was nothing but a memory. And so, my little blog was born.
At the time, I didn’t know much about blogging platforms. I had a blog on Blogger as a teenager, so sticking with what I knew, I created my new blog on there too. Blogger is easy to use, and it’s free which is great for someone starting out. It served me well for 18 months, but it does have it’s drawbacks. The one thing that always bothered me about Blogger is that I never really owned my content. Blogger is owned by google, and they had the right to take my blog down at any time.
Towards the end of the summer, I started to think about making the big move from Blogger to hosting my won blog with WordPress. It took a lot of reading and researching, debating and deliberating but at the end of October I finally took the plunge.
I chose a hosting package (I went with TSOhost, for anyone that wants to know!), found a design that I liked, and then sat up until 2am one evening moving all of my blog posts over and getting everything working correctly.
The process wasn’t as hard as I imagined, although there were a few hiccups along the way. I actually went to bed almost in tears at 2am because I thought I had broken everything, but the process took a couple of hours and when I woke up in the morning and anxiously opened my laptop, I found everything was working as it should. I think you could hear my squeals of delight from miles away!
That was a couple of weeks ago now. There have been some tweaks needed here and there, and there are still some things I need to change and play about with, but I’m finally happy with how it’s looking. So, um… Ta Dah! Here is my shiny new blog, what do you think? It is not a massively different layout to the one I had on Blogger, but it looks a bit more polished. It’s by no means a finished article, the beauty of WordPress is that there are so many features and it is so customisable, so I think I’ll be tinkering around with things for a while, but I’m so happy with it so far, and I’m glad I made the move!
My new blog has made me feel excited about blogging again. It feels like the beginning of a new chapter!
Let me know what you think in the comments below. I’d love a bit of constructive feedback if you have any!