It’s time for some change! After careful consideration and many nights of blogging in bed(yes, I blog in bed, because it doesn’t feel like work and it’s comfier than a chair and a desk), I’ve made the decision to pimp up my blog this year. No, I’m not talking about a drastic rebranding of the blog, because my blog name, domain name and logo will all remain the same(also on Social Media), same goes for some of my topics. So instead of rebranding, I will refocus the blog a bit and make some small changes here and there.
Don’t worry, the changes will not take place all at once, but gradually throughout the first half of the year. I hope to have it all done by the beginning of Summer. First things first though, which is to declutter, rewrite, and re-edit some older posts, that have been looong overdue!
So What Exact Changes Will My Blog Go Through?
- Adjust some content/No more Series: When I started this blog I created a “Hair Journey Series” followed by some other smaller series. As of this year I’ve decided to quit all series, but the posts will be still visible on the blog. As of now, there will only be 5 categories present, which are Travel, Beauty, Style, Thursday Thoughts and Miscellaneous. I will still write posts about hair, but I won’t focus anymore on my personal “hair journey”, because I want to provide information that’s relevant to all hair types. Also, I’ve turned my “Thursday Thoughts Series “(personal thoughts on life, blogging and career) into a category now, which I believe, fits the new direction of my blog much better. During the coming months I will edit some posts here and there, and place them in the right category where they belong. So please bear with me if in some posts I refer to a series that no longer exists.
- Lower the frequency and amount of published posts: In my first year of blogging I published between 6 and 10 posts on average. For this year I’ve decided to publish no more than 5-6 posts per month. Why? I prefer to focus more on quality rather than quantity. I want to focus on creating quality content(photography included). My posts should tell a story and my visuals should complement my written text. I’ve realized that when I publish 1-2 post(s) per week, I get more and better engagement with the readers of my blog than if I would publish more. Posting once a week would also give me more time to promote archived posts on Social Media, interact with my followers and read other blogs as well(which is something that I’ve planned on doing more of also).
- Switch hosting providers and go from hosted to self-hosted/”THE BIG SWITCH”: The biggest change that will take place around my blog(aside from changing hosting providers), is transferring my WordPress.com (hosted blogging platform) to WordPress.org (self-hosted blogging platform). You can read more about my reasons for making “THE BIG SWITCH” below.
- Implement/Design a new theme: Once I’ve moved my blog successfully to a self-hosted platform, I won’t be able to keep this theme and actually I prefer not to. So I will change the design/theme of my blog along the way as well.
Why Move From A Hosted WordPress.com Blog To A Self-Hosted WordPress.org Blog?
To be honest, I believe I’m ready to take my blog to the next level. I feel that after one year of blogging on WordPress.com (1 year and 2 months after publishing this post), that it’s time to EXPAND my creativity. This is something I cannot do entirely here on WordPress.com, when I think of the restrictions and all. Besides, my premium account(which is kind of expensive in the long run) will expire just before the Summer and has a limited amount of media storage (13 GB to be exact). Since I love taking and sharing a bunch of photos, staying with wp.com would not be beneficial for me, because with wp.org I’ll have unlimited storage at a lower rate.
Plus, I also see myself monetizing the blog in the future through ads for example. Unfortunately, running ads on wp.com isn’t allowed. Well, I believe it’s for blogs with over 20k visitors or something like that. Even so, the ads and affiliate programs on wp.com are still limited. And this can all be fixed by making the switch to a self-hosting platform(wp.org) where I’ll be able to have the full control of managing my blog: From designing my own theme and running ads to implementing useful plug-ins to my blog(instead of basic widgets) and unlimited media storage.
Reason why it also took so long for me to take the next step of making the switch, is because I’ve heard some horror stories when it comes to the technical details of migrating and managing the blog through a self-hosted blogging platform. I figured, if I don’t try it out myself, I will never know and if I don’t do it this year, I will never do it. So what am I waiting for? I do have to say that it’s all a bit daunting though, but I’m sure I can handle it! In fact, If I decide to not do the migration myself, I can always outsource it. Nonetheless, for now I’ll try to make the process as easy as possible and less costly for myself. As you could tell, I’ve really thought things through, done the research(which is still ongoing btw) and weighed out the pros and cons of making “THE BIG SWITCH”.
So, once my blog has been migrated successfully I will let you guys know, obviously! I’ve been told that when making the switch from hosted to self-hosted, you will lose the followers on wp.com . My blog posts will not show up in the Reader section of wp.com anymore. I’m not 100% sure about this though(they might have changed it now), but don’t worry, my lovely wp.com followers, I’ll still check out your blog every now and then, so you know I’m still around in the blogosphere. Besides, you can always follow me on Social Media(Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Bloglovin). In the meantime, you can still get my regular blog updates here until the Summer(I hope).
With that said, have you already made “THE BIG SWITCH”? Are you planning on doing so in the future? Or what other changes have you made for your blog or planned on doing?
And if you have any suggestions, please do share your thoughts with me in the comment section below. As always, xo – Jey.