Sunday, 7 December 2014

::Blogging:: Blogging (Growing) Pains

I've had SimpleFibreLife for three years now and I'm ready for a change. I'm looking for more than what Blogger has to offer and I'm ready to shake up my part of the online neighbourhood. When I started my online blogging journey I wasn't sure where it would take me, after a few years I feel I want to commit more to my creativity and blogging.

In 2011 I started my blogging adventures on and right away I found it was not the best choice for me at the time. So, not long after I switched to Blogger, which has been a great platform in the early part of my blogging journey. Now I'm finding myself wanting more from my blogging platform; I'm looking for features and tools to simplify and streamline blogging, sharing and socialising in the online sewing community.

Occasionally, I'll come across an article or story of someone having their blog/account/shop shut down for no obvious reason without notice or consent. Every time I think, 'Hmmm, I should really do something about taking 'ownership' of my blog.'. I don't have too much content and I'm hoping it won't take me too long to transfer to a new platform.

A big part of wanting to make a change is because I'm not in love with the name  SimpleFibreLife any more. When I first started my blog I did it on a whim and picked a name that made sense to me. The name soon lost its appeal when someone told me that it sounded like the name of a breakfast cereal that would keep you regular. Bleurgh! Gee, thanks for ruining it for me! :(

As much as I'd love to be, I'm not really the type for a "big reveal"; I prefer to share the journey. Knowing me this change is going to take awhile and I want to be able to share here. Perhaps someone will find what I share useful.

I've decided I want to go down the route of a self hosted blog using To kick this project off I've bought a new domain name I've played with Make It Nifty as a name for my creative space for a while so it's nice to finally use it in a proper way.

I'm using HostGator for hosting because a couple of people I know are using them for their websites and have been happy with the service. I've installed the WordPress software onto my hosting space and now I'm working on somehow setting up a test blog for when I want to play around with themes and stuff.

Do you have any tips or tricks for someone moving from Blogger to WordPress? Do you have any tips for changing things like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?
I need all the help I can get. Wish me luck. Leave a comment below :)

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  1. Exciting news! I don't have any tips on switching platforms because I've never attempted it, but one of my old blogs was self-hosted with, and I LOVED it. There is so much more freedom, and you can do *almost* anything you want. Have fun with the new space! I'll be looking forward to hearing more about your journey.

    1. I'm looking forward to working with something new.
      It's going to be a bit of a learning curve. Thank goodness for the internet and search engines!


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