Yeehoo! There’s something so refreshing about kicking off this entire blog re-launch on the first day of a New Year. I’ve never been overly into the idea of a ‘brand new fresh start’ because of a calendar flip, but there is something mentally soothing about launching a new start at the very beginning of a new year. Plus, it makes my blog anniversary really easy for me to remember now.
So what happened? Well, back on Black Friday the hubs and I were looking into switching hosts for our sites. We weren’t at all happy with our old host, and also we wanted to go with separate accounts (I used to be listed as a sub-domain of his account). While it costs more, we both liked the idea of having completely separate entities to edit and deal with. So we found a great deal, we had both heard good things about the company we chose, and we made the switch and started the transfer. His was complete in two days.
Mine was an utter fucking disaster. And a relatively inexplicable one. To make a very frustrating long story short: the transfer was full of screw-ups, they kept accidentally locking me out of my own dashboard and login for days at a time so I could access nothing, and they couldn’t provide a reason as to why nothing would work or why I kept getting locked out. Not to mention customer service was ABYSMAL. I was on hold for 2.5 HOURS one night before giving up, and no one responded in the chat either. (Hubs still has his account there, but has had crap customer service as well. Luckily for him, not much has gone wrong.) This dragged on for close to three weeks before I asked for a refund, and I got one after another email fight, and moved along.
And now, here we are. I currently host via DreamHost, and honestly (full pun intended) it’s been a dream. No issues, their customer service has been brilliant, I’m loving it. However, as you may have noticed, I didn’t actually transfer my old blog over. During the two and a half weeks that I was fighting with other host company, I actually realized the idea of starting fresh wouldn’t be so bad. While I’ve been blogging for three years, I only really feel like I got comfortable with it in 2015. And so much of my blog was a hot mess. I’ll miss some posts, for sure. The artist interviews. My Life in Photos series (mainly for the memories, though I still have the pics).
But in truth, I’m really, really excited to have a completely fresh start. I’d already been planning a layout overhaul for 2016. My pageviews tanked in the last month (as they do when you aren’t putting out any content!) but even that I’m okay with. While ideally I’d like this blog to cover it’s own costs at some point, I’ve never really liked the idea of blogging for profit. It’s just not something I want to put the time into. I’d much rather connect with fellow bloggers on a more intimate setting than the giant career blogs you see out there. I want to use this blog as a way to share what I love.
So what can you expect this year? A bit more focus. I’m really excited to embrace my tagline of Artist. Mum. Geek. and keep my articles in line with that. Granted, those cover a hugely broad range (just GEEK itself is a giant topic) but I’ve got plans to keep things focused, and hopefully deliver stuff you guys will love to read! I’m excited to get more involved in the blogging communities I’m a part of. They’ll be new artist interviews for sure. Definitely giveaways; I love them!
And lastly, for my readers, thank you so much for your comments, for your support both here on the blog and other social medias, and in general for being totally awesome. Seriously, your comments and such have helped to give me some confidence in myself on so many levels and that is something I never expected to happen when I began and it’s something I truly appreciate. I’m wishing you all the best for 2016, and can’t wait to see what you all get up to! Happy New Year!