Yes, the time has come for the blog to get a complete and utter makeover.
I just wish it was as easy for me to get one! (But more on that, later in the week.)
As the launch of Made to be Broken approaches, I’ve been thinking about the look of the blog and have considered having a landing page where I can show both books off – along with their fabulous new covers. And, what I haven’t yet mentioned, is there will be a third book out just before Made to be Broken (I hope). A prequel to Shallow Waters from the point of view of DC Sally Poynter, so readers can learn a little more about her. (No plot spoilers in the comments, please.) Which means there will be three beautiful book covers to show off.
Also, there has been a recent issue come up with my mailing list. Mailchimp has decided that using a gmail address isn’t good form and very soon I probably won’t be able to get the emails through to anyone who also has a gmail email address, which isn’t a good place to be, as you’ll be missing out on so much.
I do have a rebeccabradleycrime email address, but because I have my domain pointing to this hosted WordPress site it will cost me for them to do something or other technical to make it work (I already asked them and according to my domain supplier it’s not that difficult).
So, with the issues of wanting a new look anyway and problems with the email list, if I change from the hosted (free) WordPress site to a self-hosted (where I pay for the hosting but not the WordPress software) WordPress site, then I can make it look the way I want it to and I can make my email work as well. Two (electronic) birds, one stone.
Please don’t worry about the new look. I will still be blogging regularly, but I may have to change the blog section of the address to rebeccabradleycrime/blog or something…
What I’m wondering, and I’ve done a bit of research and the www is telling me it’s an easy enough task, is, has anyone done this, swapped from hosted to self-hosted and what difficulties did you encounter? What do I need to be careful of?
And, if you like the blog, will you please, please make sure, your reader is still following the new one. I’ll leave this blog here redirecting to the new one. Only this will have it’s full WordPress title in the url bar.
This is quite scary for me. I have built up an active blog with great blogging friends and it terrifies me that I’m going to be lost in space all on my own! But, hopefully, this will be the last move we make. The previous one was from Blogger to WordPress.
So, I”m not sure of an exact date, but I think I’m going to get it done pretty quickly, please bear with me as I make the change and try to build a new site at the new location.