The more observant among you, in fact anyone with eyes in their heads, will notice that my blog looks a bit different. Cooler, slicker, more professional. Ace, in fact.
Those of you who are bloggers yourselves will recognise what’s gone on here. I’ve waved a fond farewell to ‘blogger’, which has served me well for over two and a half years and have gone all fancy and ‘WordPress self-hosted’.
The cool kids have always used WordPress. Their blogs look slick and move in a slick kind of way. I’m not one of the cool kids. In fact I was always quite proud in a strange sort of way to have a blog which looked a little bit past it, but which was still fairly popular and could make it all the way to the finals of the MAD Blog Awards. Twice.
A bit like when I used to run in £30 trainers, a faded band Tshirt and some Tesco joggers. But then you realise you’re not a Tesco jogger kind of person. You’re a runner. You need running gear.
Well I’m a blogger. And I needed a decent blog.
I’d always been scared of crossing over to the
dark light other side. Because I’m a technophobe. I can’t do stuff on the internet. I also liked the fact that a fair few established and well-respected bloggers, like Chelsea Mamma Stressy Mummy and Rock ‘n’ Roll Mum were also on blogger. But then one by one they suddenly changed over to WordPress and I wondered what the big deal was.
Apparently it had got to the point where some companies won’t work with blogger bloggers. Not that that’s really an issue for me as I mainly just write about sweets.
And I used to get way too much pleasure out of looking at my stats. I loved the milestones – the first time I hit 100 views a day, then 200, 500… Then on Boxing Day I hit 1,400. That wasn’t right. And I realised my blog was just being hit by spammers. I was getting spam comments on email approximately every three minutes. I gave up looking at the stats, but last time I glanced at them I noticed they were up to 5,000 a day. With about 10% of them being real.
It was time to change.
Obviously I couldn’t do it myself because I’m a total technophobe. There would have been tears and irrational behaviour. It wouldn’t have been pretty.
So I got in touch with the amazing Geek Fairy who redesigned my blog AND switched it over from blogger to wordpress! I didn’t know what I wanted. All I knew was that I wanted to keep my roadsign, which a former colleague designed for me way back when I started blogging and I still love it.
It took a while. Some Internet Stuff got lost Doing Internet Things. In Cyberspace. (Not Geek Fairy’s fault, just one of those Mysteries of the Internet.) But here it is!
And I love it! I hope you like it too.