New Blog (Surprise!) and to New Beginnings


Surprise! So, I have a new website with a completely different look (including a new logo!), a nifty new domain name without the .wordpress tagged at the end of it. I have a website with a custom theme that I have full power over, because I’m now self-hosting! I know this kind of came out of nowhere, and I’ve never really spoken about wanting to self-host, but it’s something I’ve been considering for a few months now.

I’ve always been the type of person who likes to play around with code and themes, and (while being awesome and interactive and wonderful) just didn’t give me the opportunity to do what I wanted with my blog. I didn’t like their very limited arsenal of themes, and I would haveย to pay an ungodly sum of money to get my website a little closer to my aesthetic, and even then, I would’t get the full privilege of being able to customize everything on my own. I love design; I love playing around with colors and templates, and the lack of movement was putting me in a horrible blogging slump.

You know, I started blogging as a hobby, because reading was my passion, and I think that if blogging starts to feel like a chore, you’re not doing it right. As much as I liked my old website, I didn’t feel that pushย to post content regularly, to write reviews, and engage with the people in this community – and that was really beginning to take a toll on how I viewed reading and blogging, in general.

Unfortunately, this also means that I jumped into some decisions. Some of you may know that I introduced a co-blogger to the website recently – Erica was awesome and amazing, and just a genuinely lovely person who accommodated for everything, but as someone who’s always worked better alone, I had to backtrack. I think I was just so caught up in trying to feel some form of desire to keep blogging that I latched onto the possibility of having a co-blogger, without fully realizing that I work independently, and that it would just add more stress, and put me off blogging anyway. I feel so bad that I jumped into this, and Erica was so incredibly nice when I told her what was up, but I’m still super disappointed in myself.

Anyhoo, I’m not really sure how this works yet. I’m still trying to fix my links, trying to format my old posts to fit the aesthetic of the new website, and I’m a little concerned because it’s so photo-based (and I’m just a generally lazy person), but I’m excited to see where this goes. If you have any feedback, it’ll be greatly appreciated. As always, you can follow me on Bloglovin, and subscribe to my e-mail list.

Let me know in the comments below what you think of the website, and if you have any suggestions, or any feedback, please, please do not hesitate to let me know!ย โ™ก


  1. Your new website looks absolutely gorgeous,Aimal <3 I love to tweak with code and colors too and I am so happy that you are loving it.Could you explain how you went through self-hosting?I know the general idea but I would love it if you can tell me your experience

  2. Congrats Aimal!! This is a huge decision to make. Don’t worry too much about Erica and the changes. It sounds like she really understands. But it also sounds like you did a lot of soul-searching, took the time you needed, and made the right decisions for yourself. It’s so hard to make change like that! I can’t wait to see what happens as your blog continues to evolve. So far, this is super clean and pretty. I love it! Keep up the great work.

  3. Congrats on the self-hosting bit! When I first transitioned I was SOOOOOO nervous but beyond glad that I did! Last year I started from scratch: new blog, new name (I used to blog under an alias), new hosting company. And I was able to START my new blog the way that I wanted to CONTINUE my new blog, instead of feeling like I was rebranding myself in the middle of something. Truthfully, it was all one big accident. But I’ve never regretted it! (And thank goodness for Goodreads saving all my reviews!) I LOVE your theme, and I hope everything works out great with the changes!

  4. Okay, I SWEAR I commented on this?? So I’m sorry if it shows up twice or something but I can’t even express how STUNNING everything looks. This is pretty much sold me on deciding to self-host. Try not to feel too bad about the co-blog situation. Sometimes things happens and it’s not like you deliberately set out to cause any harm! I can’t wait to see the new direction with your blog and all your future posts โ™ฅ

    • NOOO, is Disqus being stupid? T_T I hate when commenting systems do that, but I thought this one was the most reliable from the options that I went through. Thank you so much, Lauren. If you need any help with the self-hosting or any advice on what to do, you know where to find me (cough Twitter cough). ๐Ÿ˜˜

  5. I am generally not a fan of self-hosted sites because I like being able to comment on things from the comfort of my WordPress app, but I freaking love you Aimail and I think you’re an amazing person and blogger. I’m so happy and proud of you, doing something that makes you happy like this. The blog looks absolutely gorgeous and I am going to make it a point to comment on as many of your posts as possible, because I don’t want to lose your friendship because I’m lazy haha

    • Bahaha, I feel you – even though I never use the WordPress app. Thank you so much, Sara. ๐Ÿ˜˜ Don’t worry too much about not being able to comment (I suck at it, so I don’t really hold people to it, haha).

      • I use it all the time but yeah, you get it haha. It’s different when you comment all in the same place. But I’m gonna comment on as many posts as I can cause we’re friend ๐Ÿ˜€ and you’re awesome!

  6. Congrats on the new blog. It looks very elegant! ๐Ÿ™‚ Co-blogging is not always for everyone and that’s totally fine. I was very against it at first, but it got to a point, I was so bored with it. So I basically asked (forced) Nereyda to co-blog with me. Anyways, best wishes with the new blog and looking forward to reading your posts, Aimal! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Nick! Yeah, I think it just varies from person to person; I do think co-blogging is a wonderful thing though, considering the connections you make and the burden it takes off your shoulders. I do love you two’s blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  7. Since the beginning of this year I also have had thoughts about going self hosted, but I don’t think I’m ready to take that step yet. But I am so, so happy for you (for making all these changes-even if some were hard), Aimal! And the layout and design is stunning; it matches your bookstagram feed nicely. Your photo on the sidebar is also so cute. ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Yeah, it took me forever to even get ready to take the step – I’ve been thinking about self-hosting since last summer, but I’m ultimately glad that I made the switch. I think self-hosting suits MY personal needs best. Thank you so much, Summer ๐Ÿ˜˜

  8. Congrats on the new blog Aimal! It looks beautiful. Glad to hear you’re starting to find your own pace and preferences in blogging again. Just got out of a massive slump myself so I know how good it feels to get back into the swing of things. All the best of luck for you & the blog going forward!

  9. Your new website is so beautiful! (And so aesthetically pleasing, may I add) I love it! It’s important that you do what makes you most happy, and if this makes you more happy, then I’m glad you did it!

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