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 WordPress.com (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 have 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 push 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! ♡