I finally moved – to a new blogging platform, that is.
I’ve been talking about it for awhile, even tried it out briefly, a couple of months ago. I finally decided to take the leap just about a month ago when I saw a blog make-up that was just gorgeous.
I literally stumbled upon Totally Together Journal when Stephanie raved about her new blog (and her new book!) I looked around – while she was still getting settled into her new digs – and something just clicked. I loved what I saw.
Jennette asked me which blogs I liked, what I wanted out of my own and if I had any problems transferring to Word Press. She promised me that she could give me a list of reasons why she recommends Word Press – if I wanted to hear them. I did. Afterward, I paid careful attention to the blogs I read. I found myself immediately scrolling to the end of the page if I didn’t see a Blogger symbol. Most of the people who didn’t use Blogger used Word Press (a few use Typepad, too).
Before long, I was convinced – it was time to make the move. What you see before is about 10 emails worth of brainstorming, back and forth.
Why did I finally make the move?
I wanted the clean, sharp templates I saw on a lot of Word Press blogs. I wanted to share a lot of information with my readers, but I was tired of clogging up my page in order to do so.
I’ve had my new blog for a couple of days now. I’ve spent hours on it ‘cleaning it up’. First thing you might notice are the links right under my header (isn’t that header great – the turtle is a yo-yo!) Those are actually pages. Just click on one and you can find out about me, the terminology I choose to use on my site, my blog roll (thanks for the idea, Ronnica) and even a way to contact me! All this great stuff – but it doesn’t bog down my blog.
Pretty neat, huh?
I also decided that my work blog – Life According to Iva – didn’t need to be a blog by itself. I decided, instead, to take lose liberties with Raisin Toast and The Pioneer Woman, and create three distinct catagories: general, Life According to Iva, and FAC – a spin off of a weight loss blog I host with Lizz and Shellbell. The tags (ramblings) are still the same – but if you’re looking for a work-related post, I hope it’ll be easier to find them this way. (I also hope to write more work-related posts in the future. Hint: Special Olympics is coming up at the end of April!)
I’m still getting used to the Word Press platform. I’ve had a few little bumps in the road (operator error) that Jennette has been very gracious in helping me with – even after our transaction had been completed. I think I’m going to like it over here – once I get really used to everything. There are a lot of elements of Word Press that I like better than blogger – the main one being a clean and streamlined template. I think with Jennette’s help, I’ve accomplished that.
Please be sure to update your blog rolls and your bookmarks – www.thehorizontalyoyo.wordpress.com. In the future (think summer), I hope to have a button made up that you can grab (because that turtle is just too darned cute!) as well as my own domain name.
She’s movin’ on up!