Well, well, well… look who finally decided to relaunch her blog? That’s right, it’s HERE, after months of waiting, waiting and WAITING…
Five months ago today, I decided to go on an adventure. I decided that after a very long time of not being happy with my blog; the way it looked, the general vibe, the content that I was creating, etc., that I was going to temporarily shut it down in order to completely revamp it. I was going to take some time to look at all of my options and come back a better, stronger, more professional blogger. I even decided to do something that most of my friends and family were positive and encouraging about when I asked them, and that is make the leap into self hosting. I knew that it would take a lot of hard work and determination to do it, and a fair bit of moola to go from the free to use and create blogging platform that I was with to doing it all on my own, but I was up for the challenge.
HA! If only I’d have known what I was in for the minute that I pressed the “Buy Hosting Services” button.
It has honestly been……a journey and a half. I had absolutely NO coding experience, no web knowledge other than the basics, and I had never used “<” to do anything other than to insert hearts into my text messages (<3). I was literally thrust into making every little decision myself, and I honestly had no clue how much goes into having a decent looking website. Hence, why getting this site relaunched has taken so much time! I’ve honestly missed blogging so much but this blog has looked horrible for ages. I worked with a dear friend of mine (hi Karthika, and thank you again) on the blog’s new logo (you like!? :D), but she had no coding experience, either, so after the logo was completed, I was on my own again. Learning HTML & CSS was by far the worst part of making this transition, because when you are learning, everything seems so complicated and confusing. I couldn’t even count the times that I thought I did something right and then I’d load a preview page and see that everything had gone wrong and panic. I have come a long way in these five months…and I am VERY, VERY pleased to present you, my lovely readers and friends, with this new site.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still by no means an expert, and there is SO MUCH that I am still not happy with (starting with that God-forsaken sidebar over there —–>GRR!), but I realize that I have to pacify my inner perfectionist. I have to constantly remind myself that it’s okay for things not to be perfect, it’s okay to make mistakes and fix them… because that is what life is about, the JOURNEY! It wouldn’t be much fun if I instantly knew everything about this stuff and could get my perfect site up and running in a heartbeat; it really wouldn’t. Because, yes, there was times that I screamed at my computer and threatened to throw my laptop out of the window (LOL), but there were also times that I made the smallest of changes and had a little happy dance in my room, and there’s been times when I’ve showed my parents or friends a sneak peek of the site and they look totally underwhelmed, because they don’t see the small LITTLE things that went on to make the larger changes that they see. And, do you know, what? That’s totally cool! So, yes, it’s been WAY too long since you’ve been able to peruse this site, and it’s been WAY too long since I’ve written a post, but I am pleased that I did it. It’s a scary decision to make when you literally have no idea what you’re getting into, but sometimes those are the most rewarding risks. All of the conversations that I’ve had with people about this undertaking have been roughly the same…
Me: “yea….so I’m revamping my blog. I went from Blogger to WordPress a couple of months ago. It’s been hard.”
Them:”Are you doing that with a desginer??”
Me: “Nope, on my own.”
Them: :O 😐 😐 :O 😐
…and I used to find that so unbelievably discouraging. But, on my recent trip to England (which, GIRL, we’re going to catch up on life, don’t you worry!!!), I was telling a family member about it and she said “wow. You must be brave!!!” and I jokingly said “yea, brave or stupid, one of the two…” and then I realized, yes, this is a huge undertaking and YES, I am brave and that I have to give myself a pat on the back! Most of my blogging friends or the bloggers that I look up to have hired a designer when they make a switch like this, but no, I decided to do it myself because a) it’s good knowledge to have for when I take my blog to new heights like I plan to and b) I don’t have roughly $2000 to give to a designer. All I’m saying is, sometimes it’s good to take the bumpy road, because when you get there, it’s so much more exciting and you feel much more accomplished.
Or maybe that’s what I tell myself to fall asleep at night following my routine mini panic attack regarding my very long hiatus, I don’t know. 😉
Haha, no, I’m just kidding. This has been an awesome journey and I am beyond thrilled to be back, with a site that works and is just going to keep getting better. You’re going to see a few more mini changes over the next couple of months, because, as I said, it’s still a work in progress, but I honestly couldn’t keep this site shut down any longer. The amount of emails that I’ve recieved asking if/when I’m coming back is TRAGIC. I am SO SO SO SOOOOOOOOOO sorry to have kept you all waiting but rest assured, I’m back and ready for business now! 😀
So, here’s where you come in, friend! I want you to take a look around, see what’s changed, what you think could improve and all of that jazz, and either comment below or send me an email at siobhan[at]beautybylaws.com (be sure to replace the [at] with the at symbol; this is just an anti-spam procedure! :)). Though this is my blog that has become my little baby in the last little while, I write this blog primarily for your reading pleasure and to interact with you, so I want to make sure that you like it, too! And there’s no judgement here, I don’t mind constructive criticism as long as the result makes us both happy!
Also, please, please, please spread the news that I’m back. I’m going to be tweeting about my return, so if you want to retweet my tweet, that’d be much appreciated. Also, if you could please share the news to your friends and family through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat, What’s App, and/or any social media that you use, or better yet, in person, I would be eternally grateful.
Furthermore, thank you SO much for bearing with me these last five months. You are the best audience, no, friends, ever. I love you so much.
I will be back very soon with another post! Ahh! That sure does feel AMAZING to say!