Howdy! Just a quick post to let you all know I took the plunge. After months of deliberating I finally got my own domain name. You can now find me at shanniloves.com Why did I do this you ask?? Well here are a few reasons...
1. shanniloves.com just rolls off your tongue..verses trying to get out shanniloves.blogspot.com in
2. I've been at this for going on 3 years and I'm in it for the long haul. I started this blog on a whim.
I desperately needed a hobby in my life. At the time I started the blog with the idea of writing
about all the things I love, hence the name ;). I didn't really expect for it to grow as it did or to
find myself enjoying as much as I have. Sewing has helped that A LOT!
3. I'm in the midst of opening up an Etsy shop. Just a wee little shop selling handmade items for
I'll go ahead and tease you with my new logo...
I debated on changing my blog name to the same of my Etsy shop name. In the end I decided to leave my blog name as is. It gives me more flexibility to keep my blog speak open. I can always talk about other things besides sewing (not saying I ever will, it's just an option) and I like the look of having the blog name and shop name different yet the same with the Shanni in both titles. Also I can omit the headache of updating my blog name in various social sites and on my Owl You Need Sewing Buddy pattern..
In addition, flexibility, independence and possible sponsorship opportunities played a role in my decision. Currently I'm still using the Blogger platform. If I ever decide to switch platforms I can easily do so by owning my own name. Creating a domain name was really easy AND inexpensive. I chose Godaddy.com. The set up in Blogger was done in no time at all. I followed this really helpful tutorial. Not going to be much help for you Wordpress peeps though, it's Blogger only and I don't know how it works with Wordpress or if it's even an option. I'm not techie smart if you know what I mean. If your considering your own domain or making a platform move I suggest you first read this super informative post by Heather Lou of Closet Case Files. She actually moved from Blogger to Wordpress. Her new site looks killer. I just love it!
The only thing I'm confused about is how to update my RSS feed. I'm using Feedburner and there is a tutorial on how to do it but I must be missing something because I'm just not getting it. I need pictures and stuff. Can anyone help a girl out here? How do I update Feedburner with my new custom domain information without losing email subscribers and followers?
Oh and one last thing if your wondering. You shouldn't have to do anything on your end. Blogger is automatically redirecting from my old blogspot address to my new one. (not sure how's that working if your subscribed through rss though...see question above). However if you do have the blogspot address saved or bookmarked on your computer, laptop, ipad, iphone, etc, etc why not go ahead and update it with shanniloves.com. Bloglovin' will make the change for me so no worries there for you bloglovin followers.
UPDATE: After posting this I noticed that all my blog comments posted before the domain change have come up missing. If you are using Disqus as your commenting platform you will also need to run their new wizard tool to migrate your threads to your new domain. Here is a their blog post regarding the topic as well as step by step instructions here.
Happy hump day ya'll. Hope it's been a good week for you! The weekend is near.....