I finally took the plunge. I purchased my own domain. I must tell you that change isn’t something I deal with very well. I am a creature of habit and change actually stresses me out. The thought of saying goodbye to lifeonmanitoulin.blogspot.com also saddened me. That blog saw the beginnings of my life on Manitoulin Island, as a newly married woman (Ha! A city girl turned farmer’s wife!), a new mother, and more. Plus, changing the blog/the domain would mean I’d need to start from the beginning. I was worried I’d lose all the followers I had from the other two blogs and have to start all over from the beginning. Laziness and not wanting to have to start from scratch were the main reasons I didn’t want to give up my blogspot.com blogs.
On the other hand, I grew tired of having to manage a personal blog and a reviews blog and considered putting everything all under one roof. What better timing too. Those of you in the blogosphere are probably already familiar with the fabulous work of Aeryn from Habitué Toronto. I mentioned my concerns and she told me that we could tie in both blogs together, I’d still be able to keep all my old posts, and that readers/followers would follow me to my new “home”.
Not only is she a fabulous friend, but the woman is a tech guru. She’s the master of all things html and graphics related. The woman understands code like no one’s business. She is my hero…and the creator of my fancy new look! Yes, ladies and gentleman! You need to consult Aeryn for your blog facelift!
She’s so easy and fun to work with. I can honestly tell you that it was a great experience. She’s very intuitive. I gave her a rough idea of the vision I had for my blog, and so translated that all into a fantastic, unique, and personalized template. She seemed to just know what I wanted and she knew how to get everything that I wanted done!
Over the course of a few days and a few Skype video meetings, we (as in me telling Aeryn what my vision for the blog was and Aeryn working her magic) came up with this new look and layout that I absolutely love!
Look! Aeryn even made me not one, but two blog buttons! Aren’t they adorable? Is it wrong for me to be in luuuuv with my new blog buttons?
Why two? Well, we couldn’t choose! They were both so cute! You get to pick which one you want to put on your blog (copy and paste the code on the right sidebar). Pick one or collect them all! 😉
When my three year old saw the blog buttons, she squealed with delight. She immediately said, “That’s ME! I’m the little calf with the pink ribbon!”
Thank you Aeryn! Thanks for all your suggestions, tips, ideas, and…template/code/image magic!
Friends, Family, & Blog Readers:
I’d like to thank you all for following our journey (known as our crazy life on the farm!) and supporting us in more ways than you can ever imagine. Since this is a new domain, could you please follow us here www.lifeonmanitoulin.com from now on?
Could you also please follow me on NetworkedBlogs? 🙂
If you’ve been reading the blog, you’ll know that I am a regular guest blogger on the Canadian Beef Blog. To help celebrate the launch of my new blog, Canada Beef is running a giveaway here! How fun is that? Okay, and how appropriate is it too? I’m married to a beef farmer. I live on a beef farm. We love Canada Beef! Totally fitting!
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