Hello! I’m back. This is my first post in 2018, and my first post with my brand spanking new blog design. And, to make it more exciting still, as of today it’s officially nine years since I started blogging on my little corner of the web. Cue the party poppers and confetti! I’ve even finally (after what feels like forever of umming and ahhing about the process) moved over to WordPress from Blogger.
Why I made the move to WordPress
First off, my lovely friend Gillian wrote a really helpful guide on the subject which I followed here. It’s been broken down into easy to digest steps that make the process as stress-free as possible. After all, my main concern when deciding whether to make the switch was the possibility of losing nine years’ worth of content – argh. But, I shouldn’t have been worried. Turns out, WordPress is choc-full of useful plugins that make the process streamlined for those coming from Blogger. Luckily, I’m comfortable with coding and making adjustments to the back-end of websites, so I felt WordPress was perfect for me. When I chose Blogger at the wee age of 17, it was more about simply pasting in lots of pretty pictures and putting a bit of wishy-washy text in (kind of like Tumblr), but as an adult I needed more from my content management system. I wanted the modern clean and slick layouts that I’d admired for years, and I wanted the flexibility of making changes. So that’s where WordPress came in.
What to expect from The Likely Lady now
Over the last couple of years, I’ve admittedly struggled with being motivated to write on here. I’ve actually talked about this a few times (see here: The Blogger Blues). There are lots of reasons for this, like the fact I was working in a job which drained me every day, but mostly it was down to the fact I hadn’t yet found my new niche; my topics and passions post-University. During the last half of last year, I started re-looking at the type of blog posts I was saving and liking on Bloglovin these days, and there were definite themes. From travel, to helpful self-care lists, to food reviews and home interiors, it was pretty solid. People always say you should write the type of posts you want to read, and it really is as easy as that. I was too busy worrying if my content would be “good enough”, or fit in with what other bloggers were doing, that it just made me angry and frustrated, and I lost that initial spark I had a few years ago.
So, from now on, I’ll be writing for people like me: the ambitious creative twenty and thirty-something who gets lost for hours pouring over Pinterest, planning visits to tropical destinations (and fun city breaks), and drinking endless cups of tea. I’m not 17 anymore, and my blog shouldn’t be stuck in its teens either (even if it is only nine years old in human years…)
Thanks for staying with me – and happy birthday to The Likely Lady!