There is so much you guys aren’t seeing, so much behind the scenes that I can’t even begin to tell you. It’s all happening in a big way and I can’t seem to find the words so show you how supremely proud and humbled I am that things are going so well. This isn’t found in stat results, rankings or influence… it’s not even about that… it’s just a feeling.
Almost a year ago I sat down and decided I wanted to make a go of this whole blogging-as-a-business thing. I’d been blogging for years but did so in it’s most basic and purest form. I didn’t have a facebook page, I thought twitter was stupid (oh how wrong was I!), I had 20+ google followers, I thought youtube videos were just for kittens and laughing babies and the only way I knew how to make my blog pretty was by making graphics in picnik. Don’t get me wrong, it was awesome, I appreciate where I’ve come from but I got to a point where I wanted more and felt I had the “oumf” to go out into the world (both online and offline) and get it.
I started small and signed up with Nuffnang. I thought that the ad revenue would be nice to go towards domain name fees and the internet usage. I had modest intentions. I was nominated for Kidspot Top 50 Bloggers and my stats went up. I did a sponsored post and giveaway thanks to Nuffnang and my stats went up. I held a blog meet in Sydney and my stats went up. I posted crazy photos of myself in neon coloured tights and my stats went up. I was nominated for Kidspot Top 50 Bloggers for a second time and my stats when up. I posted unedited photos of myself baring all in a swimsuit and my stats hit the roof and afterwards they dropped. Perverts.
My blog has had so many different looks over the years, I wish I’d been smart enough to take screen shots but I didn’t know how to back then. Up until early this year I’d messed about and done it all myself, reading boring tutorials from google searches and creating pixelated graphics. The drawings you see here are all mine, I chose the colours and layout but the lovely Sharnee from Blogger Candy stepped in and helped with the techie stuff. I had a vision and she helped me bring it to life. I’ll always love her for helping me take that step.
Now it’s time for yet another step up. I’ve been working tirelessly with Jarod & Liz Productions over the last few weeks to move Danimezza.com to a wordpress platform. I know that there are improvements coming to blogger and all that jazz but this feels like the right move… and yes it was planned before Blogopolis just incase you were wondering. Absoluteleigh, RainbowTatt and Jarod & Liz had been breaking me down for months and won me over at the last Sydney blog meet.
The design looks amazing, I can’t even begin to describe the awesomeness of it all. It will still look like my blog but just a bit more polished. My main reason for the move was navigation. I had so severely screwed up the navigation on blogger that the task to fix it would be too epic. You have no idea how messy it is back there. Years and years of improper use equals one messy blog behind the scenes. Jarod best described my situation over one of our many skype chats “Your strength is content” and he’s totally right. It’s the one area of my blog where I feel utterly comfortable… most of the time.
I hate coding. I just don’t get it and I’ll never claim to. I honestly despise the techie side of having a blog. In the last couple of months I’ve learnt to let go of control, outsource areas where my skills are lacking and that has been an inner journey in itself. What it does mean is that I have more time to focus on what I love, taking photos and sharing my stories. The best thing I can predict you’ll love out of the change is the navigation. Everything is so much clearer, even through the building process I see clearer more achievable goals, I honestly feel I wont be so all over the place.
There will be lots of sections: Aidan, Photography, Outfit Photos and even a freebies section plus a whole lot more! Love those old posts? They’ll be easier to find too! There will be even more ways to connect with me as well a kick ass commenting system which will make me feel even more involved with you and what you have to say. I’ll be showcasing my photography and allowing you opportunities to get involved, asks me questions and even Skype me which is really exciting. I can’t even begin to tell you how pumped I am.
I feel like I have to mention that this isn’t a quest for world domination, it’s about personal fulfillment. Blogging has played a major part in my adult life, as I grow so does my blog. It helped me through infertility and depression, kept me in contact with old friends and helped me find new ones. It allowed me space to publicly show off my creative arts and sense of style. My goal when I signed up with blogger wasn’t to sell you something, it wasn’t to talk about parenting, it wasn’t to talk about op shopping… it was to show you pieces of myself, whatever that may be at the time and that will continue. Life grows and changes, as will my interests, as will this blogs content.
On the monetary side of things, I’m proud to say it’s an element of my blog which will be continuing. I’ve heard negative things the small percentage of people have said in my survey regarding advertising and sponsored posts and I want to let you know you have listened. I’m compartmentalising and I like it. There will be an editorial calendar in place to avoid too many posts in a short space of time and I’ve created a very clear disclaimer so there will be no guesses as to what’s going on.
Blogging (in all it’s forms) is now essentially my career. I’m totally blissed out that my job is something I love, something I’m passionate about. If you’ve felt that my blog has been a bit all over the place and a bit off, you’d be right, I agree 100%. You have no idea how thrilling it was to see comments saying they loved my current posts because they were written after I set goals, after I started having a clearer vision, after I admitted I needed help. Thank you for confirming I’m on the right path. The new site will be live in September so keep an eye out for the relaunch.
If people want to put my blog into a box…
… I’d rather it be a box I created myself.
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