New Site/Rebranding Update + Sneak Peek!

Hey guys!

This will be one of the last posts under this domain. Eep!

I’m working hard on the new site, and with all the ideas I have for it, I think it makes more sense to just launch it imperfectly and keep working on it as I go, and sharing the process.

Because realistically, it’s not going to be perfect from day 1, no matter how much time I spend tinkering.

But I thought I’d use this post to share some tools I’m finding helpful in case you’re considering a similar shift.

And also to answer a couple of questions I’ve gotten. ๐Ÿ™‚

First the questions:

Why go self-hosted?

Itโ€™s definitely a big change and a learning curve. Iโ€™ve gone with Bluehost, so, so far, the actual hosting part hasnโ€™t actually been too complicated.

I just want all the options and freedom that comes from self-hosting. Plug-ins and widgets and themes and just more creative control.

Plus, all the advice Iโ€™ve read from established bloggers is to self-host.

So, Iโ€™m giving it a try and hoping for the best haha.

With the caveat that I don’t 100% know what I’m doing and may regret part or all of my decision.


Why stop being “Blushy Ginger”?

I’d be lying if I said my heart doesn’t ache a teeny bit for moving away from this domain.

But I really want to stop having to manage (and pay for) two sites. I’ve had sadie-hall.com through Squarespace as my freelancing site for years. And I don’t like it, and I don’t have the time to manage two sites. So sadie-hall.com was being neglected.

At the same time, I don’t feel like I can use Blushy Ginger for everything I want to do.

So, what I think I’ll be doing is keeping my Instagram account as @blushyginger. I’ve been debating changing to something like its.sadiehall or bysadiehall or withsadiehall, but I think I’m not ready to say goodbye to blushyginger yet.

So yeah, that’s my thinking on it all.


now the list of resources!

I’m working on compiling a complete list of blogging tools and resources I’ve found helpful, but the links above give you the top of list! ๐Ÿ™‚


And finally, a sneak peek at the new site!!!

Still some changes to make but this is the general look!

I hope you have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll publish an announcement when the domain redirection is about to go live! The sad thing is that I think I will lose all my wordpress.com Reader followers, because the Reader is only a wordpress.com feature. So… that’s probably the biggest thing delaying the switch as a I figure out what to do.

Leave any questions below! I’ll answer them here and add them to a future post as well.

18 thoughts on “New Site/Rebranding Update + Sneak Peek!

      1. Check out this WordPress thread: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/how-to-get-self-hosted-wordpress-posts-to-be-visible-on-wordpress-com-reader/

        Someone is asking about self hosted WordPress org websites and the Reader

        “Yes, you can get your site showed in the reader of wordpress.com ๐Ÿ™‚

        If you connect your site to WordPress.com with the Jetpack plugin, your posts will also be discoverable in the Readerโ€™s Search feature and in related posts, and you can add a follow button to your site that people can click to follow your site on WordPress.com.”

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              1. I’m not familiar with WordPress.ORG personally BUT I’ve worked in IT and a key skill for me is knowing how to Google technical issues effectively or “Does XYZ product have this thing I need?”. So let me know if you’ve questions and I can see if I can find solutions. โค

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                1. Thank you!! I googled it but from a different angle, something like migrating to self-hosted, what happens to subscribers. So you save me lots of time on this to-do!!!

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  1. That’s an awesome looking blog, Sadie! I’m definitely going to follow it! I’m like you were, I’m a little frightened to self host just yet but I just might later down the road when I get up the nerve! LOL

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