BEHIND THE SCENES: Changes I’m Working On

Happy Monday! Here’s what I’m working on (aka overthinking but like, strategically) this week.

Migrating from hosted (wordpress.com) to self-hosted (wordpress.org).

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but been 1) too afraid of f-ing it up, and 2) unsure whether “Blushy Ginger” was going to stick as the long-term domain.

I am still very much afraid of f-ing it up, and if you happen to see this blog go dead sans redirection, you’ll know that I succeeded. In f-ing up.

The plan I’m trying to accomplish is to migrate this blog and its content to sadie-hall.com. This is a domain I already own and used to use strictly as a freelancing portfolio.

Anyway, this week, I’m setting myself up with self-hosting (Bluehost) under sadie-hall.com AND migrating blushyginger.com there.

I’ve got it mostly figured out behind the scenes, except for how to migrate subscribers and followers. Is that even possible? My research continues.

Why GO To all the trouble?

Why not just keep blogging on blushyginger.com? Well, to be completely honest, I want to make a living from my writing. I already freelance in the language services field as a translator and editor, but my real dream has always been to earn an income as a writer.

I just never had the confidence to pursue it.

I want to write for other sites, write my own books and guides, and write a successful and helpful blog (that earns an income).

And since I do business as Sadie Hall and not Blushy Ginger, it makes sense to rebrand under my own name.

The rough plan

I have a rough plan of how to do this.

  • From the blogging perspective, I know I need to be self-hosted, and I know I need to learn about Pinterest, and affiliate marketing and ads. I’ve always shied away from those last two. I know for sure that I don’t want to turn this into a sales-pitchy blogmercial experience. So we’ll see. I’m just researching at this point.
  • From the “becoming a freelance writer” perspective, I’ve been learning about content writing versus copywriting. My mental roadblocks are imposter syndrome (for content writing) and fear of sales-y language (for copywriting).
  • From the “selling my own writing” perspective, I know I want to write a memoir, but I don’t know yet about self-publishing versus finding a small publisher. I do know that I need a platform of readers before it makes sense to try to sell my own book.

Are you interested in the behind-the-scenes process?

Let me know if you’d be interested in hearing about this whole process! I’m happy to share behind-the-scenes, from the techy logistics stuff to the business considerations to the mental roadblocks.

And if you have any advice, feel free to comment or drop a link!

Okay now let’s all cross our fingers that I don’t sh- the bed on this whole thing.

Why It’s So Empowering To Blog About Mental Health

I’m just going to come right out and say it:

Me, coming right out and saying it with my eyes through the magic of the selfie.

You guys are amazing.

You, my dear sweet readers.

Whether you’re a WordPress follower, email subscriber, or free-range reader, I appreciate the time you take to read my stuff.

I’ve been getting love and support and encouragement in the comments here and on Instagram, Facebook, and by email.

Having real conversations. Getting and giving advice. And so many heart and smiley emojis.

And not to get all sad puppy on you…

(He might not actually be sad. I don’t speak puppy. I assume he would say roooof roooof.)

…but for someone who is essentially insecure about her permission to exist in this world, and certainly about her “right” to have an opinion that she repeatedly launches into the unknown abyss of the internet like an uninvited word missile…

Well let’s just say you soothe this gentle soul’s uncertain heart.

(I do realize there’s a dangerous flipside to caring so much, and that is how vulnerable it leaves me to any eventual negative responses — and it’s the internet, so there will be blood — but I’m trying to avoid any catastrophic thinking and just bask in the virtual love.)

You guys make me feel like the emotional equivalent of this GIF:

Just kidding. That’s my face when my husband says he’s taking the kids to the park for a couple of hours and then bringing home Dairy Queen and coffee.

Which has totally happened countable times.

Okay, okay, park AND Dairy Queen AND coffee didn’t all happen at the SAME TIME. But if they DID, that’s what my face would look like.

This is how you actually make me feel:

Okay lady, what’s with all the mushiness today

I’m writing this post because Blushy Ginger hit a mini-milestone last night. With WordPress followers and email subscribers combined, we’ve hit 100 subscribed readers.

I’m starting to feel like this blog may actually be a thing.

I may actually be able to help people with my words. And maybe even make them laugh along the way.

This would be the realization of a long-held, long-hidden, long-held-back dream.

And that brings me to some questions about what kind of content to zoom in on going forward.

Tell me what you want, what you really really want

A successful blog (I have been told) balances the writer’s creativity and personal message with the actual needs and wants of readers.

Because without you, this blog would just be a very fancy and colourful diary. (Which is fine if that’s the blogger’s goal, but I want to write to connect with others after a life of avoiding connection and engagement.)

I’ll obviously keep writing about social anxiety.

But there are so many ways to narrow down that theme:

  • Would it be valuable to focus on social anxiety as a mom/parent specifically?
  • Or social anxiety as it affects a marriage?
  • Social anxiety and freelancing/entrepreneurship?
  • Social anxiety and creativity?
  • Social anxiety and sexual health and wellness?
  • Disorders/conditions related to social anxiety, such as perfectionism, depression, body focused repetitive behaviours, eating disorders and body dysmorphia, and more?
  • Social anxiety versus shyness (versus introversion, versus high sensitivity)?
  • Social anxiety as it affects hermit crabs, possums, and sloths? (I don’t think it affects them much, but hey, who am I to say what torments the souls of crustaceans, marsupials, or… wait, what IS a sloth anyway? Is it a marsupial? [Hold please…] It’s a…  what the shit is this word: Xenarthran mammal… Okay… I guess that’s fine. Way to ruin my punchline though,  Xenarthran.)
  • Anxiety and high sensitivity in children?

And just how much of myself should I share?

There’s a lot to consider here, too:

  • I’m getting a lot out of the “dare to share” approach I’ve been following.
  • It’s exhilarating to remove the shackles, untie the arm behind my back, and just see what it would be like to be Very Me for a change.
  • But just how Very Me should I be? (I mistyped that as “But just how Very Me should I pee” the first time, and obviously we have to have SOME boundaries, people.)
  • At what point does reading diary-style, lay-it-all-out posts become old hat?
Old. Hat.
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Here’s my vision for this blog

Connection. Comfort. Relatability. Humour.

I want the time you spend here to benefit you just as much as it benefits me.

I would truly love to hear what kind of content you would enjoy reading as I build this cozy little online hermit cave for us to meet up in from time to time.

There are lots of ways to reach me:

  • In the comments
  • By email me (blushygingersadie [at] gmail.com) — I’m a little slower with email but I’ll always reply
  • On Instagram (@blushyginger) — I’m very active on Instagram; it’s where I post less polished stuff and interact with lots of like-minded folks 🙂
  • Through my Facebook page or on Twitter (@blushyginger) — I’m not sure I’ll keep these two accounts long-term, since I don’t really know what I’m doing on there and it seems a little overkill to have all of these accounts, but they’re both contact options for now

That’s it for today, you lovely blogophiles!

(Yep, still need to work on pet names.)

The most excited wave in the world, coming to your face.

Thank you for reading!