Read Change Is Good
Change is always good right? At least that is what I was telling myself after seeing everything I loved crumble right before me. On the outside my blog still looked the same, still attracted views and ranked highly on Google. But to me it didn’t look good enough, I was becoming increasingly frustrated with Wix’s limited coding which prevented me from running ads, giveaways or even making the site semi-accessible. It was a hot mess and while it looked visually appealing I knew that I would have to make a huge sacrifice to set my blog apart from the rest. But would I really want to start again when my previous blog had a DA of 36, was making me earn money and had brands clamoring to be featured on my blog? Not to mention I had won two awards for the blog so would starting again be the right move? The answer was yes, some might question my decision to start again when I had already built up so much on my previous site but I needed to start again to make this a proper business.
After receiving my first cheque as a self-employed woman I knew that the next step was to migrate my content over to WordPress and begin investing in a site that I hoped would be the benchmark of my future career. I poured all my time and little money that I had and spent well over £300 at least. I lost all my comments from previous posts, lost a Google Ranking and my DA/ PA score ceased to exist. From an outsiders point of view I had lost everything but truth was I knew I needed to sacrifice my project in order to make way for Faded Spring 2.0. The new Faded Spring would still be just as fabulous but now it would be accessible, marketable and have a better plugin system that ceased to exist beforehand. Migration is no easy feat and I spent weeks migrating content and watching everything I had worked on for the past year turn into nothing. But instead of feeling downcast about it I looked ahead to the future visualizing where this investment would take me in a years time and I am confident that it will be a success.
This year I was nominated by readers for the UK Blog Awards but instead of accepting my nomination I declined because I didn’t feel that my site looked good enough. I shouldn’t have been embarrassed but I am a perfectionist and I knew that though my content and photography was good the blog was not good enough for appraisal. Maybe I am being too hard on myself but when your own blog does not even have drop down bars at the top of your page it doesn’t read as a well constructed site. That being said just looking at my old site is making me feel a tinge of regret. It looks visually appealing, has beautiful font and all of it was designed by myself without the help of a pre-made template. I made this blog and it is going to be hard to give it up but I have to if I want to succeed. Its not the biggest sacrifice I have ever made but professionally it is and I can either sink or swim. Question is which one will it be?
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Please note since writing this post I have successfully completed migration, managed to retain my DA and decided to accept my nomination after being nominated several hundred times. I realized that it was destiny to start again and in doing so feel so much happier accepting the nomination for my site.
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