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Finally, after more than a year of blogging under the WordPress umbrella, I finally mustered the guts to drop it and make it on my own.

As you all know, I started out under the name “Momhandsarefull,” mainly because my hands are simply full of things and responsibilities. I just used “The Momma Chronicles” as a heading to give an idea what the blog is all about.  As I go through the blogging process, I realized how important name is – and not just for SEO purposes.

So, after much contemplation (and envy since most of the mom bloggers I met in the group have their own domain), I decided that blogging has to be taken seriously.

And there, the new and improved The Momma Chronicles. logo

The process

To be honest, I was excited. I have so many ideas going through my mind as to how I want the blog to turn out. Since I don’t have a computer background and I’m married to a businessman, not a software developer or a techie husband, I figured I should just look for someone who can help me in the design process. I received a couple of e-mails from different web design companies but I’m not really comfortable working with non-Filipinos when it comes to these things. Plus, they might charge me at a higher rate, although I wouldn’t know since I have no idea what’s the average rate for this.

Then I saw the site of a fellow mom blogger and fell immediately in love with it. As I scroll down, I saw the name Joy Reyes and contacted her. I saw some of her sample designs (she even designed Dainty Ashley’s website) and yes, I actually loved it. She immediately responded to my email, told her about how I want the blog to look like, offered some suggestions and yes, she really delivered according to how I want it.

Since I also know nothing about migrating and designing, she did everything for me too. When I have trouble trying to figure out some things, she looked into it as well. In other words, she helped me in the entire process and after a week or so, voila, my blog is now live.

Thoughts on the new blog

As much as possible, I want the new blog to look simple, girly and pink – something that really reflects my personality. I don’t really like too many colors going on and I’m really glad Joy came up with this.

As to why I decided to drop the .wordpress, I really don’t know. Well, aside from turning on the inggitera mode (Lol!), I figured there are more opportunities when I have my own domain. I noticed that there are a number of affiliate programs who are not a fan of having Blogspot or WordPress in the URL, while there are ad opportunities that would go for those who have their own domain.

Why did I not maintain the “momhandsarefull?” I also don’t know. I must have been too sleepy to function when I signed up. Haha! Plus, The Momma Chronicles is still there so I guess readers will know that it’s still me – or not. Lol!

So, here I am. Still blogging but in a new and better home.

What do you think, mommies? Do you like the blog’s new look? 

Note: If you’re looking for someone who can help you in the web design process, I highly recommend Joy. She’s very easy to work with and will deliver results as fast as she can without compromising the quality of her work.

Ayi

A former law student turned stay-at-home mom of two. Join me and read my adventures as I go through this crazy world called parenting and mommy-hood.

21 Comments

  1. Rowena Wendy Lei

    Congrats! I’ve always wanted to go on my own and get out of blogspot but I can’t. O_o

    08 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      Thanks! Why not? 🙂

      12 . Dec . 2014
  2. mamaspeaks

    I hope I can have courage to have my own domain soon.

    08 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      Of course you can, momma! 🙂

      12 . Dec . 2014
  3. Janice

    I got my domain only last year when my blog was about to enter it’s 3rd year. Congrats on your decision to take blogging more seriously. I love your colors!

    08 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      Thanks 🙂 Actually I was still hesitant but I figured if I’m in it for a long time, then I need to have my own domain. So, here it is 🙂

      12 . Dec . 2014
  4. Que Sullano - Gavan

    Congratulations to your new blogging home!

    08 . Dec . 2014
  5. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    I can relate because I was so happy when I bought my domain too. I want to have blog makeover and few months ago I inquired about the price but I was thinking if it is worth it because sometimes I’m lazy to blog.

    08 . Dec . 2014
  6. Meikah Ybanez-Delid

    Congratulations! More blogging success in the coming years! 🙂

    08 . Dec . 2014
  7. Jem Alvarado (@esupermommy)

    Congrats for having a new home for your blog. Good luck on your blog! 🙂

    08 . Dec . 2014
  8. Cheanne

    Congrats on your new home! 🙂 I also started with wordpress and just recently got my own domain. It feels so empowering, doesn’t it?Hihihi

    08 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      Yes mommy. Iba pala ang feeling :))

      12 . Dec . 2014
  9. Maan

    Oh em I have commented here a number of times na but failed to realize it was you pala! Don’t worry, though. I was on mobile so the entire blog doesn’t show up kaya not your fault haha. But congrats!!

    08 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      No worries mommy 🙂 I didn’t maintain the old name kasi so I created some confusion :)) Thanks though! 🙂

      08 . Dec . 2014
  10. Olga

    Congrats on your new site! Love the design and am now checking out Joy Reyes’ site. Need a blog makeover soon. 🙂

    08 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      She’s really good and very easy to work with 🙂 I highly recommend her 🙂

      09 . Dec . 2014
  11. cheryl true

    I guess I need Joy Reyes too next year. Planning to migrate my site too. Thanks for sharing

    09 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      No problem. Just let her know lang she was recommended by me 🙂

      09 . Dec . 2014
  12. Sol Razo

    Congratulations! I love the design and the colors!

    09 . Dec . 2014
  13. Yvonne Bertoldo

    I just started blogging last October and upon writing my first post, I thought of getting my own domain because it would really look better. I didn’t have money for a web designer that’s why I did all the work, and I’m glad it turned out fine. 🙂

    It was a great idea that you had a web designer. It was hassle-free and your site looks amazing. 🙂

    12 . Dec . 2014
    • Ayi

      Well, I tried to do it on my own but I ended up not liking it. Plus, I have no background on web design so I just used the available themes in WordPress but there are limitations 🙂 So, I just figured I can ask someone to do the work for me 🙂

      Anyway, thanks and I’m glad you like how the new site looks 🙂

      12 . Dec . 2014

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