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.
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 is a stay-at-home mom of two. When her kids are in their best state, she keeps up with chores, work, and ensuring that her sanity is intact. Join her as she navigates through this rollercoaster ride called motherhood.