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Making some changes that I talked about months ago and taking a step in a new direction. It feels scary and like I’m trying to be brave, but I’m following my heart and what I feel as though God is telling me to do.Read More
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Everywhere I look, bloggers are telling you and me to use Wordpress when starting a blog.
And not Wordpress.com, but having a self-hosted site and then using Wordpress.org to create your website.
I’ve been blogging for 10+ years now. I started out with Blogger, then used Bluehost/Wordpress, then SiteGround/Wordpress, and now I use Squarespace.
Why did I switch from Wordpress to Squarespace?
Honestly, there were a few things that played a role in my decision.
1) I don’t know how to code.
Now, this isn’t a huge deal if you have a Wordpress site. You can still create a beautiful site on your own or buy a theme to make your site look like you want it. My problem was the amount of time that it took to get my website up and running. I wanted things that I didn’t know how to do in code + I didn’t have a huge budget starting out. Plus, I tend to change things on my blog fairly often and didn’t want to spend money on a theme that I didn’t absolutely love.
2) I know all the prices right up front.
Squarespace has all of their prices right up front. It’ straightforward and the prices have been the same for year, I think they are here to stay. Squarespace has 4 different levels for their pricing, depending on what you want. Everything is clear and straight forward. When I was with a self hosted site, it was great for the first year (or 2-3, depending on how much you pay when you initially sign up, but then the price goes up) I feel like this is talked about, but not enough.
I love how straight forward and easy it is to know exactly how much you’ll pay with Squarespace. You also have the option to pay month by month instead of yearly if that’s something you need. You can check out all of the pricing here.
3) The ultimate reason why I switched was because I’ve been thinking about it for years.
A good friend of mine LOVES Squarespace and every time I visited her site, I knew that I wanted the cleaner look that Squarespace offers. I also loved the idea of setting up my entire website before hitting publish so I could know exactly what it was going to look like before it was up and running. When you sign up with Squarespace you get a 14-day trial to set up your website before paying or launching it!
I am a few months into my switch and every day I’m grateful I took the leap. Moving over my content was a lot easier than I expected it to be (I’m working on a post right now about how you can switch to Squarespace too) and I truly do love my site. I’m still getting it to be exactly where I want it, but we’re on the way there and I couldn’t be happier.
Have you switched blogging platforms before? Which one do you use, and why do you like it?
Hi friend, if you're new around here you should know that I love setting goals! I set personal goals and blog goals every month, but I decided that when it came to sharing my goals on my blog, I'll be sharing my big picture goals for each quarter instead of monthly. I just started this, so this is my first ever quarterly goal post. You can check out my goals for the entire year in this post.
Goals for Quarter 2:
Blog + Social Media Goals
Post consistently. My big goal for this quarter is to stick to my posting schedule. You can expect a new blog post every Tuesday and Thursday. These will be about motherhood, mental health, and books, as those are the topics I write most about. This post was supposed to go up yesterday, but life happened and it's going up on a Friday. But I am going to be more consistent in the future.
Be Active on Instagram. Instagram is my favorite social media platform and I really want to take time every day to engage with the people that I'm already connected with as well as engage with new people. I also am going to try and be on my stories daily. I love watching stories and I know that I want to be better at showing up there.
Work with more brands. I've just started working with more brands (like BookSparks and Pampers) and I want to reach out and do more with brands that I love. I'm still not 100% sure what this will look like, but this quarter I'll be brainstorming and then reaching out to brands to work with.
Finish writing my first draft! This is my biggest goal for this quarter. I am about halfway through my first draft of my novel and I really want to finish it. (I'd love to finish it in April, but by the middle of May at the latest. In the past, I've struggled to finish drafts and this time I am determined to finish and then go back and make this one better. I really love this story and I can't wait to share it with you when the time comes.
Start exercising or yoga again. I want to be active. I know that this will help my physical body, but it will also help my mental health. Exercising hasn't been something I've ever been great at, but I'm ready to change that. Once it gets warmer I'd really love to start walking outside with Von every day. But, on the cold days I'm going to start working out or doing yoga at home.
Pray daily + attend the temple at least once. One of my big goals for 2019 is to strengthen my faith. I feel like I've been strengthening my faith and relationship with God a lot this year, but I'm ready to do more. Prayer used to be a daily habit but it isn't anymore. I am making it a priority though because I really do love talking with God. I also want to attend the temple, because it's been far too long!
Put my phone down. I'm really trying to be more present. To play with Von and have a real connection with her and Griffin. I'm trying to be better at leaving my phone in the other room so that I don't reach for it in a quiet moment. Thankfully Von is pretty good at bringing me books all day long so she helps me be more present! But it's still something I'd like to work on, especially in the evening once Griffin is home from work.
What are some of your goals for quarter 2? Do you have goals for the different areas of your life? Let's chat!
Have you ever had something that you loved and wanted to build a life out of? For a long time I dreamed that I could get paid to read and talk about books (and maybe some day that will happen 😉). But one thing that I've wanted to do for a long time is make blogging my business. I started blogging because it was a way for me to get my thoughts out. I don't remember the name of my first blog. Probably because I started it 10 years ago when I was in high school. I wrote about my life, my friends, my boyfriends, and I remember a post about cheerleaders that I wrote in anger one day that still makes me cringe. But I started blogging back then because I loved writing. And I loved the idea of people reading what I wrote.
I started blogging because it was something I loved.
But it wasn't until recently that it really hit me how I could make blogging my job. For years I've thought about how I wanted to work from home as a writer and a blogger. But I never really thought about how to do it. Now that I'm home with Von, I thought it would be a good time to get more serious about blogging. I love to write and I want to help and serve you with my words. This blog is for me but it's also for you. I want to inspire and help you live your best, most purposeful life. Because that's the life I'm striving to live, and I want to show you how.
And for me, it all started with blogging.
Is there something that you love to do? Something that fills you up and makes you feel like a kid on Christmas when you think about it? Honestly, that's how blogging is for me. I read blog posts about blogging all the time. I'm always learning and finding new ways to be a better blogger because it's what I love to do. I am a firm believer in following your passions. I'm also a firm believer in that our true purpose in life comes from loving and serving God and other people. And what better way to do that than through something we already love!?
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