If you told me when I made my first blog at age 13 I would end up paying to have my own domain I wouldn’t believe you. If you told me back in January when I made this blog, I wouldn’t believe you. I can’t quite believe it myself but I’ve bought my own domain and have gone self hosted! This was a big leap for me.Since around May I’ve really been putting in a lot of effort to my blog. I have discovered soo many amazing other bloggers in these last few months, and that’s really inspired me to work hard towards this. Only a select few people I know in real life actually know this blog exists, so for me to pay money to make this I suppose my ‘Official’ own little corner of the internet is a huge step for me.
So why did I go self hosted? I was really disliking the restricted theme I had from WordPress, apart from the grid layout it wasn’t what I wanted. I also wanted to be able to install plug ins and even use google analytics. Another big factor in this decision was due to the fact I’ve just recently been at university to study for a resit (you can read about me being a failure here) but while I was revising all I could think about was blogging. So much so that in my 2 hour exam, I had answered as much as I could within an hour, and I was sat there excited by the thought of going home to buy a domain! I’ve been so inspired and motivated with it lately and I want to make it something I’m REALLY proud of. My friend Ellie had just also recently gone self hosted as well and that gave me a little push towards doing it, I was so scared it was going to be complicated but it was easier than it looks. Do Check out Ellie’s beautiful blog here with her gorgeous new theme!
I’ve always loved the idea of turning this into my own little website, to have the freedom to customise it however I like and to have this independence! Don’t get me wrong I am still learning and I’ve got a long journey to go when it comes to this new site. I’ve managed to migrate my followers and I still have my comments, but I no longer have the likes on my posts and my views have started at 0 again! Plus I know I might have to make my .wordpress site private…i think? (If you have any advice feel free to leave a comment). On my list is to treat myself to a theme when I next get paid, to be honest I’m really loving this free one I found and might keep it for a while, but it would be nice in the future to have a theme that I know is 100% me.
So yeah, there’s a little Clayaa update for you all! I can’t wait to see how I progress with this blog over the next few months, I’ve already got a lot of posts planned and a few ideas in the running. If you want to show any love on this new blog it would be very appreciated and I would LOVE it if you could give me any advice, so feel free to drop a comment below!
Love Clare xxx
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