I wanted to make a short, but important announcement today.
This blog has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. What started out as an innocent hobby has grown into a full-blown passion for me. And I hope it has for you readers as well.
Due to this, I have decided to move from Blogger to WordPress. And there’s a couple of reasons for this change.
First, Blogger hosts my content for free in exchange for ownership of the content. Although it’s exceedingly unlikely, Google (parent of Blogger) could, at any time, decide to shut my blog down, or distribute my content as they see fit. I don’t truly “own” my content here at Blogger. And after writing more than 500 posts, responding to thousands of comments and emails, and building countless relationships I think that needs to change. So I have purchased a hosting package with HostGator and I’m currently knee-deep in setting up my shiny, brand new blog with a “virtual url” on WordPress. Don’t know what a virtual url is? Me neither.
Second, I thought it was time to put something really professional together for both you readers and myself. I’m proud of what we’ve done here together over the last few years, and a great way to celebrate that is with a fantastic looking, super proficient platform. I want something that can grow with us, and I think I’ve found that. I purchased high-end framework and a matching theme and I’m really excited for what you guys think about it. It’s a bit minimalistic compared to what I’ve been doing here at Blogger, but it’s really clean and super easy to use. It’ll have all the same content as you’re used to, but some of the more than 12,000 comments may not transfer over (half of which are mine).
So at some point in the next 24 hours I’m going to try and put the finishing touches on the new site and make the migration. There may be some slight downtime when this is occurring, but I’ll be back up and running shortly. I’m hoping to get this done overnight so that it causes minimal issues.
I’m also likely going to switch email platforms from FeedBurner (the current service providing subscribed readers with emails) to AWeber. This is because the former doesn’t allow me to communicate very effectively with readers and there’s been some chatter that at some point in the future it’s going the way of dinosaur. Perhaps it’s time to make that switch as well. If I do – and this is important – you’ll likely get a new email opt-in because AWeber wants to make sure they’re emailing and serving clients that want to be served. I’ll make sure to update everyone if this is a service I decide to take advantage of, but I’ll only do it in the best interest of our relationship. If I get negative feedback on this I won’t do it.
Finally, thank you! I wouldn’t be doing this if this blog wasn’t growing the way it is and if I wasn’t very serious about continuing to write and inspire. So thank you for the support and allowing me to grow as a writer.
I’ll be around all night, so if anyone has any tips or tricks on this migration I’ll be glad to take them. I’ve received a lot of help (and inspiration to make this move) from Avrom over at Dividend Ninja. Thanks, Avrom! Also, any feedback is really appreciated – positive or negative.
I look forward to seeing everyone very soon on the new platform!
Thanks for reading.
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