Welcome to Dividend Mantra 2.0!
I recently revealed to everyone that I was moving from Blogger to WordPress. This move was necessary for a number of reasons, most prominently of which being a better experience for both you readers and myself, as well as ownership of my content. I have aspirations of hopefully one day being able to write a book, and if I don’t even own my own words that could be a problem. I’ve worked extremely hard over the last three years trying to build this blog into a wonderful community of like-minded investors, savers, freedom fighters, and free-thinkers. And to think Blogger not only owns everything I worked hard at, but could also shut it down at any time, was too much to bear.
Now this move didn’t come without its share of headaches and costs, but I did everything I could to make sure the transition is seamless for you readers. If you experience any issues please let me know so I can do everything in my power to fix it. I know basically nothing about HTML, CSS, and other consonant-heavy coding abbreviations, but if I’m good at anything it’s figuring things out and getting the answer. Learning how WordPress works, how servers function and how to transfer a domain name are new skills I definitely didn’t have before this move. But just like investing, you learn as you go. I knew nothing about personal finance and stocks before I started this journey, but now I can comfortably say I know what I’m doing.
So I talked about a “better experience”. What exactly is that?
Well, I’ve added some features here to the new site. I have linked this site to social media accounts that either weren’t being used previously or are brand new. You can see the links to these sites in the pretty little social icons on the right sidebar. I’m now available on Twitter, Facebook and Google+. This allows anyone who prefers to communicate through those mediums to get in touch with me and have some great conversations outside the blog. I don’t really have access to a smartphone on the go, and my day job takes up 11 hours per day during the week, so I may be a bit slow to respond to tweets and Facebook posts, but just like comments here on the blog I do my best to get in touch with everyone.
Also, I hope this new platform is just plain easier to use and better looking. It’s cleaner and much more professional than the Blogger platform I just left, as well as feature-rich. If you have a gravatar, your picture will show up in the comments section. Also, you can easily subscribe to comment threads and new posts within the comment box. In addition, the content is fully stretched here because I have a lot of space to work with, so as always content is king here. No background at all.
All the content, pages, and post comments you’re used to seeing was fully imported to WordPress; however, I did lose the comments within the pages at the top. Unfortunately, there was nothing I could do about that. The import does not directly copy over pages so I had to do that manually and comments can’t be brought over in that manner. But it’s an opportunity to open up great, new discussions and, as always, I’m here to provide inspiration and support through these comments. In addition, I actually added a brand new page titled Monthly Budgets where you can access all of my monthly budgets since the beginning of 2011 and see my monthly and yearly savings rates. This blog is just as much about living below your means as it is generating passive dividend income, so I wanted to highlight the power of consistent frugality.
So what you can expect here at the new and improved Dividend Mantra is all of the same, but just a little better. I’m still going to be writing the best possible content I can produce, while divulging all of my finances as I continue to aggressively pursue financial independence. I’m hoping everyone really enjoys the new platform and finds it easier to use. I also hope you add me to any social media accounts you use so we can easily stay in touch there as well.
Before I go, I wanted to thank those that helped make this move possible. Avrom over at Dividend Ninja answered a ton of technical questions. Adam from Write Your Own Reality has been really instrumental in helping me get the look right through a number of emails. And Emily White actually performed the migration for me and helped set up redirects, making sure the transition went smoothly. Thank you all!
Also, I wanted to give a shout-out to Liquid Web. They’re my hosting platform and they’ve been great. Anything from answering my calls at 3 am about the CPanel to helping me build a new server – they were there. The link to Liquid Web is an affiliate link, but I’m only including it because I highly recommend them. HostGator was a nightmare when I first attempted this move, and LW cleaned up the pieces.
So there you have it. The new and improved Dividend Mantra. It’s a brave new world!
How do you like the new site? Enjoy the new platform?
Thanks for reading.