Happy Wednesday, and Happy 1-Year Blogiversary to me!
To be honest, or “tbh” as the cool kids say, I wasn’t really sure I’d make it this far. While I love writing and having a virtual scrapbook of my life, I’ve started plenty of blogs before that got abandoned on the side of the Internet Interstate after only a few months. I lost interest in the subject matter, I lacked focus to post consistently, or I simply didn’t have enough time.
Well, I still don’t have enough time (who does?) but I’ve grown to seriously love the community of bloggers I read and interact with, and I just can’t imagine not being a part of this world. So, in honor of a year of writing, photographing, cooking, running, shopping and sharing all of the above with you guys, I’ve decided it’s time to make a few updates & upgrades to Drink the Day : )
image via ashley ella design
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, they are a’ coming! First up on the agenda was to become self-hosted. I set up my BlueHost account and domain, and I’m slowly starting to figure out everything that’s new (to me!) with WordPress. I purchased a gorgeous theme from Eclair Designs that I cannot wait to show you guys – I don’t want to spoil it, but here’s a sneak preview ; )
You may have already noticed the next change – a complete overhaul to my “about me” page! As all of my blog pals know, it’s pretty freaking hard to write about yourself – but I think I managed not to be too awkward. Check it out – and let me know if you think something’s missing!
Within that rambling introduction page, I mentioned my photography business. I’ve touched on Valley Photography a few times before on the blog, but now I’d love to integrate both of my “hobbies” – so you’ll be seeing more photo posts, and a new tab at the top of the page!
I also want to touch on a few goals I have for the future of Drink the Day – hopefully writing them down here will help me hold myself accountable to achieving them!
- Carry my DSLR camera with me more often. I hate when I have to use low quality photos in my posts, but sometimes it’s just easiest to use my iPhone. I’m going to try to use my “big girl camera” in as many situations as I can : )
- Write post outlines a month in advance. I try to fully write posts out as far as possible, but sometimes I just don’t have enough time or brainpower. I think I can handle outlines though…
- Clean up my categories – I have waaaay too many.
- Expand to other social networks ( Twitter account has already been created!)
- Start a successful linkup with a wonderful co-host.
- Start a “challenge” for people to join and post about.
Last but not least, I want to hear from YOU guys! What do you want to read more about? How can I be more useful, helpful or just downright entertaining? I love the time I spend reading blogs every day, and I want Drink the Day to be a happy bookmark on your browser as well : )
A HUGE thank you goes out to everyone who stops by to read my words, even if it’s only sporadically, or through a linkup. I love writing, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care if anyone read my posts! I do. And I love hearing from you too : )
Related: If anyone has made the switch from WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress.org before, and feels like they could answer a few (probably simple) questions, please please please leave me a comment below!
Have a wonderful rest of your week!