News! News! News!

September 18, 2014 Uncategorized 5

Hey everyone! If you guys follow me on twitter, you’ve probably already heard this but, I just wanted to make a formal announcement on the blog. You ready?

I’m making the change to WordPress!
 


As scary and freaked out I currently am, I feel like this is the right direction to go in with my blog. I like Blogger and am completely comfortable with the platform. But being comfortable is boring. After talking with some friends and Ashley at NoseGraze, I realized that WP is the way to go. I like how many things you can do with WP, whereas Blogger is kind of limited. If you’ve noticed my home page, you can see my attempt at making thumbnails and post snippets. Blogger doesn’t really let you make it look the way you want to.

You’ve all been to a WP site with the fancy and clean design on a thumbnail image, that is proportional, and a snippet of the review/post. It looks nice, right?? That’s what I want for my blog. I hate how I used to show the entire post on the home page. It cluttered up the blog and made you, the readers, scroll an awful lot. Amirite?

Another thing I’ve sort of envied about the WP users is the twitter widgets they use. Twitter will post archived posts randomly without the person having to do it manually. I love the idea! There’s always posts that people miss, how neat would it be if there were tweets once a day linking to something from the past? Hello throwback thursday! But anyway, I want that too.

One of the biggest reasons I’ve thought about making the switch to WP is because of the Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin that Ashley created. Seriously, this girl is a genius. I haven’t had a chance to try it out yet, I’m still attempting to learn the WP platform, but I know that it’s going to make my life as a book blogger SO much easier. You guys probably know, and if not now you will, it takes a tremendous amount of time to format my book reviews. I like them to all look uniform, with a splash of color that matches the book cover. However, the time it takes to make sure everything is lined up perfectly, having to look up all the information about the book, creating the links so you guys can purchase it if you want, it takes forever. I probably spend more time on that than actually writing out my review. That’s probably why I save that part for last. It’s frustrating and tedious. With the UBB, if I’m not mistaken, all the hard work is taken care of. If you haven’t heard of it before, go look at the Ultimate Book Blogger plugin website. Seriously, it sounds amazing and I cannot wait to use it.

So to sum this all up, I took the plunge and am now going to be with WordPress. What does this mean for you? I’m pretty sure it means absolutely nothing! I will have all of my Bloglovin’ followers converted automatically, I’m almost certain I can have my email subscribers and GFC followers converted automatically as well. *fingers crossed* Because I own my owm domain name (thebookishdaydreamer.com) you don’t have to type in anything different to find my little corner of the blogosphere. I’ll still be in the exact same spot! You will, however, notice some layout changes and such. I’m trying to figure out how to design the look of my blog with WP so you’ll probably notice some days where the background is a plain, old, white color. So please, don’t mind the mess. I’ll get it looking all pretty again soon!

Once the migration is officially complete, I’ll make another post with some more details about my experience and if I need anything from you guys in terms of following options. As of right now, I literally only have a temporary website and I’ve logged on to the WP user thing once. So yeah, lots to come in the future.

Just so you know, and this is completely unrelated to my move to WP, I’m participating in the Stuck in a Good Book blog hop this weekend and giving away a great prize. Be on the lookout for it!

 

Christine

5 Responses to “News! News! News!”

    • Christine

      Thank you so much, Savannah! I may be emailing you here shortly. I am so confused and a bit frustrated trying to figure things out.

  1. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I have been thinking about doing this for so, so long, but I am scared! But you’re so right- the time I take formatting the post takes longer than the actual post. After looking at the UBB page… yeah. I need to do this. I think your post may have been the push I needed! Hope the transition goes well for you, I am off to try to get the ball rolling myself! Thanks for the great post 🙂

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight recently posted: Review: Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
    • Christine

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who had been having that issue! There is no easy way to do it. I think that’s one of the reasons why I sort of went MIA during the summer. With school and work, I had no time or energy to fiddle around with formatting reviews. I’m in the process of writing a post for next week about my experience with switching so you should come back and see how it went! If you do think about it, I would HIGHLY recommend going with Ashley’s book hosting site http://bookhost.io/ It was made for book bloggers and includes the UBB plugin!! Also, it’s pretty cheap for each month AND Ashley will migrate everything from your blogger blog to wordpress FOR FREE. I spent about an hour or two looking at that website and after seeing what all I’d be getting, I couldn’t resist. And if you have any questions about it, email me! (:

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