Introducing Two New Cooking Events, Moving from Blogger to WordPress and My New Blog
This is my fourth post on the new blog and I thought it was time to tell you all about my new home and why I moved. First, let me introduce you to a lady who made it all possible ~ somebody who helped me make the move from Blogger to WordPress, and who designed my new blog ~ Liz from Violet Posy. Liz made the whole experience seem effortless, although I know she worked very hard to make the move possible……THANKS Liz! If you fancy a new makeover for your blog or need a badge to advertise your site, pop over to Violet Posy and let her know I sent you over there, she may offer you a “virtual” G and T!! I would also like to say a BIG thanks to Heather, over at Audrey Eclectic, who painted my original header….Liz and I tried to incorporate her lovely painting into the new header, but it didn’t fit – so now it hangs in pride of place in my kitchen.
Why did I move from Blogger to WordPress?
I have only been food blogging for seven months; before that I was a regular contributor to several national food magazines, but one magazine folded unfortunately and as the recession hit harder, I found it difficult to get regular work as a freelance writer – so I set up my own “stall” and started to blog…. and to coin a hackneyed phrase, I have not looked back. I started on Blogger, and the platform served me well for my formative months; however, as my site traffic grew and as I expanded, I wanted to do more, and some of the features or plugins that I hankered after were simply not available on Blogger, so I started to think about moving over to WordPress. The final decision to move came about due to a very stressful time; last November, my blog was hacked and deleted….I cannot tell you how upset I was – months of hard work, photos, recipes, my words – all gone due to one sad person’s thoughtless and malicious actions….and when I turned to Blogger for help and support, they were found lacking…….I never had any replies to my numerous emails and pleas for help, so that really was the final straw for me, I decided to switch to Self Hosting on WordPress.
Well, it is early days and I am still finding my way around a very much larger and more sophisticated dashboard, but I can say that based on what I have seen and used so far, I like it! I am amazed at all the plugins (added features) that you can install with WordPress and the high level of professional finish that you can achieve with the platform too. As my blog is predominately all about food, the recipe plugin is fabulous, and, I hope you appreciate the printable recipe feature that all my recipes will have as standard from now on. The reply on dashboard feature to all comments is slick and easy to use, and makes answering comments so quick now…..something that I was finding hard to keep up with on my old Blogger platform. The support for anti-spam is superb and the fact that I am self-hosting, gives me a higher element of control over my own blog, which is reassuring. The range of fonts with the Google Fonts plugin is vast, thus giving all styles and types of blogs far more creativitiy and a chance to build an identity based on different typeface styles……something that I learned when I did my Graphic design degree many years ago! There will be a multitude of other features that has made the move worthwhile, but, as I said, I am still finding my way around, so I will report back at regular intervals.
My Two New Cooking Events
There are many cooking challenges and events around, and the Tea Time Treats monthly challenge that I run with Kate is already very popular…..so why add two more? Well, I have promoted Herbs on Saturday and Slow Sunday on my blog before, as personal weekly cooking posts, using herbs on Saturday and cooking slowly on Sunday of course…..with different herbs and ingredients each week. I thought with the new blog design I would reintroduce them as a communal Blog Hop weekly event…….and all of you who cook with herbs on Saturday or have a Slow Sunday planned, can come along and share your posts via a Blog Hop link on the special pages I will make for each event……blogging is about sharing I feel, and what better way to share than through food! I will be posting more information about these two new events next week. That’s it for today, I do have some more thoughts I would like to share about my big move, but I will leave them for later delectation! See you tomorrow with another BREAKFAST recipe, have a lovely Sunday evening, Karen.