My blog is moving!

Hello everyone.

After far too much deliberation, this week I am starting the process of converting my blog to a self-hosted WordPress.org site.

The new site will still be Margot & Barbara and you’ll still be able to find it at www.margot-and-barbara.com but there will be a few changes.

A new logo, for one. After realising that getting professional help in logo design and website building was going to cost me a month’s salary, I’ve opted for a DIY approach, with MASSES of help from Stephen without whom none of this would be happening. So my site will be ace, my logo will be hand-watercoloured and therefore terribly imperfect and wonky, but it’ll be all mine. As someone told me on Instagram the other day ‘integrity is magnetic’ so I’m hoping that people will appreciate the home-made quality of it! I’ll admit, I’m finding the whole thing one giant learning curve and I’m pretty terrified that I’m going to be writing into the wind with no audience at all. But I want to see if I can make this blog everything it could be and that requires change and a big old pile of bravery, so I’m going for it. Stephen did ask me how I’d feel about losing three years’ worth of writing and that made me gulp a bit, so lets hope it all goes according to plan!

The all new Margot & Barbara will be a bit more focused. I’ll have to get used to not writing about every little thought that pops into my head! I’m not going to be writing any more restaurant reviews, or Leeds event reviews, unless they’re about something I’m especially interested in. I shall leave that to the many talented Leeds-based bloggers out there.  I’m also dropping my blog-every-day plan. Let’s face it, it was never going to last, was it? So, three or four times a week will do nicely.

I’m keeping Three Good Things book reviews, and the occasional personal challenge/scanner-type post (because they’ve got fab feedback, and I enjoy writing them) and I will be doing more writing on gardens, flowers, grow-your-own and all things plant and food based and also travel and adventure posts. This shift is because of the feedback I’ve got from readers in the survey but also it ties in nicely with my own personal plans for the future.

The overall ‘green’ feel of Margot & Barbara (with the occasional glittery post for balance!) will stay and I and will be experimenting soon with making natural beauty products so I’m sure they’ll find their way into a post or two as well.  If you’ve enjoyed reading this blog, you’ll find much of the same in its new home.

Later in the spring/summer will see the launch of the next phase of my changes and I’m SO excited to be getting things under way after a year of procrastination.

I really, really hope that you’ll come across and see me at my new site! Bye for now…

7 Responses to My blog is moving!

  1. See you on the other side!!!

  2. I just did exactly the same thing this week! It’s pretty scary! I know exactly what you’re going through! I was worried that I’d either delete all my content, or all my followers, or both! But it all seems to have moved across okay. The next thing is learning about all this new wordpress.org stuff – my brain feels like it might explode. Really exciting times though. I look forward to seeing what you do from here : )

  3. I came back to see how things had gone for you and – WOW! You’ve had a makeover! Looking completely different, but really good! How did you find the move? I’m still figuring it all out (slowly), think a bit of a spruce up is next on my list : )

    • admin says:

      Hello! Yes, things are going really fast – I’m still in the middle of making changes and probably will be getting a different theme, but it’s all gone really well so far, thanks to my clever boyfriend’s help! The hand-painted logo looks better than I’d thought it would, so that will be staying 🙂

  4. Dave says:

    Looks pretty on a mobile. Congrats on the move. Will be picking your brains about it…

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank you! It’s been a steep learning curve, I can tell you. But I’ve had lots of help from Stephen, thank goodness…

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