My challenge for this month was to go self-hosted and start my first linky (in that order…).
Over the last year my blog has become very important to me, I want to make it something that I can be really proud of. Writing my blog is my time, it’s something I do for me. Although it forms a journal of our lives, a lasting record of our special times and our ordinary moments; it is my creative outlet, my project, my space.
I want to have more control over my blog; it’s design, it’s look and feel, it’s content. I want the ability to do reviews, should I choose to (I’m still undecided on this one, but I’d like to have the choice!). I want to fully own my work.
To do all this, I needed to go self-hosted. I managed to do this in a weekend, it was far more straightforward than I imagined it would be. I’ve written a step-by-step guide for wordpress.com users – it’s really not as scary as you might think!
I also want to start improving my photography and my writing. There are lots of wonderful photo linkys, many of which I join, and these are already providing me with with lots of inspiration and fabulous tips on improving my technique.
For my writing, I started to look around for inspiration and I realised that I love to take a title and make something of it. So, I decided to start a linky based on this, hoping that others might enjoy it too. And, The Prompt was born!
I said at the start of this post that I wanted to go self-hosted and then start the linky… Of course, I ended up doing it the other way round, with all the resultant faffing with changing links and badges to reference the new site!
But, I got there in the end and managed to achieve both of my January goals, and I am thrilled! My blog is now self-hosted and my linky is in to it’s third week.
In all honesty, I didn’t expect to manage it. But, actually, I feel pretty proud of myself.
My challenge for February is to get back on top of the domestic stuff; it’s all a bit chaotic at the moment and I’d like to feel more in control again!