After 1,5 years of blogging (= ½ year of muddling along, ½ year of figuring out what I wanted to do and ½ year of figuring out how I should be doing it), I finally decided to take a few steps to become a better, more professional blogger.
Step n°1: buying a domain name
Bye bye Fractionsoftheworld.wordpress.com, hello fractionsoftheworld.com. A great thing – the blog title is long enough as it is! The only downside is that I have now lost all of my twitter & facebook likes that were linked to my blog – and you can get addicted to those pretty quickly once they start piling up! I’ll have to start from scratch when it comes to social media … so please bear with me when you start noticing earlier posts reappearing again and again on facebook, twitter and everything else that’s out there.
Step n°2: changing my blog layout
That’s exactly what I did the past few weeks. I’m a big fan of grid layouts because, unlike my previous layout, it enables you to discover all of the older posts quite quickly as well and not just the new stuff. The layout color scheme isn’t 100% to my likings just yet (you are not my friend, CSS) and also, I couldn’t decide whether to move my site to a self hosted domain or have it done by WordPress. I chose the latter… Time will tell if it was the right choice!
Step n°3: telling you about it
You’ve all been so kind to follow my blog, so don’t hesitate to give me any feedback on the new lay-out. Constructive criticism will be received cheerfully 😉
Step n°4: start blogging (again)
Even though it’s the same blog, it still feels like a fresh start. I promise to make it a good one, very soon!
Step n°5: promoting my blog
I’m a freelance journalist and I don’t have an income unless I get out there, shout it from the rooftops and promote myself. Still though, I find self-marketing the biggest challenge of all things related to my job (yes, accounting included). But I’m definitely starting to be proud of my contribution to the world of travel blogging, so who knows, by the end of this year I’ll be joyfully handing out business cards, promoting my blog ad nauseam and using my small fractions of the world as a steppingstone to new adventures.