New Design & A Fresh Start

Yes I am still alive, although if you only follow me on my blog you probably thought otherwise. A lot happened over the last week or so and I felt so caught up in the online world, I was missing out on reality. After switching to self hosted I ran into countless issues that caused me to have a breakdown in my room on several occasions. After spending 6 months working so hard on my posts and all you lovely readers following me, the thought of losing it all was definitely freaking me out. Luckily everything is sorted now so I can take a step back from all the technical things that go along with self hosting your own blog and just focus on what I love, writing and talking to you guys.

I often find that if I spend a lot of time stressing about something I grow to resent it, assignments and tests are a good example haha. I’d spent 3 days straight sitting on my laptop talking to tech support people trying to fix everything that the last thing I wanted to think about when it was all sorted was blogging. I was really worried because I’d just put a lot of effort (and money) into my blog and now all of a sudden I didn’t even want to think about it. I messaged my friend trying to put these feelings into words (while failing miserably) and she understood how I felt. She reassured me that everyone feels like this at times and told me to take a break because I had been so stressed that it wore me out, all I needed was a little space to see again how much I love it. Don’t get me wrong I knew I always loved blogging and that wasn’t going to change!.. but I’ve always been terrible when it comes to tech related things, when I was 10 I got an iPod shuffle and I spent so long trying to set it up and it going wrong that I didn’t even want to use my iPod… until a few hours later when I had calmed down and could actually enjoy it. That exact same feeling came over me a few days ago and all I needed was a bit of time to calm down and forget about the stress, now all I can think about is the new posts that I want to write. My blog is finally the way I’ve always dreamed it would look, I’ve gotten over my little blogging slump and am back in the swing of blogging. The stress of switching is finished and I can just enjoy blogging like I did before. I can’t wait to work harder than ever to produce fab content for you all and make even more friends this year!!

Even though I could have just kept blogging as usual and never mention that I had issues and needed some time to work through it I felt as though I not only needed to but wanted to. My blog is a place where I want to be completely me, I’m not going to cut out the hard stuff because it won’t sound as pretty. I’m always going to be 100% real with you all. Also just because I had some issues with switching over to self hosted doesn’t mean you will, & if you do run into problems there is almost always a solution so don’t give up if it’s something you want to do!!

I’ve said it countless times but I honestly can’t thank you all enough for the support I have on my little blog, when I published my first post I thought I’d get 10 followers if I was lucky. Even though it sounds super corny I do think that I was meant to start a blog, I’ve never clicked with something like I do with blogging. It’s become a huge part of my life and I feel so grateful to have amazing readers who are always there for me and have pushed me to keep going even when I wanted to give up!! Blogging is something I want to pursue for many years to come and going self hosted was the best decision I’ve made, even though there were some bumps in the process. I now know how to overcome these problems if they ever happen again in the future. I’m excited for this fresh start on my blog in 2017, the new design and more control I have makes me want to put more and more effort in every day. I just quickly want to mention that I’ll be posting at least once a week, a post will definitely be up on the weekend and I may also post during the week depending on how stressful school gets. Thank you for taking the time to read all this, I feel like a weights been lifted now that I’ve got it off my chest. Much love as always.

 

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  1. January 14, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    Lovely post Sophie! I have felt also overwhelmed when I switched to self hosted because I had to start everything all over, leaving my fist blog. Know that I’ve had time to calm myself down I feel much better. Don’t worry, you were not alone 🙂 Also, I cannot wait to see more posts on this beautiful blog!
    Love you lots,
    Roxanne

    • Sophie
      January 14, 2017 / 10:27 pm

      It feels so good to not be alone in feeling that way, thankfully I’m over it and can just enjoy blogging again, I’m glad you feel better about it now as well. Thank you so much lovely xxx

  2. January 14, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Going self hosted must be challenging and id be so proud if i were you! Your blog is so beautiful and its good that you had a little break xx

    • Sophie
      January 15, 2017 / 9:49 am

      Thank you so much xx

  3. Deeds
    January 15, 2017 / 9:43 am

    Sophie I cannot believe how good this looks! I can’t wait to see more blog posts!!!! Wooooo

    • Sophie
      January 15, 2017 / 1:55 pm

      Xxx

    • Sophie
      January 15, 2017 / 6:50 pm

      Im so glad you like it, I can’t wait to write more 😘😘

    • Sophie
      January 22, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      thank you so much lovely xxx

  4. January 20, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    I can completely sympathise, I went through a blog re-design a few weeks back and it was so stressful in that in between period where your blog looks like hell and all your posts are jumbled! I definitely think that if I stress a lot about something I grow to resent it as well so next time I make blog changes I’m going to have to create some kind of a relax and reward system to keep me calm and happy…haha

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • Sophie
      January 23, 2017 / 2:32 pm

      Im so glad I’m not alone in all the stress, I felt like the only one dealing with it for a while. The reward system sounds like such a good idea, I’ll definitely be using it whenever i do any other big changes too xx Thank you for reading (plus I love how your blog looks!!)

  5. January 21, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I made the switch to self-hosted on WordPress from using Blogger for years, and it was a nightmare. All is good now, and I’ve got my fresh start as well. Glad you got it all sorted out. Your blog is lovely, and can’t wait to connect more. 🙂

    • Sophie
      January 23, 2017 / 2:34 pm

      At least its all done and now we can both just enjoy our new blogs 🙂 Thank you for reading xox

  6. January 21, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    I can really relate to this post – I recently became self-hosted and also ran into a lot of difficulties but in the end it all worked out! Love the new design 🙂

    Ali | http://alibourke.com

    • Sophie
      January 23, 2017 / 2:36 pm

      I’m so happy that it all worked out for you. Thank you for reading it’s nice to know I’m not alone in all the issues that go along with self hosting xxx

    • Sophie
      January 23, 2017 / 2:47 pm

      Aww thank you so much xx

  7. January 23, 2017 / 4:15 am

    I can totally relate; when I switched to self-hosted, everything completely mesed up and i thought i lost everything..its a horrible feeling!x

    • Sophie
      January 23, 2017 / 2:48 pm

      It’s honestly the worst feeling, my stomach was in knots the whole time I was trying to fix everything. I hope every thing is all good with your blog now xx

  8. January 24, 2017 / 3:02 pm

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Very well written!

    • Sophie
      January 26, 2017 / 8:43 am

      Thank you x

  9. January 25, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I thought I was missing someone’s posts! I’m so glade that everting is sorted now! Can’t wait to continue reading your blog! xxxx

    • Sophie
      January 25, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Aww thanks girl Xxx

  10. January 25, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Also did I mention your blog looks AMAZING!!!! xxxxx

    • Sophie
      January 25, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      Thank you so much I’m so happy you like it xxxxxx

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