I did it! I moved my blog from Typepad to WordPress. Hooray and welcome to my new space!
May was the 9th birthday of While She Naps and felt like the perfect time to invest the time, energy, and money into creating the right sort of home for it. All 1,300 posts have migrated over, along with the many thousands of comments they’ve generated, and everything is organized in a way that is easier to access. There are now drop-down menus for each category in the top navigation bar so that you can easily find all of the posts on particular topics (like publishing or ecommerce or softie design tutorials). The podcast has it’s own menu making it easier to find an episode you’d like to listen to. And beginning early next week I’ll have my own shop right here on the blog where all of my PDF patterns, ebooks, and specialty toy-making supplies will be for sale.
Along with the move to WordPress I also got a new logo and header. As I was working to figure out how I wanted all the branding to look, I created a Pinterest board of blog and logo designs I love. Every time I came across a visual brand identity that caught my eye I added it to the board, with some notes about why I liked it. This really helped me to describe to my designer, Shay Bocks, what kind of look I was hoping to achieve.
Shay showed me four different design briefs. This was the one I chose:
The best thing about all of this is that everything is consistent now. The podcast logo, the newsletter banner, the Facebook page…it’s all got the same look, the same colors, the same icons. I’m thrilled with all of it.
Moving hasn’t been without it’s stressful moments, though. Here are a few things I’ve that need remedying:
- All links to my blog that included the typepad.com URL are now broken forever. This makes me so sad! If you’ve ever linked to my blog and you’d like to fix this, just go back and be sure the link is to whileshenaps.com (and not whileshenaps.typepad.com). I would be so appreciative. I think this is a bad business practice of Typepad’s. There is no way to make those links forward to a new URL.
- If you subscribe to While She Naps in an RSS reader (like Bloglovin’ or Feedly) you might need to go in and update the feed. Just be sure it’s whileshenaps.com and not whileshenaps.typepad.com.
Although that stuff is stressful (I didn’t sleep so well this weekend!), I’m really happy with my new home and I hope it serves you well. I’m jumping right back into writing posts, of course. I’ve got a great one coming on Wednesday about McCalls new social media efforts. See you then!