Monday, October 13, 2014

Why you shouldn't change your blog's address


A couple of months ago I acted rashly to solve what I perceived as a glaring problem. 

Initially (four years ago) this blog was created to help promote my (at the time) newly released E-book--The Sweater Curse. (Please don't search for it. It's no longer available.) I used the address http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com

Sweater Curse? Does that sound like a knitting blog to you?

Yup, that's what I was afraid of. And you aren't alone. Many wondered if it was a knitting or writing blog. And this confusion really bothered me.

When I bought back the rights to The Sweater Curse E-book I thought I could make-over this blog as well. I'd start with the confusing address. But can I change it?, I wondered. And what would happen if I did? 

Very bad things, blog gurus told me.  (Blog gurus like Kristen Lamb)

But as the confusion continued so did my unease. 

Then... Then one day I was snooping around in the inner bowels of my blog and I found a magic button. This magic button offered to grant me one wish. If I pressed it I could change my blog's address. Like Cinderella looking at the Witch's juicy red apple, I didn't think twice I pressed the button and instantaneously I killed http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com I didn't feel anything but relief as I created my new address:  http://authorleannedyck.blogspot.com

Yes, I was happy until I woke up the next day. Realization found me with the morning light. As usual, I logged on to my blog and checked my stats. The number of page views was down, dramatically. And I knew what was happening. I visualized people trying to log on to http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com. and instead of seeing the home page they were being informed that the blog they were looking for no longer existed.  

No, it's not true. I'm still here, I wanted to scream. But I was helpless. My hands were tied. I'd killed http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com and there was no way to bring it back. The only thing I could do was wait for you to find me. 

And...

And...

Happily ever after, you did find me.

What about WordPress?

Well, I found this link.

Changing my blog's name was no biggie. But ideally you'll find a name and address that you love and stick with them.

Sharing my author journey...

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I'd won a spot in a local (on-island) playwrights' contest. Though it was a difficult search, thankfully a director and three actors have been found. I was able to attend some rehearsals and hearing my words voiced by skilled actors was a thrill. In fact, I'd highly recommend entering play writing contests simply to have this pleasure. I think it will help me learn how to write even stronger dialogue.

6 comments:

20Pat said...

I'm glad to have found you again. I can just see myself doing the same thing.The web is filled with sparkly buttons that can turn into black holes.

Leanne Dyck said...

Good to hear from you again, Pat. Hope all is well.
Yes, the Internet does seem to be full of them. Thankfully you can sometimes leave breadcrumbs. I wish that was always the case.

Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — As you know, I've not been able to receive email notifications of posts at your new spot. How I remember to swing by is seeing your smiling Gravatar on my Tuesday post then I click on it and make my way over.

Leanne Dyck said...

And when I remember to visit your blog (Tuesdays with Laurie) I'm uplifted by a positive post. So it is a win-win. : )

letscutthecrap said...

Hope the hurdle is over?

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you--not completely but headed in the right direction.