That which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
That about explains the process of migrating from Blogger to a personalized domain via WordPress. But let me backtrack.
(the old blog and design)
Blogger has been the home and resting place for The Overweight Bookshelf since 2010. It hasn’t always been a smooth sailing, but it suited my needs…until last week. I was trying to write a post and kept on receiving a message when I tried to upload the book cover image that I was over my allotted uploads for pictures. All blog post pictures uploaded to Blogger are stored on Picassa which limits the amount of free storage users have. This may not be a problem for most bloggers, but because I had all three of my blogs registered under the same email, I was using more storage than most. I balked at the idea of buying more photo space when I had been toying with the idea of purchasing my own domains. I took to Twitter asking my fellow bloggers for advice and within the hour I had been convinced to make the move. So The Overweight Bookshelf via blogger (formerly www.overweight-bookshelf.blogspot.com) no longer exists; if you type in that URL or click an link you will be redirected here…which is probably how you got here anyways!
Some nut (read: me) thought it would be oh so easy to transfer all posts from Blogger, customize a new design, edit code and fine tune a new site BY HERSELF with a self-assigned three day timeframe. Yeah, well it took a little longer than 3 days–6 to be exact including many late nights. I haunted forums, tech how-to websites, watched step-by-step tutorials and came away with an even stronger respect for web site and graphic designers. The possibilities are truly endless (and confusing) so I had to rein myself in before I got too overwhelmed.
This new site is still not perfect but it is slowly getting there. I still have to go through and manually assign categories and tags to all of my older posts and remove my old signature. I changed the header approximately 10 times before determining that black font clashed, the writing was off-centre and it was lacking pizazz in general. My rudimentary Photoshop skills produced the current banner but I wouldn’t be surprised if it changes again…and again and again and again.
Book blogging has been a true pleasure for me and I am so excited to see where this new site will take my blogging journey. I appreciate each and every person that stops by to interact with me about your reading and recommendations. If you have any recommendations or suggestions on how this website could better serve you, please feel free to share! I hope you will take the time to tour the new site and its features and consider following the new feed. I appreciate your patience as I work out the final kinks.