Starting my blog has been a giant experiment in this little corner of the internet. I honestly thought I’d crap out of it after the first couple of weeks– because, let’s be real, my follow-through could use some work–but thanks to #Blogtober14 I’ve really actually become quite attached to my humble little blog.
Though I’ve learned a lot since July, I think I’ve come up with far more questions about blogging than answers for those questions. Though I’m a #TeamInternet kid all the way, this world of HTML and the actual knitty-gritty of how it all works has my head spinning whenever I try to do something.
Like, Google Analytics. PLEASE, if anyone ever figures out how to use that damn thing, please let me know. So far the only thing I have mastered is watching how many people are viewing it in Real Time, and squealing in glee anytime the number is higher than 2. Like Sunday, I posted the URL on my Facebook for the first time and practically cried when the number of real time views reached double digits. They like me, they really like me!
Another huge example of my total lack of knowledge in this department reared it’s ugly head this morning as well. Something so simple (to me) turned into something horribly challenging.
Changing my blog URL.
(Those who have been doing this for years or who fully understand this great mythical beast of the interwebz are probably rolling their eyes at my stupidity right now in thinking that changing my URL wouldn’t be a big deal. But whatever, I never pretended I was an expert. I think I’ve actually made it pretty clear that my expertise lies in Netflix, quoting the “Friends” series and drinking crappy coffee, not blog knowledge.)
I like my blog name, as I think it describes my life at the moment perfectly, but when I was making my blog web address, I just used my go-to social media name: iamkelskels
This morning, I tried changing it to something that better served my blog title, and immediately realized that it wasn’t nearly as easy as I thought it was. This changed lasted all of a few minutes before I freaked out and changed it back.
For the 5 minutes that I changed the URL, my blog was essentially a brand new thing on Bloglovin’, which is my only frame of reference for knowing that trying to change it was a bad idea. Changing my blog URL means that my blog is no longer at the same place on the internet that it was before, which meant that my registered blog on Bloglovin’ no longer existed. It was my understanding that now I had to re-register my blog with this new URL, and lose all of my followers on Bloglovin’… (all 41 of them– but STILL! I’ve worked hard for all 41 of my Bloglovin’ BFFs). Unless hopefully I am wrong, and just don’t understand Bloglovin’ either– which, if that’s the case, please let me know ASAP.
Those paralyzing 5 minutes of fear that my entire blog might move far, far away from the few people who know it was more than enough to convince me to change it back to the original URL, which is how we ended up at exactly the same place I started.
So now I have even more questions:
1. Can I ever change my blog URL without losing all of my following?
2. Would changing it impact the very little understanding of Google Analytics that I already have? Would I have to reclaim it on there too?
3. Am I stuck with this stupid URL for my blog forever?
4. What happens if I want to drop the “.blogspot.com” and buy my own domain? Will I lose it all anyway?
5. How can I get super cute icons next to the post categories on the left sidebar of my blog? All I want is a cute, cartoon-y coffee cup next to the word “lifestyle”, is that too much to ask for?!
6. Is it normal for these questions to be keeping me up at night, when I should be thinking about more important things, like finishing the marketing brochure for the CSAC, moving out of my mom’s house, or if there will ever be a ‘Gilmore Girls’ movie?
7. Google AdSense… yay or nay?
8. Is Bitly something I should get into, or should I just keep letting Bloglovin’ tweet my new posts for me?
I have no idea. I obviously need to do more research on this (in between working at the gym tonight, finishing that aforementioned brochure, cleaning, planning the next 10 days of blog posts, and GOING TO CHICAGO TO VISIT MY BESTIE THIS WEEKEND), but for now I guess we’ll stick with “iamkelskels” for lack of a better solution.
And to any of my lovely readers– if you know any of the answers to my questions, please let me know. I’m desperate for information.
For now though, I think it’s time for another cup of coffee. My brain hurts.