A New Design, A New Host, And A New Attitude

December 13, 2009 · 85 comments

Outside Time

I’m a creature of habit.

I don’t even like to change my clothes.

And that’s only a SLIGHT exaggeration considering I wear the same hoodie every single weekend.

Making changes to a blog design that I already loved and a host (blogger) that I was perfectly comfortable with were not decisions I made lightly.

I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am with what’s going on with my blog right now.

I’ve been emailing and yapping about these possible changes since June.

JUNE!

I wanted to clean my blog up and I was ready for something new…but with the same feel…and I think got it!

Shannon has been working on my blog and dealing with me for weeks now and she’s been spending this entire weekend switching me over. So far the biggest drawback was that none of my comments made it with the move. All of the lovely things you have ever said to me….and that one comment about me being the devil’s spawn…they’re all gone.

Well. That’s not entirely true…they’re still attached to the blogger blog, which still exists. Maybe I’ll go back to it every once in awhile to say hello to my wonderful old design. Maybe I’ll sit down and read all those old comments and reminisce. Maybe I’ll copy and paste them all into their rightful positions on this blog here. Or maybe not.

There is still some work to be done over here though. I need to add content to that super fun navigation bar. I suddenly want to categorize everything in my life and create a tab for it up there. Slightly addictive, that tab making. I need to learn the ins and outs and take some time to bond with WordPress. I can say right now though, that I feel like we’re going to get along okay. WordPress is complex, yes…but so clean and pretty self explanatory.

The great thing about all of this is that I feel invigorated! I didn’t know I needed that…but I’m really excited about blogging right now. And the interactive commenting there is to be done. So easy to reply back to specific people this way.

We’ll see how long the honeymoon lasts…but right now I’m feeling really good about all this newness.

And I KNOW I was supposed to publish my WordPress Vs. Blogger thing, but I couldn’t NOT address the makeover.

It’s coming though…soon my pretty pets. Soon.

Mama Kat Loves You When You Love Her



{ 85 comments }

Alicia December 14, 2009 at 1:16 am

Woooowwww!! fancy shmancy new place ya got here!! i love the new look! i even love the scandalous new photo of you…..MEOW! :) and don’t worry, if it makes you feel any better i can leave you comments on how you’re the devil’s spawn….because that’s what friends do.
.-= Alicia´s last post: In a nutshell…. =-.

Luschka December 14, 2009 at 1:54 am

New site looks great. I’m on wordpress too. It’s pretty good once you get the hang of it! I think it has a lot more functionality than blogger? Keep up the great posts!

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 8:00 am

Yes…more functionality! Well said! And thank you…I’m making myself right at home here. :)

MrW December 14, 2009 at 2:53 am

Welcome to the dark side…..
.-= MrW´s last post: He made it!!! =-.

Karen & Gerard Zemek December 14, 2009 at 3:13 am

Congratulations on your successful conversion to Wordpress! It looks great and the link from my blogroll over here still worked.
.-= Karen & Gerard Zemek´s last post: Today Is My 56th Birthday! =-.

Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy December 14, 2009 at 3:29 am

Wow! It’s funny, it feels like high school all over again – all the cool blogs are moving to WordPress, and I’m still on Blogger. Can’t wait to read about your comparison of the two, I’ve been thinking about making the switch myself. I think your new site looks just lovely!!! Congrats on surviving the switch!
.-= Elizabeth a.k.a. Type A Mommy´s last post: Christmas Cookie Bonanza: Festive Fudge Cookies =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

I do love Blogger!

Louisa December 14, 2009 at 3:32 am

Let me be the SIXTH person to say – Love the new look!!! You might convince me yet :)

JennyMac December 14, 2009 at 3:57 am

Congratulations! I cant wait to see whats ahead for you MamaKat.
.-= JennyMac´s last post: Moving Day =-.

Trisha February 27, 2014 at 12:34 am

Your answer shows real inlecligente.

Los December 14, 2009 at 4:01 am

Kat – it looks fantastic! Don’t forget about us little people!

Coco December 14, 2009 at 4:16 am

Love the new look and the new photo. Way cool. Glad to see you graduated from blogger and got your own .com. Awesome. Gah. Do I sound like a teenager from 20 years ago?

Shanna December 14, 2009 at 4:37 am

I didn’t even make it to the end of this post without wondering WHY ON EARTH DIDN’T YOUR COMMENTS MAKE IT?? When I moved my Blogger to Wordpress (just moved for experimental purposes…I’m still at Blogger) all my comments went with me. Even the ones from 2006 that were moved from MSN to Blogger to WP…I’m sure there is a way – even if you have to re-export from Blogger then re-import to WP…there must be a way. Period.
.-= Shanna´s last post: The Pace I Keep =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 7:56 am

I guess it’s a problem with Blogger. Shannon really tried to figure out what was going on, but apparently it’s something that a lot of people are frustrated with right now.

angie December 14, 2009 at 5:08 am

Amazing, Kat. Amazing.

Dawn December 14, 2009 at 5:13 am

I love the new look…very pleasing to the eye!
.-= Dawn´s last post: Time to take care of buisness… =-.

Melanie December 14, 2009 at 5:17 am

The new place looks fantastic! I am looking forward to reading your comparison post.
.-= Melanie´s last post: Scrumptious Sunday Swap – Chocolate Truffle Cookies =-.

Amanda December 14, 2009 at 5:29 am

I like the new layout!
.-= Amanda´s last post: Not your Nonna’s Pasta Fagioli =-.

June Freaking Cleaver December 14, 2009 at 5:41 am

Fancy schmancy! Awaiting your tutorial on Wordpress vs. Blogger.
.-= June Freaking Cleaver´s last post: Dear Family, Friends, and Folks I Have No Intention of EVER Inviting into Our Home, =-.

Michelle December 14, 2009 at 5:49 am

Looks great! Great picture of you in the header.

I would love to see the Wordpress vs. Blogger post. I have noticed more and more people switching over. I will say Blogger meets my needs for now but maybe in the future I will go over to the “dark side”. Just kidding :-)

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 7:55 am

It will be up tomorrow I promise!

amber d. December 14, 2009 at 6:04 am

Whoo whoo…love that new photo! Very hot!

Jenn December 14, 2009 at 6:13 am

Congrats on making the swtich! Love the new template.

Chrissy MacCEO December 14, 2009 at 6:16 am

Everything looks fantastic! Very sleek and clean. Love it!

3 Men & a Lady December 14, 2009 at 6:33 am

That sucks about your comments. But just look at your pretty new picture and the sadness will melt away.
.-= 3 Men & a Lady´s last post: Baby-holder or No-Thankser? =-.

Jen @ buried with children December 14, 2009 at 6:39 am

This is just so fabulous! LOVE the tabs. I want tabs. I want a new look. You make me want to switch.

Michelle December 14, 2009 at 6:57 am

I hate wordpress. You know you are going to get haters.

my only reason(s) are that it WILL NOT save my information and every time i want to leave a comment i have to retype it…and frankly, it’s too much work. SO if you hear less from me…

secondly, i hate that you cant just go downs someones blog and read the posts you missed. NOW you have to click on the link cause it’s too much work for wordpress to have them all on the same page, or something. what’s up with that?
.-= Michelle´s last post: Advent – 11 Days until Christmas =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 7:54 am

I can’t believe it won’t remember your information Michelle! You’re right, that is obnoxious.

You actually can set it up like Blogger where you can have all your posts scrolling down your blog. I chose this template because I like that people can see what posts they might have missed at a glance instead of scrolling through. Sometimes my writing prompts get buried and I’m not sure people know they are down there. The other benefit is that it increases your page views. I didn’t do it solely for that reason, but to me it was an added bonus, I already like the clean look of the posts like that.

But yes, I’m sure I’ll still get haters. That will never change. :)

Christopher (AKA: CaJoh) December 14, 2009 at 7:16 am

Love the new look. Looks like you have embraced the newness well. You even have a cute picture (love the martini in your hand).

Cannot wait to hear your comparison and contrasts between blogger and Wordpress (I actually have both, but haven’t done very much in Wordpress).
.-= Christopher (AKA: CaJoh)´s last post: Yey no more drafts =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 7:50 am

I don’t know if I’d be singing WP’s praises if I didn’t have someone walking me through it…it IS very involved over here!

S Club Mama December 14, 2009 at 7:23 am

this really is beautiful. I absolutely love it. Makes me want to switch…we’ll see.
.-= S Club Mama´s last post: babywearing =-.

Summer December 14, 2009 at 7:30 am

Look amazing Kathy!

Can’t wait to hear why I need to switch. =)
.-= Summer´s last post: Monday Muse Fashion Post =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 7:48 am

Summer you would love WordPress. I’m sure of it.

hotpants™ December 14, 2009 at 7:38 am

I like commenting on WordPress because it remembers my information.

Your blog looks great. I especially love that picture of you. You look fabulous!
.-= hotpants™´s last post: The Talk of Tinseltown; Babies & Boobs =-.

Lolli December 14, 2009 at 7:54 am

I love it, M-K! And I love the new picture of you! I love how it still feels like you, but different and new.

My comments didn’t make it, either, and I hate seeing a post with zero comments. It’s so lonely-feeling.

Yes, WP is more complicated. It has been a lot of work getting to know the back-end workings of my new set-up, but I do feel like it was worth it.
.-= Lolli´s last post: I Heart Faces-Pets Only! =-.

Natalie December 14, 2009 at 8:25 am

Love the new layout! Looks great!

Jessica December 14, 2009 at 8:27 am

It looks great, Kat! I luuuuuurve the new look, but I still don’t like you switching to WordPress. I’ll only deal with it because I like you…a lot…most times.

P.S. I’ve referenced you in my post today and was totally inspired by your Photoshopping abilities. :)

http://jessicaelizabethr.blogspot.com/2009/12/any-takers.html

Michelle December 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

Love it. It’s a gorgeous site… and I can’t wait to see the Blogger v WordPress post. I’m afraid to leave….
.-= Michelle´s last post: Good Ideas Gone Bad =-.

3 Men & a Lady December 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

I checked out WP but I think I am going to stay with Blogger, although I really like how your site looks. It’s so slick and professional looking. It’s going to take some getting used to, though, kinda like when you grow up in the same familiar house, and then years later your parents go and buy a bigger, newer, cooler house…. you love it, but it takes a while to feel like home.
.-= 3 Men & a Lady´s last post: Baby-holder or No-Thankser? =-.

Emmy December 14, 2009 at 8:36 am

It looks good! And your feed still works as I came here right from my google reader.
.-= Emmy´s last post: Santa’s Visit =-.

MamaOtwins+1 December 14, 2009 at 8:41 am

Congrats on your move! You sound like me – change is hard and I am not to the point that I am ready to change over yet.
- Love the new look.
.-= MamaOtwins+1´s last post: I’m giving out Awards for Christmas! =-.

Trudy December 14, 2009 at 9:10 am

How exciting…it’s like a little Christmas gift for yourself! I love the new look!
.-= Trudy´s last post: Christmas Love =-.

parenting BY dummies December 14, 2009 at 9:23 am

Aren’t you gorgeous over here?! Now have something else to be jealous about, like your quick wit, your long legs, and your cute-as-all-get-out weren’t enough! I’ve been wanting to switch for so long, something about the tabs makes me all warm inside, but can’t justify the monetary investment it would require. No way I could successfully accomplish it on my dim witted own. But, maybe one day, when I have a blog that deserves it (meaning people actually read the damn thing consistently) I’ll do it. Until then, I’m stuck on my basic Blogger blog with my uncentered header! Congrats, Kat, it looks really amazing!
.-= parenting BY dummies´s last post: Boom Baby! =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

It IS spendy! I justify it by saying that I don’t have any other hobbies that cost money, so a blog design that will last however many years really isn’t THAT much. :)

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 12:49 pm

By the way you can do tabs in Blogger too!

Taylor K December 14, 2009 at 9:28 am

ooh la la I love the new design! Especially the fantastic photo at the top. Well done!

Jennifer December 14, 2009 at 9:35 am

Love the new design and layout. My favorite is your main page. I love the short blocks of previous posts. Makes for much less scrolling.

Sad your comments didn’t make the voyage.
.-= Jennifer´s last post: Let’s Say Thanks—-Do It =-.

Baby Mama December 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

Oh now youre making me jealous. It looks GREAT!!!!! Cant wait to hear the comparison. I need a link to the lovely lady that moved you over!! Maybe I’ll follow you :-)
.-= Baby Mama´s last post: Ordinarily Special =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Oops…totally forgot to link to Shannon! She’s at http://momreinvented.com/.

Ashlee A December 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

I love it! Mostly, I love the fact that it updates people blogs and I just click them if I’m interested. :) I wont be a hater, I promise! xo

Connie Weiss December 14, 2009 at 10:01 am

Lovely! I’m excited for you and your new digs.

and did you see that ELLEN is following me on Twitter as of Friday. I don’t know why though…did you tell her to follow me?
.-= Connie Weiss´s last post: My Baby’s Sick! =-.

Mama Kat December 14, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Are you kidding me Connie? What in the hell is it going to take? I can’t even get a twitter follow from Ellen, let alone a response to my letters.

I’VE HAD IT!

greedygrace December 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

Congrats on the successful move!
.-= greedygrace´s last post: Holiday Tour! =-.

Charlene December 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

Wow…look at you! Fancy new place. I like it. It’s so clean. I love the white, and I LOVE the new photo…super sexy but still totally you. Don’t worry about the comment thing, I’m sure we’ll all fill the void with time…new comments are the best ones anyway right?
.-= Charlene´s last post: Super Awesome Giveaway =-.

susan December 14, 2009 at 11:16 am

Congrats on the change! The new blog looks wonderful.
.-= susan´s last post: Tis’ The Nutcracker Season =-.

Nicole @ Modern Style Mama December 14, 2009 at 11:20 am

I am beginning to think I should switch to wordpress. I have concerns regarding my very recent NEW look. I am very much looking forward to that post fo yours!!!
.-= Nicole @ Modern Style Mama´s last post: Modern Style Mama: Who is She & What Is It All About? =-.

stephanie December 14, 2009 at 11:23 am

well check you out! you are looking mighty sexy in that apron. i certainly don’t look that fantastic when i cook. but thats ok, we can still be friends. :)

Alicia December 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

It looks GREAT! I’m excited for you!
.-= Alicia´s last post: How to have fun in that white, wet, freezing cold stuff Part 2 of 2 =-.

Amo December 14, 2009 at 11:36 am

I love the picture of you on your header. Very cute! The new design is great, too. Looks like the transition has gone smoothly! What a relief, huh?
.-= Amo´s last post: Docs and Pee Sticks and Dancing on the Table =-.

LeJes December 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm

so classy! you look like a million buck$!

Lourie December 14, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Wow! it looks fabulous! I am such a chicken, I think WP would totally intimidating!

Emily December 14, 2009 at 1:30 pm

Love the new look. And I don’t blame you for the clothes changing thing…I mean, when you find the perfect hoodie, why change!?
.-= Emily´s last post: Maybe he’s just not a choir boy… (UPDATED) =-.

Amanda @ Serenity Now December 14, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Awesome new blog banner!! :) Did you have any problems losing your Followers from Google when you switched over? Everything looks amazing, and I am so wishing I had some tabs (in my blog and in life) right now. ;)

Ashley December 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm

It’s beautiful – like your face! Love it :)
.-= Ashley´s last post: Because I Never Update You On My Life. =-.

Mariah December 14, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Looking good in here!!! :) I’m switching to wordpress too, as soon as I move around all my pictures!!
.-= Mariah´s last post: Boobs, Brie and Ghosts =-.

Kimba December 14, 2009 at 4:13 pm

You did it!!!! Woohooooo!

I dig your new design. It looks fantastic!
.-= Kimba´s last post: A Quick and Easy (and Cheap!) Hostess Gift =-.

Swirl Girl December 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Lovely, like you!
.-= Swirl Girl´s last post: The One In Which She Has To Represent – Revisited =-.

becca December 14, 2009 at 6:49 pm

I love how it looks! I’m planning on making the same switch at SOME point but can’t gear up for it. Can’t wait to hear how you like it… the commenting part of Blogger drives me nuts. I think that’s reason enough to switch.
.-= becca´s last post: No comment =-.

kisatrtle December 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Love the new look. Wish we were drinking wine right now. Hope you stay excited…

Mariah December 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Oh my word! I LOVE!!! I have been so busy switching mine over as well, I haven’t been reading blogs for the past 2 weeks so I didn’t know you were doing it this week. I just opened mine up today:) I love yours. The new pic is awesome. And Tabs…don’t even get me started. I had to cut down and now rethinking how to set them up. Love ya lady!

Crista December 14, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I myself changed my blog because something happened to my old one and now its kaput. I need a whole new design but I suck at it. I’m hoping someone who is good at this could go over and do something about it because I’m going to give away a prize just for doing it!
.-= Crista´s last post: Moved blog =-.

Sera @ Laughing Through the Chaos December 14, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Oh my GOODNESS! I love this so much! And are you smokin’ hot in your new picture or WHAT? This is a GREAT new look. :)
.-= Sera @ Laughing Through the Chaos´s last post: Winner of $25 AmEx gift card giveaway =-.

Nifer December 14, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Kathy, I love your new blog! It’s so fresh and clean looking! And that picture of you is super sexy!

Although, I must also say that I will miss the retro-1950′s housewife look of your old blog. And Blogger misses you. LOL!

Brandie December 14, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Okay so I must say I am feeling deserted!! Just kidding maybe one day I will take the leap and join all you hot mommy bloggers on Wordpress BUT for now I will just stick with blogger and come visit you all! Love the new look! You are a hottie!
.-= Brandie´s last post: "not me" Monday! =-.

Tiffany December 14, 2009 at 8:37 pm

So weird that your comments didn’t come… we got all of ours except the welcome post, which had over 3,000 comments on it.

LOVE your new look.

So chic. So classy. So PRO.

MUAH.
T
.-= Tiffany´s last post: A Dynasty. Really? =-.

Erin December 14, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I so love this new look….it’s so you! If I had as many followers and was as popular as you, I’d switch too!

Molly December 14, 2009 at 9:27 pm

It’s so pretty – just like you!

Kimberly December 14, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I love it!!!!

Aimee @ Ain't Yo Mama's Blog December 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Looks fabulous! Isn’t Wordpress Thesis the best?!? Shannon did a great job for you.

-Aimee
.-= Aimee @ Ain’t Yo Mama’s Blog´s last post: Mental Monday: My Kid Was Suspended for Bullying? I’m On The Case. =-.

tattytiara December 14, 2009 at 10:32 pm

Ooh swish! Lovely digs, babe.
.-= tattytiara´s last post: A title? You shouldn’t have! =-.

gaelikaa December 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Congratulations! Love the new look!

Nikke December 14, 2009 at 11:33 pm

Well I must admit…the new look is great!!!
Can’t wait to read the Blogger v. Wordpress post.
I’ve been hearing different things about each one.
.-= Nikke´s last post: ‘Tis the season to show some appreciation! =-.

Moilly December 15, 2009 at 12:03 am

It looks great!!
.-= Moilly´s last post: CSNbaby.com {Review} =-.

Jenners December 15, 2009 at 6:02 pm

I found you! I always have Wordpress envy but am not willing to pay money to self-host. Perhaps I will make the switch now that you have done so. I don’t have nearly the amount of followers you do so I can see that you would want to protect your investment and have professional help. It looks nice here … and I can see that it might be invigorating! : )

Serenity December 16, 2009 at 2:03 pm

Welcome to the darkside :D That means I can finally once and for all completely dump my blogger profile (that I literally only kept to follow your blog)…woohoo!. I so love having my own domain and working with wordpress. So I hope you enjoy!

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