Saturday, November 19, 2011

Readers: feedback please!

I am several posts away from my 1000th post, to be exact, I am 18 posts away. When I hit 900 posts, I thought to myself, "wow I wrote a lot of posts, do I keep going after 1000?" This is when I thought I should start a new blog. Besides, since I am no longer a sun worshipper when I go on beach vacations, I thought the name "blarkness" was no longer fitting.

I'm not really sure what to do. I'm going to do up a pros and cons list and after you read it, I would love your feedback.

I will be turning 35 in a couple of weeks. I will get a fresh new start with a newly created blog > I have to redesign my blog and create new sidebars, blog header, etc....

I can change my blog address, title and twitter name > I will have to find a name that is not taken, check blogger, twitter and gmail if the name is available

I can keep all my followers > I will lose all my current followers

I can re-direct readers on this blog to check out my new blog > someone readers might not want to follow me anymore

Readers/followers/people in general know me as blarkness > I would have to re-build all my relationships all over again

Less than 1000 posts > 1000+ posts too many?

I'm so torn between starting fresh and working hard at a new blog or just go with the flow and continue to do what I have been doing (even though blog name bothers me slightly). I would love to hear your thoughts and most of all, would you continue to follow me if I created a new blog? Do you think it's worth all the trouble to see if one blog name will work for blogger, twitter and gmail? I know I definitely don't want to keep two blogs going....

HELP!

14 comments:

Shutterbug said...

i say continue with this blog. it' a lot easier. if you do want, you can still redesign your blog. change up your header, sidebars, etc...

Joanne said...

I'm all about starting fresh. Starting new. I like it. sometimes a little too much probably. I also actually don't mind doing the work for it.
If you really feel that you want to start fresh or feel the need for a change, then I say go for it! I'll definitely still be following you through your new blog/twitter, if you decide to start a new one. :)

inHERshoes said...

for someone who has changed their blog name three times and bought it's own url for $10 from blogger/google, i say do what fits you. heck, i changed my twitter name, too! LOL

i think our blogs evolve as our lives as authors do, so it is appropriate that should we want it tailored to our current lives, then so shall it be. if you get a url through blogger/google, when users type your old one, it'll will automatically redirect it to the new one, you won't lose your old posts, etc. that's what i did.

don't worry about followers, i know, it's better to have some because it makes the experience a lot more interactive, but if this blog's purpose is primarily for you, then it's all about you baby! :)
i am all for change, so if you do all these changes, i am looking forward to it and you can count that i will be there for the next chapter of your blogging life :)

Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) said...

Just keep this blog! I don't see why you would need to start a whole new blog. If you want a "fresh" start maybe look to a blog re-design or format.

Claire Kiefer said...

I think you should do whatever your instinct says, and if you really want to create a new blog, go for it. I would follow your new blog, and I'm sure a lot of your other readers would, as well! You may have to work harder for a little while finding new blogs & readers, etc., but it will be worth it if it would make you happier.

Kathy said...

it's up to you; but if you want a change, go for it! people change their blog/usernames all the time, it doesn't make them unfollow you. your posts will continue to be awesome whether it's written under "blarkness" or something else.

btw, the chances of picking a blog name that someone else is using is pretty high but domain names must be unique. all registrars will check the availability of your desired domain name before allowing you to purchase. mapping your new domain name to your blog is easy since you've never done that before. if you want, i can help you with this stuff. ask away, you know how much i love geeking out. wow, that sounds really sad.

cranberryportage said...

I think you should keep the name of your blog because it's so unique.
Redesign, change color, etc. would be much easier on you than doing the whole works. Unless you can find a new name for all of the 3 (blog,twit,gmail) then go ahead. Sometimes changes are great but there's nothing wrong with just being you.

Girlie Blogger said...

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo! Do NOT change a thing about this blog, except for purchasing your own domain (blarkness.com)

It is so hard building new relationships. Plus, I LOVE the simplicity of your current design.

You can improve what you have, but don't lose it completely.

Just my 2 cents.

http://www.thegirlieblog.com
http://www.geekettegazette.com

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

First off, congrats! That's quite a milestone!!!

I considered changing my blog name (because i think people get the impression it's a celeb gossip blog) but I figured it'd be too hard and confused people so I decided against it.

Lin said...

We sort of talked about this a few days ago so you know what I think...if you need to start fresh then change it.

If you're afraid of losing followers you can always keep this blog, change the name, give it a new look & buy the (new) domain name. It's like changing but still staying in the same place ;)

Marz said...

Ahhh!! Congrats on being close to your 1000th post! That's sooo exciting :) I've actually struggled with this same exact question. When I started blogging I was really into Postcrossing and was just going to use the blog to showcase the postcards I got from around the world. Well now I don't even do postcards anymore! So Royal Mail doesn't really make sense AT ALL and that really bothers me. But so does changing my blog name and URL etc. I even have the perfect name picked out for it (although I haven't checked if it's available etc), but still am too chicken to do it. But that just shows a negative aspect to my personality - I don't really deal with change too well. So I'll be interested to read what kind of advice people will give you. I think whatever you decide you'll have nothing to worry about. I will definitely continue to follow you regardless of blog name etc. and I know a lot of your readers will too! We love to read your posts Leesh :) I've been missing you these last couple of weeks I've been tied up at work and haven't had a chance to get on blogger - I look forward to doing that over Thanksgiving break!

Elisse said...

I'm so proud of you for reaching 1000 posts - that is simply amazing. In terms of changing your blog name, I think it's perfectly fine because it's a reflection of us as people, that we are always evolving and changing.

* If you move blogs, the people who are your loyal followers will go wherever your new space is.

* What's most important is what you want to change your name to - okay, so "blarkness" doesn't fit you anymore, but what does? I suggest looking back through some of your fav posts, your about page, asking friends and family how they would describe you and seeing if a word or quote catches your fancy. Go with what YOU are passionate about and what exudes your personal energy.

** btw, sorry I haven't been commenting on your posts lately - Firefox has been fussy and I've been having trouble :(

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

I restarted with new blogs several times before sticking with the one I have now and I wish I'd just redesigned so I had all my old blog entries.

I say stay with this blog and go for a redesign.

Kasey Lynne said...

Dang girl!! That's alot of posts ;)

I think you should start fresh...why not?!?! It is a hassle AT FIRST, but once you get all of that stuff out of the way, you're good to go. And if you decide to stick with this one, I guess i'll be supportive of that too. I'll follow wherever you go Leesh. And the readers who ENJOY reading about YOU and your life will do the same.