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Thank you all for your support this week with the big migration from Blogger to a self-hosted WordPress. I really appreciate your kind words, emails letting me know what is broken, and you taking the time to update your subscriptions.

Seriously. It’s too much.

I’ve been getting some questions regarding the big move, so I decided to answer a few questions here:

 

Who did the design?

Kara of I Just Might Explode is “my designer” and she’s the one who patiently worked with me to create the new Campfire Chic logo (see the bottom of this page) and the overall design of the site. She’s amazing and does great work. If you’re looking for a redesign or want a more cohesive branding, Kara is your girl. She also recently worked with Amy on the Lemon & Raspberry redesign.

 

Why did you decide to move from Blogger?

To be honest, I should’ve made this move a long time ago. Amy’s been telling me all the good things about WordPress for a while, heck, she even wrote a guest post on why you should move to a self-hosted WordPress from Blogger for Campfire Chic. She’s a big fan of WordPress, if you can’t tell. We also use a self-hosted WordPress for 30 Days of Lists (registration¬†is open for the March 2013 challenge!). I knew I wanted a new design for Campfire Chic and figured it was a good time to make the big move.

 

How did you get your subscribers to move over?

I haven’t been able to find a sure-fire way to make sure everything carried over, but I made sure to put up a blog post on the old blog with information on how to update subscriptions, a Hellobar on both sites, updated some social networking sites, and sent out an email blast to my newsletter folks…I’m looking at the stats for that email right now, and it looks like about 60% of those emails were opened. Better than nothing! Also: Feedburner is telling me that I’m only about 10 subscribers away from the number I had with the old site. Not too shabby. It’s still early :)

 

What other changes can we expect from you?

I already have plans for a way better Campfire Chic newsletter. The next one will come out next week, so be sure to subscribe now so you’re able to be the first to read it. I also have plans for some blog posts that will take our blogging in the right direction, and I may or may not have an ecourse brewing that will be along the same lines. I plan on talking more about climbing, yoga, and hiking. I feel like I don’t share about these huge parts of my life enough here. You can expect more adventures this year — yes, even ones that include campfires! And finally, you can expect some talk about what I’m trying to do to be brave this year.

 

I think that covers most of the questions I’ve been getting!

Do you have any other questions?

Have you ever moved platforms or blogs? I’d love to hear some advice!

 

New to Campfire Chic? Be sure to add this blog to your RSS reader and check out previous “About Kam” blog posts. While I’m waiting for my old links to redirect, you may end up on the old Campfire Chic blog. Just a heads up :)

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  • Katie Smith February 14, 2013, 8:24 am

    I love the new design!

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    • Kam February 14, 2013, 10:08 am

      Thanks! Kara did a great job with it, I’m so excited about it!

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  • Rachel February 14, 2013, 10:03 am

    I was reading this in my google reader and decided it would be a better experience on the site. I love your new look, especially that adorable logo. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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    • Kam February 14, 2013, 10:10 am

      Yay! I’m so happy you decided to hop over and check it out! I, too, read most of my blogs in a reader (Reeder for iPhone, to be exact) and I feel like I’m missing out on the beautiful design many times.

      By the way, your post about Angel is totally killing me! My boyfriend hasn’t really sat down to watch Buffy so we’re making our way through that right now…I think we’re on season 2 or 3 at the moment. I can’t wait for us to start Angel because I didn’t give it a proper chance. Your post really has me dying to get started :)

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  • Dayna February 15, 2013, 1:38 pm

    Your new logo is SO cute!

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    • Kam February 28, 2013, 11:02 pm

      Thanks, Kara did a great job :)

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  • Will @ Climb On! Products February 27, 2013, 10:21 am

    I love the new design and I am also a huge fan of starting off easy with Blogspot but moving to a more permeant solution.

    I have a few constructive comments

    1. I personally like to see the post date somewhere besides just the URL.
    2. Upgrade those comments – there are awesome comment system like Disqus and Livefyre that make it super easy to comment and provide much higher levels of interaction.
    3. Why not link your newsletter in the HelloBar instead of the RSS feed – or better yet create a “subscribe page” with many options.

    I’ll be sure to send you the bill for my services! Kidding, happy to help and I love, love, love the new design but the color scheme most of all is rocking. It has a very fun but polished look.

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    • Kam February 28, 2013, 11:07 pm

      You’re too funny, Will!

      1. I’m playing around with the post dates because linking to “old” posts can really turn readers off before they even read the content. Consider this the slowest A/B testing EVER. Maybe the bottom of the post will be the next test.

      2. Ugh, YES. I tried to import all of my Disqus comments over (GREAT service) but it does not seem to ‘get along’ with the theme I’m using. I’ll find something. You recommended Livefyre, you use it for your personal blog, right?

      3. My first 2 weeks were migration weeks, so getting the RSS above the fold was important to me. At the time of my launch, my Blogspot was still getting more traffic (typical) so I wanted to really highlight the RSS feature. The newsletter isn’t as strong, yet, but it’s there now :)

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