Announcing a new blog

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Is this a good idea?

I’m sure that a more tech-savvy person would have found a neater, more compact way of addressing my needs. I’m not crazy about the hours it takes to move a blog and its contents…going over the dozens of connections the blog has, and resetting them all. Ugh. Also, there’s only so much money I am willing to spend on blogs and hosts and plans that I don’t really earn revenue from.
Because I’m going to be moving around a lot, the next 5 years, I needed a domain name (and associated blog) that could be paid for, up front. I have the money for that now; no idea what my finances will be like once I leave Australia. I don’t want to face a minor crisis every time my domain name or blog mapping is about to expire!

The Smallest Forest is tied up with Google Apps—a brash decision I made 7 years ago, and will forever regret. I can’t figure out how to transfer the domain name I bought to another host. Google won’t let me pay in advance for domain registration that will last 5 years. Also, it insists on using its “Wallet” for payments, so I can’t renew things with Paypal when I’m abroad (and no idea how I’ll pay for anything when my Visa card expires in 2018). It’s all so messy. Oh, what a tangled web we weave!

My new blog is using SKETCH, a WordPress.com theme with full-width images, perfect for artwork and photos.

Besides that, I really love the WordPress.com theme “Sketch“: huge images that fill the screen, just fabulous for the not-quite-but-almost daily watercolour travel sketches, drawings, photographs and videos that I would like to produce more of, from now on. A portfolio- or Tumblr-style blog, without all the blah-blah-blah.

Screen shot of an image post on SKETCH
Screen shot of an image post on SKETCH

What happens to The Smallest Forest? This is still my main blog, and I will do my best to keep it up and running from wherever I find myself. Every time I post an image to schizzograffia, I’ll mention it here, too. Think of it as my photo album or, indeed, my online sketchbook.

It’s good to know that I now have the other blog to fall back on, should TSF prove impossible to manage on the road.

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9 thoughts on “Announcing a new blog

  1. Good luck! (We started our blog with another “provider” and were never happy with the clunkiness of the templates we tried and its functionality. Our WordPress posts do automatically go onto the other one, but we never look at it.) We’ll be “following” you, wherever you go.

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    1. Thanks, Dave & Sharynne! I hope I don’t make a complete ass of myself out there! Ha ha ha.. just spent the whole night reading up on seasickness drugs…because guess what? I’m so violently seasick that I vomit blood. And that was just a short trip. Can’t afford to vomit blood too often on a long haul! Thanks for the lucky wish, I’ll need it!

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  2. Hi Nat,
    I moved from Blogger to WordPress a few months ago. Glad I did. Still have the old blog up. The last post directs folks to the new blog. I know some folks have two or more blogs. Most times all but one fall by the wayside. Just a suggestion, but if SKETCH allows it, why don’t you just add a new page combine both blogs?

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  3. How frustrating! I went through a similar thing, thankfully in the first year that I was blogging. I didn’t have many followers to lose and most of them followed me to the new blog. But it is time consuming and a hassle.

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