Let’s Have A Catch Up…

Hello everyone,

I hope you are all well and have had a lovely Easter! I can’t believe how fast the holidays have flown by! It’s been so nice to just relax for the past two weeks and to not think about work, exams and all those things as much! I haven’t done a more chatty post in a while so I thought I would sit down and have a good old catch up with you all because as you can see, there have been some pretty big changes made to my blog over the past few days! Also, I was so pleased to see that you all seemed to enjoy my previous baking post so I am planning on doing more baking related posts in the future! Anyway, you might want to grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy because this could turn into a bit of a ramble…

To start off, welcome to my new blog! Whoop whoop!! Over the past few weeks I had been thinking recently more about my blog and a few changes I wanted to make to it. I have been blogging a year now and I am so overwhelmed at how my blog has grown from when I first started thanks to all you lovely people! I was looking back at my first blog posts that I made last year and although I was cringing at some of them, I’m also proud to say that we have come a long way since then! I really appreciate all your lovely comments that always brighten up my day and I feel so grateful to have so many kind followers!

Moving on from that, my storage was increasingly getting full to the point where the free WordPress domain won’t be enough and I basically couldn’t make anymore blog posts! I knew that sooner or later I had to make a decision what the best option was to go forward and I spent a LOT of time researching this and researching that and I came to the conclusion that it would work out more expensive if I was to upgrade with WordPress and I wouldn’t get as much for my money as to go self hosted which was something I’d always dreamed of, being able to have total freedom and to customise my blog how I wanted and to not be limited with the design etc.

I had read so many people’s experiences about going self hosted, what the benefits were and all those things which seemed to be all positive. All in all, a few days ago I plucked up the courage to make the move and go self hosted which I was SO excited for but also anxious for at the same time as the thought of loosing something that I have worked on for a year would have been be a pretty big disaster!! If a problem did occur though, I knew that Siteground (the web hosting site I chose to host my blog) has so many great reviews and were more than reliable to put my blog into their capable hands! I just felt like I wanted my blog to not change but to be more professional and to be able to do more things that the free WordPress domain doesn’t offer. Although you can pay to upgrade on WordPress, going self hosted is a once in a lifetime thing that you wouldn’t have to do again whereas you would have to keep on upgrading with WordPress. (Let me know in the comments if you would like me to do a blog post dedicated to my experience on going self hosted and all the details about the process as I’d be more than happy to do one as I know I found reading about it helpful when I was going through the process!)

Anyway, with my ramble out of the way I really hope you like my new blog design as I’m over the flipping moon now it (hopefully) looks more professional compared to what it was before which don’t get me wrong was fine at the time but after a year, I just wanted a fresh look and to up my blogging game!

With that little blog update out of the way, I just want say that I am currently doing mock exams and exams at school which means although I will try my hardest to blog every weekend, I just wanted to let you know that if I don’t think I’m going to have time to do a usual beauty review or a post that would usually take me longer to do down to school work, instead of missing out on that week’s post I will do a more chatty post instead so leave in the comments any topics you want me to talk about! As I said earlier, the holidays have been a chance to forget mostly about work/school and to focus more on my blog which I have really enjoyed doing but as it will be back to normality in a few days time, that also means it will be back to revision and all that jazz!

Thank you so much for reading as always and I hope you enjoyed this post if you have made it to the end! Have a fabulous week my loves!

Much Love, Amelia xx

22 Comments

    • April 23, 2017 / 5:44 pm

      Aww thank you so much lovely, I’m so glad you like it xx 🙂

  1. April 23, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    I love the new look of the blog and congrats on going self-hosted!! I would love to see a blog post of how you went self-hosted and your experience! I’m definitely thinking of going self-hosted soon when I have a bit more time for my blog! Also, love the design of the blog- did you have to pay for the specific layout, or did it come free when you self-hosted as I’m totally jealous due to the limited options of the free plan haha! Xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 5:00 pm

      Aww thank you so much Tash as always!! I’m so glad you like my new blog design! That’s great, I’m definitely going to be doing a blog post soon dedicated to my experience and all the details about the process! Although it was very daunting at first, I am so glad I made the decision and have been through the process as I can honestly say it was totally worth the money. It is quite an investment but once you have done it, there is no looking back! Yes, I paid for the Siteground Start Up plan for £2.75 per month but you pay it in one total sum for the year instead of having to pay it each month. Once my site was finished being made, I then bought and downloaded a theme from Pipdig which have such gorgeous themes to choose from and their themes are super easy to download yourself! It took me ages to decide which one I wanted haha. You can choose a free wordpress theme from Siteground but I chose to buy one myself as there are so many more designing options. Awh haha yes, it is so lovely to be in total control of the designing of your blog and to make it just how you want. I was shocked at how many different designing options there were! Hope I could help and thanks for reading as always Hun xx

  2. April 23, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Congratulations on your new blog! It’s amazing and I hope it proves to be even more successful than your previous one as you deserve all the success. I would love a post about your experience of moving to a self-hosted site as it’s something I’m thinking of doing myself. I hope you had a lovely Easter, good luck with your exams lovely!xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 6:45 pm

      Aww thank you so much Elin as always, I can’t say enough how much I appreciate your kindness! I’m so glad you like my new blog design! Of course, I am definitely going to be doing a blog post soon dedicated to my experience and all the details about the process! Having now been through the process myself, I would honestly recommend going self hosted to anyone. Although it wasn’t cheap, I would never look back and I am so much more happier with my blog being able to have total freedom with the design plus a lot more storage!! Thank you so much again lovely, I hope you are well and had an amazing Easter too! xx

  3. April 23, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    i love your new blog, Amelia! it would definitely be helpful if you could write a blog post considering your experience. so excited for you congrats! xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 6:49 pm

      Aww thank you so much lovely as always, I’m so glad you like it!! Of course, I am definitely going to be doing a blog post soon all about my experience and the process of going self hosted. Awh that’s so kind, thank you!! xx

  4. April 23, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Your blog is so pretty Amelia! So proud on how far you’ve come and I can’t wait to see your blog grow! I would love to read your experience on going self-hosted and for chatty blogpost, you could talk about your goals xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 6:56 pm

      Aww thank you so much Najida as always, that’s so kind of you! I really appreciate it, I’m so glad you like my new blog design! That’s great, I am definitely going to be doing a blog post soon dedicated to my experience/the process on going self hosted. That’s such a great idea, I will definitely consider doing that as a future blog post xx

  5. April 23, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Your blog is soooo good, can’t wait to see what is to come!! Xx

    Somachi x

    • April 28, 2017 / 6:59 pm

      Aww thank you so much Somachi as always, I really appreciate it!! I’m so glad you like my new blog design xx

  6. April 24, 2017 / 3:20 am

    It looks amazing Amelia, I’m so happy everything went smoothly with switching over and now you have more space for storage xx

    • April 28, 2017 / 7:03 pm

      Aww thank you so much Sophie as always, I really appreciate it!! Yes, I’m so glad I made the decision to go self hosted thanks to you as it is so worth the money and although it was quite daunting at first, I would never look back. Yes, it’s so nice to know I have lots of free storage space also xx

  7. April 24, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts on going self hosted! You did really good with the new blog, it looks so clean and bright. One day I hope to change to self hosted too, it seems so nice to have that freedom you get. I haven’t been following you for that long, but under the time period that I have done, you have definitely inspired me. You’re amazing at blogging, that’s for sure. (Oh, and sorry if I seem like a stalker liking and commenting on all your recent posts haha). Congrats on the new blog Amelia xx

    • April 29, 2017 / 9:12 am

      Aww thank you so much Alice, that’s so kind of you!! You’ve made my day! Of course, I’m definitely planning on doing a blog post soon dedicated to my experience/the process of going self hosted as a few other people have said they would like me to do one too! Awh I’m so glad you like my new blog design! Yes, it’s so nice to have lots more designing options and to have more freedom to design your blog compared to the limited options with the free WordPress domain. That’s alright haha, I really appreciate it! Thanks again lovely xx

  8. April 25, 2017 / 8:18 pm

    Well done on going self hosted! A dream of mine, loving the new layout gurl x

    • April 29, 2017 / 9:19 am

      Aww thank you so much Dervla, I’m so glad you like it! Yes, I’d always dreamed about going self hosted and now I have done it, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. It’s so nice to have much more choice and freedom with the designing options and much more storage! Although the free WordPress domain was fine for a while, I just wanted to up my blogging game and make it a bit more professional! Thanks for reading lovely xx

  9. April 28, 2017 / 4:57 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your new blog!!!!!!! I’m obsessed😍 xxxx

    • April 29, 2017 / 9:22 am

      Aww thank you so much lovely haha, I’m so glad you like it!! xx

  10. May 1, 2017 / 12:35 pm

    I’d love to hear more of your advice on self-hosting! xx.

    • May 1, 2017 / 8:43 pm

      That’s great, I’m definitely planning on doing a blog post soon dedicated to my experience/the process of going self hosted as it seems like a popular request! Thanks for reading lovely xx

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