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Ta-freaking-da

Billy Joel might have said it best, when he sang “good luck moving up, cause I’m moving out”. Things look a wee bit different round these parts, yes?

It’s moving day!!! I’ve been waiting for this day for over a month and I wanted to tell you guys about 480 times a day, but I didn’t. I didn’t!

After almost four years (FOUR) of writing under the Blogger platform, I finally took the plunge, wrote a check, and puked in my mouth a bit and went to a self-hosted platform.

That’s right folks, I’m a big girl now.

What does this mean? Would you judge me if I said I have NO idea, other than the fact that I am currently broke? The site just went live tonight, and I haven’t even had time to kick the tires (or light the fires, right Goose?) around here. I literally have no clue where anything is stored, or even how to really find a thing. Tech savvy I am not! I know there are still blank spots that say things like “add links here”.

What does this mean for you? Um, not sure on that one either. I do know it will/should be easier to comment (hint hint), and god willing, it will be easier for you to navigate. And now you can find my blog without having to type in “.blogspot.com”, because that was so exhausting! Right? First world problems, huh?

I’d like to thank a few people for their help and extreme patience (you have no clue how stupid I am with this stuff) over the last week or so. My friend Kat, who designed the photo banner and saved me mucho bucks. And Matt Z, at WPsitecare who not only did everything else, but never once made me feel like an idiot.

Even though I was.

He handled everything, and was digitally holding my hand tonight as everything was transferring over. This man needs to be canonized because he is saint for putting up with me. Sample emails from tonight:

Me: um, I noticed that when someone clicks on my Facebook page to like it from the new site, it doesn’t open in a new window thingy which takes people away from my blog page. Can you fix that thingy please?

Matt: I’ll take care of it (likely internal dialog: “thingy”???)

Me: hey, Sarah here again, I can’t believe it’s been more than 32.5 seconds since I last emailed you! I’m sure you’re not busy doing anything else right now, right? So, how’s it going? Does it look good? Does it look pretty?

Matt: You sure have a lot of photos. The transfer is taking a little longer than expected, but things are progressing nicely (likely internal dialog: “damn, this girl is a terrible photographer! Oh, there is a semi-decent photo here…oh wait, that was taken by her 5 year old”).

Me: So, I know you’re like almost done with everything, but can you also add “pin it” and “facebook” codes to the posts so that I don’t have to physically do that each time?

Matt: Sure, I can add some plug ins to make that work for you (likely internal dialog: “I will not punch a client, I will NOT punch a client, I will NOT punch a client”).

Matt was seriously a rockstar, and his help was so invaluable during this process. Thank you Matt! If you are looking to make the leap, I highly recommend WPsitecare. And ask for Matt Z!

Lots of things are going to be tweaked over the next few days (coughweekscough) while I try to figure this whole new place out. Please bear with me (grrrrrrrrowl) as I attempt (HA) to navigate my way in this new platform.

Hopefully it goes semi-smoothly so that nobody has a heart attack ack ack ack ack ack.   Goodness gracious, I can’t believe you guys actually read this crap. You ”otta know by now” that I’m a total loser.

Maybe I can lure you back to reading with a “bottle of red and a bottle of white”?

Where are you going…?

Xo, Sarah

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30 comments on “Ta-freaking-da”

  1. OMG…..love it!!! Congrats on your move to the be leagues 🙂

  2. Your website looks great! So glad you took the plunge!

  3. Woah! I was like hey I was on here at midnight and it’s only 8am, what is this place!? But YAY for you!!

  4. Love it!

  5. I seriously love you. Like, for reals want you to be my BFF in real life. Congrats on the move!!! Beeeeg tyyymeee. 😉
    (Slappa da bass!)
    (Anyone? No? Just me? Okay.)

  6. I am happy for you! Can’t wait to see what you do with this new-fangled site :0)

  7. Looks beautiful Sara! At first I thought I had somehow gone to the wrong blog. congrats on the new site =)

  8. Congrats on the new digs! I’m so stoked I can finally comment on your super awesome blog. 🙂 Wishing you all the clicks in the world!

  9. It looks awesome! Congrats!

  10. very, very cool……the website and you!!! Your blog is the first one I ever bookmarked and it will stay at the top of my bookmark list!

  11. I visit your page every single day and this morning I was like – “Whoa! Did I go to a different site?” . Your new site looks absolutely fantastic! Congrats on the move!

  12. I hope you know how amazing you are and how proud I am of you. This new blog format is going to take you even further in helping people. I love your frugal lifestyle tips and your unique sense of humor! Looks like there will eventually be ads along the side bar to click on?

  13. It all looks FABULOUS!!!! I found you where I always do – on my side bar of favorite blogs!!

  14. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA…I snort laughed at the heart attack ack ack ack ack ack! OMG, this post is the best use of a Billy Joel song in, well, ever!
    Congrats!

  15. Love the new look. Freaked cause I thought I was not on my favorite blog, then it made sense. Good luck and more fart jokes!!!

  16. Thank God you didn’t get rid of the fourth F. I came to your blog for the food, but stayed for the fart jokes….grats!

  17. Congratulations!! The page looks awesome. Reading your blog is like sanity to me. Thank your for all that you do!

  18. I just made the switch myself about 2 months ago. It does take a lot of getting used too! I had a similar conversation with the girl from hostgator. I emailed her, “please tell me what I need to do… even if it seems like something obvious I should already know… I have no idea what I’m doing.”
    Thank God for tech savvy people! Good luck working everything out, if I can get it (mostly) I’m sure you will!

  19. Hellos, love the new site but you weren’t showing up on my feedly feed so I had to hunt you down. Feedly is showing that you only have 2 followers where you used to have 836. I don’t have a blog , and I haven’t a clue how to transfer feedly readers over automatically, but I didn’t know you were moving. You just disappeared. I thought I would let you know because I have been following you for like 2 or more years and I was lost with your homemade Monday and your meal plan! :). Love the new site though!

  20. I’ve only discovered your site a couple of days ago and I’ve done almost nothing at work reading every single post since then! I just LOVE how you write, 12 year old humour, honesty and all. keep going!

  21. I was freaking out for a few days because I hadn’t received any emails about posts. Thinking you must not have posted recently I just went to the site to be sure and was surprised by a completely different look and this post! I am re-subscribed and happy now 🙂 Congratulations!

  22. Pretty awesome. Rock on!