Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Changes

Ok, so I have a new confession for you....

I really don't like change.

I think I do. In my imagination I see change as new and exciting. But reality is that it's difficult for me to accept change. I like things to stay the way they are.

So it was more than a little disconcerting for me when I began to entertain thoughts of changing my blog. There are some things I would like to do; series I feel led to write and a class/meme I want to facilitate. In order to to do that, some changes need to be made.

To be perfectly honest, I wanted to ignore those changes. I like my blog design. I'm happy with blogger. To be even more honest....I was worried that you, my dear friends and readers, wouldn't like change either.

But I felt a stirring in my heart that I could not ignore. It was time to move forward. It was time to trust God.

Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the desert
and streams in the wasteland.
Isaiah 43:18-19


Through Twitter, God sent an amazing friend, Honey @ Marketplace Mommies, who I discovered was a graphic design and Wordpress genius. As she shared her desire to help moms develop succesful blogs, I found myself opening up to the idea of a blog redesign. She made it sound doable.

Honey has patiently worked with me to redesign my blog. Despite my initial misgivings, I'm very excited about it. The preliminary design looks incredible. It captures my personality perfectly. I can't wait to show it to you!

Now on to the part that I am nervous about....I am switching to a self hosted Wordpress site. I have trepidations about this. As a blogger, who tries to comment regularly on other blogs, I do not like the Wordpress commenting system. I was concerned that you, my sweet friends, would feel the same way.

But I really felt led to make this change. So I have to trust. I have to trust that God will work out all the details. Those details include you. Most of my regular commenters use blogger. I hope you will continue to visit and comment after the switch. Your sweet comments encourage me in my walk with the Lord and inspire me to continue writing about His goodness.

I'm not entirely sure how the change will affect my RSS feeds. I do know that we will wait until the weekend of the 14th to make the official change. I'm taking a mini vacation with a friend and want to wait until I get back to really deal with it. But as I find out more details, I will definitely let you know. Hopefully it will be as painless as possible.

Thank you my friends! Thank you for always being there, for always listening, for always supporting. May we continue to spur one another on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).

Just keepin' it real,

22 comments:

  1. Exciting! I can't wait to see the changes. You will love it... and we will too. We LIKE new things, especially for fall. ღ

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  2. I can't wait to see the new design!! And of course I will continue to visit!! Have fun on your mini vacay!

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  3. Hehe, I'm with you on the not likely change thing. But often change can be for the better. I hope all goes well for your new blog launch.

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  4. I have never regretted the move to wordpress! You will love it!

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  5. Don't worry, I have a wordpress account just so I can comment on "those" blogs! LOL! Everything will be fine.
    Do what God is leading you to do and it will all work out!
    HUGS
    Kim

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  6. I'm so excited for you, Alicia! I know it will be great and I will definitely be following you as I love your posts. :D

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  7. Just came by your site, I looks great don't worry:)

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  8. Yes, I have wondered about changing also. I am too lazy to learn all the wordpress stuff. I will keep reading your posts, make it easy to find them. I will follow.
    kim

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  9. That is awesome Alicia. I will still be around. Have a great mini vacation.

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  10. How fun! Looking forward to seeing what it looks like when it's all changed.

    Have a great vacation!

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  11. I am so excited to see what you've done. And of course I will continue to faithful leave my comment love for you!

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  12. I know a few of our bloggy friends are making the switch....I hope it's everything you want it to be, sweet friend. Have a wonderful time away!

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  13. Be sure to check my blog this afternoon. I'm leaving you something there.
    Weezer

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  14. I'm sure it will all go well! Btw, I LOVE "Wordpress Thread Comments"... it sends an email to the person who comments when you reply. :)

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  15. you're making some of the changes i've been working on. i'm jealous that you've had someone to hold your hand:) my most common response to questions is, "that is beyond my experience." or "i don't even understand your question." i can identify w your attitudes toward change:)

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  16. Psst!! Dear I dont like changes too! But I learned God wanted some changes for me! and I resist! is true! Only we can do is rest in His Hands, I really think this and through the times I saw yes God think this was better for me, but is not easy.
    You are smart, nice and lovely, and love God, all will be OK, huggs! gloria

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  17. Alicia, your new blog design is really quite lovely. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

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  18. I can't wait to see the new changes!

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    http://mimisyearinbooks.blogspot.com/2010/07/desirable-residence-madeleine-wickham.html

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  19. I wrote the opposite this week. I can't wait to see your new look and changes. I am having a giveway this weekend I'll go ahead and enter you because I want all my friends to have a chance. Come by and see me when you get home.
    Hope your weekend is filled with fun.
    Love,
    Sherry

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  20. You will do great! I have a wordpress site and even a non-techy like me can do it! Trust - He will provide what you need!

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  21. Congrats on the new design and move! I think you'll love Wordpress. And there are several different options out there for comments if you don't like the default WP comments (ComLuv, Intense Debate, Disqus). Your RSS subscribers should transfer as well, and even your Google Friend Connect widget can be transferred. Enjoy your move! :)

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  22. You must do what you are led to do my friend!! I will check in on you no matter where you are! :)

    I do hope all the changes go smoothly for you. Also hope you've had a good Summer. Sorry I wasn't around more, but enjoyed my Summer break from blogging. Hugs!

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