For the times, they are a changin’…

2 04 2012

And so is this blog!

Back in 2010 when I started this blog, I really only expected my mom to read it; perhaps a few other friends and family too.  As time went on, other people started stopping by and reading and I began reading their blogs as well.  (Who knew the blogging community could be so cool?!)  Into West Africa was growing and I decided I really liked writing it and chronicling our experiences.

That has led me to today where I tell you that we have some BIG HUGE changes happening around here.

1.  NEW NAME

I started thinking about this way back in November when we were working on the move to Indonesia.  Obviously, when/if we move we won’t be ‘into West Africa’ anymore.  I needed something that would travel with us no matter where we ended up and so I’ve come up with something new.

No, I’m not going to tell you right now!  

2.  A MOVE TO BLOGGER

I’ve really enjoyed my time here at WordPress and it’s generally been pretty good to me so I’m not leaving due to hard feelings however, it has restricted my creativeness a little bit.  I’m ok with computers but I’m not that good and in order to flex my creative muscles over here, I need to know a lot more than I do.  Blogger will allow me to do that so I’ll be heading over there with my new name and address.  

No, I’m not giving that to you right now either.

  (I am really going to miss that map on WordPress though!  Blogger, if you are reading, get on it!)

3.  A NEW LOOK

This one is kind of a given being that I’m changing the name AND moving to Blogger but I want my blog to be a reflection of me through how it looks, not just the words I put on it.  The templates that WordPress and Blogger give just seem a bit too impersonal so I’ve got a graphic designer working on a brand new look for my brand new blog.

All of these changes are coming in the near future.  How near?  I really can’t be sure.  These things take time.  I’ve been working on moving all my posts from Into West Africa over to the new blog and the designer has started working on the new look.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to reveal it all to you!

Until then, I’ll let the suspense fester away.

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9 responses

2 04 2012
Jess C.

How exciting! Can’t wait to see the new changes!

2 04 2012
intowestafrica

Thanks Jess! I’m so excited to see it all come together too!

2 04 2012
Katie

Jay you crack me up! You are right, the blogging world is super cool, and i can waste many hours going blog to blog from people’s side bars. I follow complete strangers – or what were once strangers to me – but now i feel like part of their family …. how creepy is that!?! I can’t wait for the changes 🙂 … (and feel free to add other blogs to your blogroll so i can creep on them)

2 04 2012
intowestafrica

Hahaha – thanks Kate.
(PS. I updated my blogroll last week – did you notice?)

3 04 2012
jeanieross

I can’t wait to see the makeover!

3 04 2012
Ghafla!Guy

Huh! I’ll miss the bits about West Africa! 😦 *commenter runs off to the bathroom to cry*

3 04 2012
intowestafrica

Don’t worry – I’m sure I’ll be writing about West Africa for a long time to come 😉

12 04 2012
Jenna

Blogger does have a map in the stats section under “Audience” – so you’re in luck! I’m excited your moving over so I can follow you on google friend connect 🙂

xxx
Jenna

12 04 2012
intowestafrica

Yes, I did notice that recently! Perfect – no regrets then!

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