Tuesday, June 12, 2012

I'm All Official-Like Now


Yep, that’s right.  I got my big-boy britches and everything.

I doubt if anyone has noticed yet, but I bought a domain name for the blog (it was only $10/year through Google, so who cares, right?).  The official address of I Read a Book Once will now be www.ireadabookonce.com, but you can still reach it through the readabookonce.blogspot.com redirect.

I figured this was the next logical step in the whole book blog thing—or, as I like to call it, “a book nerd grasping for legitimacy.”  Thanks to the wife for giving me the push.

17 comments:

  1. Looks nice...more official than your old one. Congrats

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    1. You're sweet to say so, but telling me "congrats" for buying a $10 domain name is kind of like congratulating me for ordering the chicken parmesan at Olive Garden. Not that amazing of a feat, but I thank you anyway. :)

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  2. That's so awesome congratulations. I was so excited when I got my domain name. It's actually up for renewal so thanks for reminding me I need to do that asap. Next will be the move to wordpress I hope you don't feel like killing anything like I did when the time comes.

    Thanks Mrs. Jonathan for pushing on the domain name. Good stuff.

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    1. Is wordpress really that awesome-tastic? So far I've been pretty happy with Blogger. It integrates with all my google accounts, which I find pretty handy. I have been wondering if I perhaps need to revamp my template, but I'd never considered switching platforms entirely. Thoughts?

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    2. It's not required the only thing that you get is the content is yours. You don't need to worry that google decided to delete it or lock you from your google accounts. I've known a couple bloggers who have had that happen to them. But if you are happy then whatever you prefer I'd just recommend backing up the blog once a week or so.

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    3. Good advice! I'd heard of similar things happening... and I definitely don't want everything to go down the tube. I'm going to back up my stuff tonight.

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  3. Oh and come on by for my indie book hop giveaway.

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  4. :) Welcome to blogging puberty I guess! I went through that last month. But it was more horrible as I lost all my followers and had to rebuild from the scratch.
    All the best!

    Do visit!

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    1. Thanks, Amrit. LOL, "blogging puberty" is a great way to put it. But why did you lose all of your followers? Did you switch hosting services entirely? At any rate, it doesn't look to have affected you at all now. I'm always amazes at how many comments you get.

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  5. Awesomeness! So other than the actual domain name change, anything else we should see? Are you able to do different plugins that you weren't before? What was your wife's leading motivator for your own domain name?

    Inquiry minds and all....

    Squeak

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    1. All the functionality remains the same. Really, the only benefit is name recognition and ease of use. Readers can find your blog more easily and remember it more easily. Plus, it makes it a little more official-looking and all. Really, there's not all that much benefit, but hell, it's $10, so I figure, why not?

      As for my wife, she works with a media consulting company as a freelance writer, and the owner of the company brought her on as an "affiliate blog" and bought her domain name for her. It seemed to have helped her, at least. And the media consulting company sure seem to know what they're doing. And I've seen getting a domain name on several "top ten way to increase blog traffic" lists, so who knows?

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  6. What are the advantages of having your own domain name? I haven't thought about getting one for myself, but if there's a good reason to, I may look into it.
    -Ethan
    http://e135-abookaweek.blogspot.com/

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    1. See the above reply under Squeak's post. Basically, it's marginally easier for readers to get to your blog, and it looks cooler and more official-like.

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  7. I didn't like Wordpress and recently gave up on it. I like the way my blogspot blog "looks". Not a consideration for many bloggers. It "looks" even better on my phone. How do you back up your blog? I've heard of them disappearing and I think that might kill me.

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    1. You have probably already found this, but a quick Google search turned up this post, which helped me out. Let me know if you have any problems.

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