Here's the catch: I know NOTHING about building websites.
My solution? I'm going to learn everything.
Over the past couple of months, I have been connecting with others in the blogging community and learning so many new things. It's been great. I've found so many beautiful blogs with strong visions and I gradually came to realise that I want my own little space of the internet, too.
When this blog began last year with no name and I just trying out something new, I had no idea how much the I would fall in love with it. I have been both inspired and challenged. I have made new friends and I have achieved things I didn't think I'd be able to achieve.
As I started to look into self-hosting my own blog, I soon came across a problem: The domain I so desperately wanted had already been taken.
I was miffed, if I'm being honest. I was annoyed at myself for picking such a 'generic' blog name and thought about trying to change it. I couldn't think of anything. Nothing was really me. But it really came down to the fact that I had named my blog after the little tool I made to help me through my PTSD and it was important to me.
So I contacted the owner on a whim and after pinging a few emails back and fourth she agreed to sell me the domain! I was overjoyed. After a fairly stressful process, the transfer was complete. I owe a huge thank you to Dhiya, who is over at Healing4Happiness with her husband, for being so willing and kind about my request to buy what was hers. I wish her luck in the future for all that she wants to do with her business!
It's been overwhelming. There are quite a few costs involved and I don't know code. But, thankfully, my good friend, Google, was able to provide me some simple html that I can customise. I'm absolutely loving the fact that I am in complete control of everything I do and I'm already feeling pretty proud of my progress.
But it wasn't until halfway through this process that I began to feel challenged about what I should be using my new space to blog about. Particularly with regards to my faith. I've been challenged about authenticity and I have only just begun to understand what that word means. Many bloggers are beginning to pick up that this is so important, particularly with how you portray your online presence, but some are just not getting it. I didn't either, at first. I believe that God wants me to live intentionally and authentically for His glory. If I am to advance His kingdom in a role of leadership someday, then I can certainly start here, with my blog.
The reason why I'm going to self-host my blog is so that I can advance my vision and mission in so many ways. I can make The Happy Journal the place I intend it to be. I want to encourage and be encouraged.
Because I'm starting afresh instead of transferring all my previous posts over, I'm going to be a lot less active on here for the time being. I'm hoping to do a 25 Days of Christmas Blog Challenge as a final send off. I will be still be around via social media and you can connect with me over on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I look forward to meeting you!
Until next time!