34 thoughts on “Growing Vs. Neglecting a Blog: Comparison Shows a Move is Needed! Join Me?

  1. Congrats on taking the leap. I know it was a well thought out decision and one you’ll not regret. It’s funny, I’m in a full redesign of my current blog along with creating a new business website. So you and I seem to be on the same trajectory. Best of luck to you Lorraine. 🙂

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Thank you, Susan! You have the advantage of having your own tech guy/gal. I’m looking forward to your new site, too! 🙂

  2. Carla Bruns (@RealInto) says

    Good luck on the move! I hope everything words well for you. I moved from blogger to self-hosted wp last year. Perhaps not the best decision ever but I’m starting to learn more and i’ts working out. I hope everything goes smoothly and you grow your blog the way you want!

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Elaine, that’s so good to hear! I plan on doing more “helpful” posts, too.

      If there is anything specific you want to know how to do, let me know and I will make sure I help you. Ok?

  3. Janice Scissors says

    I was able to sign up on the sidebar and now there is a message in the sidebar box that says a confirmation email has been sent. It hasn’t come yet but that may be for one of two reasons. 1. I just signed up and it may take a little while. 2. I was already signed up so it might not send another email. I use Aweber for my sign-ups so I’m not sure how the WordPress.com or Mailchimp works.

    I started out in the beginning with my own site. I think once you get use to it you’re going to love it. There are so many ways you’ll be able to tweak your blog and make it function the way you want. It may seem overwhelming now but there are plenty of plug-ins you can use and all you need to do is upload them and activate them.

    Good luck with it. I look forward to following your progress.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Janice, thanks for commenting. I’m really excited about the new site and have been trying to choose some plugins already. In my mind, I know how I want everything to look and now I just have to bring my vision to reality.

      I’m happy to have you join me! 😀

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      No, and I edited your long comment, as you have probably noticed. No one needed to see that! LOL

      God, I hate technology!

  4. says

    I’m a newbie, too, but I don’t see where I can sign up. I see the box with Join Me in it and the Pinterest button on the left, but I don’t see any widget to click on. Can you give me a hint where it is. I don’t want to miss any of your posts.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Do you see a button that says “YES! PLEASE SIGN ME UP!” ?

      Look in the top right-hand corner of the sidebar. Let me know if you don’t see it, or if it does not work.

      I will be posting again before I move with a new Mailchimp form, so you may want to sign up for the newsletter, too.

      But let me know about the button, please, Jo Ann. If you cannot see it, I’m not sure what I’m going to do… 🙁

      • says

        This is what’s in the sidebar;
        You’re awesome for following this blog! It’s nice to know someone cares…
        You are following this blog, along with 2,129 other amazing people (manage).

        I don’t see where it says Join Me.

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Crap. I wonder what’s going on? You don’t see my Facebook like box either? Or my Goodreads box? Or a list of posts? Nothing?

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      I’ve updated my post with new information and instructions. Let me know if things are better, please! Thanks! Gosh, I hate technology!

      • jr cline says

        OK. I was on an iPad mini. When I got on a computer everything worked like you originally said. When I clicked to sign up,it said something about being awesome for following the blog. It did request an email address. Is that right?

        • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

          Yes, and I think I really need to start understanding how all these different devices work. SIgh. I am behind the times with some things, I guess. But ahead of the times with others. 😉

          I think you are following via the reader, though. No worries, I’ll get it figured out eventually.

            • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

              No kidding. It doesn’t help, either, that I have no experience with smart phones, iphones, ipads, etc. I do have my kick-ass laptop, though, so at least I’m somewhat “with the program” despite my occasional lack of techie skills. The good thing is that I can follow directions and so can self-learn if there is a tutorial to follow, which is how I learned much of my blogging knowledge.

  5. hi lorrain; congratulations on the growth of the blog and having the courage to go from a blog to your own site. I’m sure it is scary especially for a non tech person. I can remember when i went from a traditional website to a self hosted word press site. and I know what you mean about not knowing which posts will get the traffic. its that way with sales. the rides i thought had no chance are some of the ones that got the most interest or sold the quickest. I had my best traffic ever when i wrote the interview post with the owner of that party rental company in michigan. I’ve ben pushing for more interviews since but people are either too busy or not interested. I had great results from my first youtube show but haven’t managed to pin down another good episode yet. i originally hoped to do one every week. but i am still getting started. so the hope is i can have another one before its been a whole month. keep pushing a ahead. tai care friend, max

    • Lorraine Marie Reguly says

      Max, thanks for your words of encouragement. There is nowhere else to go BUT ahead!

      Be patient with your videos; you will get better at doing them as you learn.

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