Welcome to My New Place!

Well, well, well….  after several several weeks of working with a fantastic WordPress designer named Katelyn at Smitten Blog Designs who was SO patient with me regarding my millions of edits and suggestions….

AND after many hours spent reviewing design ideas and manuevering existing blog posts…

NO THANKS TO CAKE HAS ARRIVED

AT ITS NEW HOME!!

While I definitely grew to love my old place at Blogger, I think this move is JUST what NTTC needed.  I’m also so happy to have a custom design and love what Katelyn and I ended up with.  You guys read my blog and know how particular I am about what I eat… Can you imagine how many questions/edits Katelyn had to deal with??  Phew… She’s a rockstar!

If you’re looking for a blog re-design, I highly recommend Smitten Blog Designs, specifically Katelyn if you need a WordPress designer!

I must admit I will sort of miss that scrapbooky original design… as it was my first real template.  It’s also where I met all of you guys!!!

PS… Does anyone remember the rotating cakes from the VERY first NTTC page??   We’ve come a long way, baby!

CHOOSING A DESIGN

It’s difficult to change your design.  It’s like redecorating your home.  You want it to be reflective of you, and to be cozy and lovely at the same time.

I tried to pick similar colors to what I had used on the Blogger site.  I chose grey, yellow, and teal as my original colors and Katelyn suggested a pop of pink.  Voila!

I love Chevron patterns, so that was an easy addition.  They remind me of my mountains that I see every day.  Still… there was something missing.  I needed something that would show that this wasn’t a baking blog.  Something that made it very “No Thanks to Cake.”

I thought about adding a runner to the page… since this page is mostly about healthy living and weight loss, but I felt like a runner may not be appropriate since I’m so new to running.  Then, yoga came to mind.  We all know that I’ve grown to LOVE yoga… and this “warrior” girl seemed like the perfect pic for my design.  She’s active, she’s proud, and she’s strong.  She’s a WARRIOR.  I kind of like to think of myself as the same.

A NEW ADDRESS

I also took the plunge and decided to self-host the site and purchased my own domain.  Doesn’t that sound so grown up??  So, now you can find your favorite blog at the following address:

www.nothankstocake.com

NOTE:  If you have a link on your blog, use Google Reader, or a bookmark, please update it to this new location so that you keep getting all the updates and redirected appropriately to this new page.  Also, if you’re an email follower – – I suggest signing up for the RSS feed (top right hand corner or the follow button on the lower right)  if you want to keep getting posts delivered to your inbox.

I’ve still got quite a bit of editing to do to get the place spruced up just as I’d like it to be… The longer I waited to publish the more comments I missed out on transferring.  So, I finally just decided to do it tonight!

What do you think?  Do you love it?  Any suggestions??

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Comments

  1. Mely says

    Hello Kelly!

    I love the new look of your blog! The only downside for me it’s that my work has so many filters and it won’t allow me to read anything from WordPress, so will have to wait until I get home. Other then that love the look. You need now some advertisers and you will start making so money out of you blog hobby. 🙂

    Who knows, maybe you end up being one of those super bloggers that makes tons of money out of their blogs. Wouldn’t that be s cool?

    Have a nice weekend 🙂

    • nothankstocake says

      Maybe subscribe to the RSS feed? Top right hand corner… next to the Pinterest symbol. Then it will deliver updates directly to your email. 🙂

      • Mely says

        I might try doing that. It’s kind of funny that someone would feel disappointed because you change blog server. To me if I like a blog, it’s doesn’t matter as long the quality of the writing doesn’t change. 🙂

  2. lin says

    im sorry, but i am dissapointed that you felt the need to change things up….i like the old blog better and hardly visit wordpress blogs….i get annoyed by the whole layout…and all the ads….blogging is something fun for me…and i don’t want to see ads….when tlc went to wordpress it was one of my saddest days…and now a year later it has hit me again….i love your blog and wish you could change it back…sorry but i just wanted to be honest with you….best of luck with your new place….:^(

    • nothankstocake says

      It’s funny… I heard complaints on the blogger side that people couldn’t leave comments, etc. So, I guess neither one is perfect. It’ll be a transition for all I suppose. I hope you’ll stick around. 🙂

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  1. […] When I moved from Blogspot over to WordPress and my own domain, I don’t know that I had the most graceful move.  Because I’d never done anything like this… and because I was so eager to invite everyone over to my new place, I think I jumped the gun in announcing the new site.  I was successful in forwarding anyone who clicks on the old blogspot site over the the new page, but I didn’t give you guys much notice or instruction on how to move.  So, let’s do that now! […]

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