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February 8, 2012

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Opinions Welcome–Blog/Name Changes

Frustration Station.
I need your help.
I’ve been talking and thinking about changing my blog, but up until now haven’t really done anything.
In the last couple of weeks, there have been some writing opportunities starting to present themselves.
If I were to ‘land’ some of these, I’d have to go ‘public’, because everything is going to be linked back to my blog.  Right now, my blog is like a very messy house and I’m panicking because important guests might drop in any moment now.
First Impressions Count, right?

In order to attract readers and keep them, I think I need to make some major changes:

  • Delete any rants or family-related bitchfest blog postings
  • Change blog name (sob!)
  • Refresh Tagline (what is this blog now)
  • Go back and write travel blog posts
  • Put ads on the page, because this is looking like a possible business op
  • Use our real names
This will continue to be a ‘twin mom’ blog and I want to have my TTC journey on there because it’s a huge part of who I am.  But, it’s not a TTC blog and it never will be again.  It’s about raising twins in NYC.  It’s about living within your means and saving for your goals.  It’s about the quest to travel the world with my wife and kids.  It’s about documenting those travels and (hopefully) inspiring other families to live their dreams.

Because of my tech fears (I’m a complete idiot), I have resisted any changes to my basic Blogger template and have really done nothing to make myself look professional.  I’ve done a small bit of ‘beautification’ now on Blogger, but I am realizing that WordPress is probably where I need to be.
I don’t want to lose my readers and followers.  I don’t want to move.

I love the name of my blog.  But there are a ton of people who are looking for baby puffer fish and wind up here.  I doubt they stay long.  If you are looking for a traveling twin mom or how to raise twins in a one bedroom or what to do with kids in NYC, you’re not likely to do a search for baby puffer fish.

It’s scary and sad to think of ‘shutting down’.  This blog was my baby and it helped me through the hell of TTC.  Without this blog, the support and the friends I’ve made here–I don’t know that I could’ve done it without you.  You kept me going when I was down and out.

My babies are growing up and my blog needs a make-over (frankly so do I, but one thing at a time).
Finding the right name.  Creating a brand.
Big Stuff.

I haven’t had to use this part of my brain in a very long time.  Apparently this has me a bit stressed because I’ve started to grind my teeth at night, my jaw has started to click and I’m wide awake at 4:30am.  Lovely.
I have one week to decide, do it and get it right.  No pressure.

If anyone has any opinions or suggestions–I’d love to hear them!  Thanks in advance.