Do You Like My New Blog Home?

You may or may not be surprised at arriving here. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know that, contrary to my nature in real life, in blog land I’m the Queen of Change. Headers, templates, fonts, it makes little difference; there’s often a change when you land on Dolce Bellezza.

But, this time it’s a big one. This time I’ve pointed my custom domain to WordPress instead of Blogger. Why? Because Blogger is, in my opinion, singularly unhelpful in giving customer support. I have been trying to renew my domain since August 3, and I’ve been circling through forums and pages for weeks. I’ll spare you the full story, but suffice it to say I got no where.

I did, however, receive a plethora of anonymous comments because when you turn off word verification every robot in the world finds your site to spam.

Anyway here I am, with a beautiful header of a street in Italy, and if you look closely you’ll see the word “libreria” in the bottom right. What better shop to have in a book blogger’s header than a bookstore? My husband said to please not leave “the laying down woman” off, and so I have added her circle to give us something familiar.

I’m comfortable with this. I hope it doesn’t jar you too much, and I hope to write endlessly fascinating posts soon. But for now, I’m just glad to have a new blog home. I hope you like it, too.

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42 thoughts on “Do You Like My New Blog Home?

  1. I love it all! The yellow borders with the crisp white body for your posts is so easy on the eyes and the header is lovely, making me long for a trip to Italy. I’m glad you were able to include the reclining woman, too. 🙂 Change is good.

    BTW, are you enjoying cooler temps this weekend? We dipped down to the 30s last night, but I refuse to turn the furnace on until October (at the earliest!). It was 58 inside when we ate our breakfast. 40 outside. I think the house has warmed to a cozy 64, at this point. 61 outside.

    Have a lovely weekend, my friend.

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    • Oh, Lesley, trust you to be an encouragement! The header makes me feel as if I’m walking down an Italian street, and I love it for that. Change is good, if it’s not every day. 😉

      I can’t tell you how much I love the coolness we’re having. I still had all five fans in my classroom running through Friday, because it’s a virtual blast furnace, but when I got home to lay on the couch there were all sorts of cool breezes coming through the window. I hope it’s not to cold for you.

      Have a great weekend, Les, and thanks for always being my friend.

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  2. Love the new look. I think it is fun to change blog look in order suit the mood of the day. I tend to change mine around when I get bored with it. Hooe word press works better for you.

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    • Nicola, I can’t remember now if you have your own domain name. If you do, you’ll want to map it to your new blog so you don’t lose any links. But, I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with the change. WordPress is so easy to use, and it manages the spam beautifully. Also, their contact form allows you to receive an answer in 24 hours or less. It’s awesome!

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  3. welcome to wordpress! did the move myself a long time ago. I love the new look, but I agree with your husband that it’s good to have the lady around, it’s now like your signature, easier to remember your blog

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  4. So lovely, and I am glad it is working, meaning I can find the comments button and surf around. I did get the anonymous messages as well, to the posts I subscribed, and it was quite annoying…

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    • I was a bit worries about my friend’s getting lost in the navigation: comments, links, even finding the blog in the first place. But it seems to be straightforward enough. I’m so relieved!

      All those anonymous comments on Blogger came to posts when I turned word verification off. Which I loathe.

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  5. Absolutely Love it! Gorgeous yellow. The white page is so easy to read. Fabulous header photo, and you’ve done a lovely job keeping your iconic ‘reader’ in her summer outfit. Well done on the change. I like a change from time to time also, but I’m still with blogger, so my choices are limited. I look forward to visiting your new place frequently!

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    • Somehow, yellow always reminds me of Italy…perhaps because of the walls and fields and pottery there. It warms my spirit, and I glad you find the white page easy to read. Hope to see you often, Paris in July friend!

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    • There is a bit of a learning curve, Lisbeth. Even though I’m a bit familiar with it from being here before,mim still trying to figure out a few details (like how to manage pictures, for example).

      Doesn’t he header make you feel like you’re actually walking down the street?!

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    • Oh Nadia, you’re always an encouragement to me. If you do change up your blog, I’d love to see what you think of. Although I do like the Simple theme you’re using on Blogger the best of their choices. xo

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    • Lots of people have told me that they’d like to update their blog now, too. For me, a fresh start always begins in the Fall with the start of school; not Winter with New Year’s Day, nor Spring with little ducks and chickens. So I say, “Go ahead!” 🙂

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    • Glad to make it easier for you, Jacqui! I use bloglovin’ to keep track of the blogs I follow so it makes no difference to me what platform someone is on. Do you just “follow” on WordPress? I must admit, their platform is super efficient.

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      • I use the WP platform read and comment on all the WordPress blogs I follow, but I’m still looking for an efficient way to manage the blogger/blogspot ones. Love the look of your new blog.

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        • Thanks, Jacqui. It’s not as book focused (in the header) as your lovely blog. You might like to try bloglovin’. On the other hand, sometimes we can just have too many places to go on the internet! 🙂

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  6. Oh goodness! I thought I had mistakenly come to your old WordPress blog. It was only when I saw the Murakami post that I guessed what happened. Have to agree that it’s much easier to comment and follow you now 🙂

    I do use Bloglovin for blogger blogs, but somehow never get around to actually using it much. I prefer WordPress reader so I am now following you on WordPress.

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  7. Oh no, I missed a whole month of your posts because my Feedly was pointed to your Feedburner link which wasn’t valid anymore. Of course, I wasn’t much in bloglandia either. Love your new look! I think it is absolutely refreshing to spice things up a bit every once in a while. I hope WordPress works better for you!

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