New Year, New SITE!

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Well lookie what I’ve been up to! I cannot express to y’all how excited I am to have Fabulously Average 2.0 up and running, and way before my deadline no less! If you’ve been around for the nearly SEVEN YEARS (how is that possible?!?) since FabAve’s inception, then you are well aware that the blog has always been hosted by Tumblr. To be candid with y’all, I’ve wanted to jump ship for some time now, hello SEVEN YEARS, but I’ve been scared. Scared of the change, scared of the leg work, scared of the investment – it was a commitment I wasn’t sure I was ready to tie myself to. But April marks the seven year anniversary of Fabulously Average, so in common-law rules this commitment has stood the test of time and it needed to be validated. And that’s just I did!

The Investment

The transfer to WordPress has been a long time coming but as I previously stated, I was scared. Let’s tackle my fear of the investment portion of the “should I or shouldn’t I” saga. Long story short, I knew that, for the site that I wanted, I would need to drop some money to get it rolling. Now, I do not overtly monetize Fabulously Average. With the exception of affiliated links, I don’t rely on FabAve for any money; if opportunities come to me I usually take them, but its never really been my mission to make money from this site. So any cash going into the blog would mainly be coming from my own pocket, and y’all, I don’t make bookoo bucks and I have two children, so…Anyways, I finally bit the bullet and purchased my domain. However, while browsing templates nothing really spoke to me. I wanted for something that flowed and for something that actively showed what Fabulously Average offered. So I did some digging, reached out to some bloggers and did some homework. And finally I stumbled across the template/feel I wanted but then there was the leg work.

I Am Not A Developer

If this post is too long for you, I think this is a good part to go grab yourself some coffee. Hehe.

Now let’s move on to the leg work, shall we? I am not a techie, AT ALL. Backend blog work always makes me cringe, so the fact that I would need to figure out all the backend fun for a new platform/site did not sound appealing to me. This was probably one of my biggest roadblocks to making the switch. Note, this fear ties to the investment portion of the show. Hiring a blog designer/developer was not going to happen. The quotes I received ranged from $300 to $1500. Um, yeah right! So when it came to picking out a template, I knew I had to find something that would make the installation fairly straightforward. And this site and this post are evidence that I succeeded! I absolutely LOVE my site format! The menu shares everything that FabAve offers, the preview posts give you a sneak at what readers might have missed, and it all just flows. I’m obsessed y’all!

My “Brand”

Other than the obvious changes, hello new URL, you will notice that the overall aesthetic has changed too. The Fabulously Average logo has gotten a small face lift, which I love. However, in addition to a new site experience, I hope that you enjoy the type of content I’ve been sharing and will continue to share her on FabAve. While there will probably always be style posts, those posts will hopefully offer more than just sartorial inspiration. I want all my posts, no matter their subject matter, to tell a story.

Okay, okay, I’m probably boring some of you so I’ll start wrapping things up. There are still a couple of kinks I’m working out, so bear with me, but if you do come across something that is screwy let me know and I’ll put it on my list. Lastly, regardless of how long you’ve been a Fabulously Average reader, I wanted to thank you for your support over the last several years/months/days! I’m happy to be kicking off the new year with a new site and I hope you love it as much as I do!

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