Over the next week or so I’m going to be making some changes to the this WordPress site. The biggest change will be that I have decided to invest in my future as a writer and purchase my own domain name – catlumb.com
I’ve been thinking about this for a little while, and it seems sensible to register my own domain name if I am going to continue my ambition to be a published author. After taking some advice (from my techno-whizz of a partner – who has his own web domain hosted by his own raspberry pi (don’t ask!)) I decided to purchase the domain name directly through WordPress.
Apparently this will not only make it easier to adapt my current blog into a fully functioning website with my domain name, so that I don’t lose all the work I’ve already put into the blog. But it also makes it cheaper – as if you register a domain name with an external company you then have to pay WordPress for the privileged of linking this with their existing provision.
Therefore, one of the changes you should already be able to see is that it no longer says ‘nowrittenwords.wordpress.com‘ in the address bar – it should now just be my name, catlumb.com.
I decided on Cat Lumb as oppose to my full name, Catherine, for a number of reasons. The largest because, when I did a Google search for Cat Lumb versus Catherine Lumb more of the unique web hits from the Cat Lumb search related directly to me. They weren’t all connected with writing, but they were predominately ‘me’ – as oppose to the 28 or so other ‘Catherine Lumb’s’ in the UK. Plus, my Twitter handle is also @Cat_Lumb, so it makes sense to link these up and be consistent.
Over the next week or so I’m going to be altering the existing blog into an actual website that uses the WordPress format to include all my posts. The great thing is that all my existing links to the WordPress blog should continue to work, so I won’t lose traffic or any followers through the changing of the web address. I can continue to use nowrittenwords.wordpress.com if I so choose, but catlumb.com will also take people straight to my main page also.
One of the big changes that will happen in terms of the look of the blog will be the alteration of my blog name: ‘The struggle to be a writer that writes‘. As I am now writing (250,000 words in the last 2 years!) I’m going to drop the ‘that writes’ section, so my website will be titled ‘Cat Lumb: The Struggle to be a Writer‘. I chose this because it still encapsulates all of the content I will be discussing – finding the time, motivation and inspiration to write in addition to the struggle to publish my first piece, finish writing and editing my novel(s) and submitting for publication – whilst also summing up that this is a platform for my writing struggles and successes. It also doesn’t step on the toes of existing websites/blogs (A Writer’s Struggle or Struggles of a Writer – which already exist)
The great thing about WordPress is that it provides a selection of existing templates that techno-wary individuals like myself can use to scaffold the basis for a website and still end up with an aesthetic and functional ‘site. As a result, be prepared for some changes as to how the blog currently looks and how it might look as a website, with a blog section.
I’ll be focusing less on the novel in order to get these changes in place, but I won’t be side-stepping the novel rewrite entirely; so you can still expect posts and updates from me as I work on these changes. I’d appreciate any feedback as I’m changing things (so if things don’t work, look terrible or become more difficult for you as a user then feel free to comment), because I’m totally new to the idea of a website so I may make some faux pas along the way.
Right now though, I look forward to taking you on this journey with me and hope that you’ll stick with me while I forge my way ahead. 🙂