I got the itch to ditch The Bawdy Book Blog name a long time ago. Perhaps some of you remember my attempt to switch to nerdhuffing.com last year, which I guess technically went well until I discovered lots of people couldn’t reach us due to “huffing” in the URL. Thanks, you glue sniffers! So I migrated back and decided to sit on it for awhile and think about what we should become. I sat on it for about a year. Eventually I decided I needed to give it another go, because Bawdy was just…terrible. We needed a good name that encompassed reading and shenanigans but didn’t refer to any particular genre, since we all have different favorites. I gave up trying to come up with something unique, and turned to a name generator online. I apologize, because if I could remember which one it was, I’d post it, but I didn’t bookmark it so it’s lost to the internet universe. It took me and that damn generator hours to come up with a suitable name. After landing on BookShelfery, I decided it was cute and playful, so I socialized it with Jessica, Kristina, and Amanda. They all said yes (Amanda took a little persuading, but caved when I delivered the tag line!) and that night I purchased the domain. Guys, that was in JUNE. Nearly three months ago. Since I was planning my wedding at the same time, I knew I didn’t have the time to dedicate to migrating. So the domain sat. And sat. And sat some more After returning from Mexico, it was the first thing I was itching to do! Except…migrating is hard, y’all. Very hard. When a blog has several years of content and media, it’s BIG. Every method I tried failed. I was ready to crawl into my closet and bury myself under my clothes because nothing I was doing was working (even after consulting message boards and various Facebook groups), so Jessica’s husband stepped in and worked some miracles! Her hubs spent a whole week moving the content over, because it was also failing on him as well and he had to restart several times. The bonus is that he migrated us, including our sign-ons, plugins, etc, so it was an exact duplicate of The Bawdy Book Blog! All I had to do was go in and make design changes. It didn’t end there, however. I still needed to make changes to the name in the settings, clean up my plugins, re-vamp some widgets. I was running into weird problems, like the Yoast SEO plugin was duplicating the page name in the browser header, my menu links pointed to the old URL, and probably a few other issues I’ve already blocked from my memory. So currently, we are rocking the Tweak Me theme by Creative Whim, which is still my favorite theme. So now we just need to think of what we want in a design… if you have any designer suggestions, please let us know in the comments!
What do you think about our new name? And have you ever thought about switching domain names?
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