February 28, 2016 by Beth
- 2007 – 2008: Started playing around with blogging. My avatar was animated and my websites were cartoonish!
- 2009: My first real blog, Carpe Diem, was living on Blogger. It wasn’t pretty, but I was starting to find my voice and style.
- 2010: The idea for The Little Magpie was starting to form. Fellow blogger Jasmine Banks helped me move to WordPress.com. I was intrigued by the process and started digging into what goes on “under the hood.”
- 2011: Launch of The Food Adventuress. The process was a giant, fun experiment for me – I was hooked and started to build basic sites for others. This is also the year we debuted the Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference!
- 2012: Launch of Magpie Marketing, a home for my consulting work.
- 2013: Design refresh for The Little Magpie.
It’s been fun, and I’ve learned a lot from those early, very choppy sites while defining my niche and sweet spots along the way.
- Why: More freedom from self-hosting, access to plugins and a hidden bonus: vastly improved traffic! More from Michael Hyatt on this here.
- How: Can be done easily yourself, but I opted for a WordPress guided transfer, which took about 72 hours.
- Why: Keep distinct designs & URLs for other sites, one management hub.
- How: After lots of vetting, I found the amazing Michael at Type 3 Web Design in Bentonville. I truly cannot recommend them highly enough! They are incredibly fast, affordable and an absolute delight.
- Why: It was high time to match the voice of The Little Magpie – developed over the past five years – with a distinct vibe.
- How: Purchased a custom Genesis theme (Sassafras) from the Hello You Designs shop on Etsy, which is an incredible tech design hub! I also have a new logo to reveal… more on that soon!