Welcome back for another round of Smart or Dumb! Smart or Dumb is a series here where I present a financial question I have to my readers. I’ll present the question and you dear readers, must choose definitively one side, Smart or Dumb. You can’t waffle in between or play the devil’s advocate. You pick and then you explain why you’ve chosen this. It’s a game I’ve played many-a-time in my personal life and I love it!
Today’s question isn’t strictly financial but I could still use the wisdom of the internet to make the call.
I originally titled this blog with my full name to create a space for all my writing. As I mention on here, I do write about women in the media occasionally and there are a few other non personal finance topics near and dear to my heart. I intended for this to be my personal blog where I could showcase my writing on a bunch of different topics and house my collected works.
When I became dedicated to paying off my debt, this blog morphed into a personal finance/debt freedom blog. Which in a lot of ways was totally awesome! I was motivated to write about money, I learned a lot about myself and money in the process, I built up a lil community through this blog and have had a blast writing along the way.
As I’m moving forward though, the desire to write about other things is still there. I always wanted to be a writer and I do still think it would benefit me to have a website where I can keep all my writings. I want to write about race, gender, travel, women, media…all distinctly non personal finance things.
I also want to keep writing about personal finance! My frugal journey is a huge part of my life and I love being a part of this online community. I am not giving it up!
So here’s what I’m thinking of doing:
moving the content from this domain name over to another one, one more personal finance-y. I would continue to blog about pf things and frugal living on that site and change the content of this one to writing about my many other interests.
I want people to be able to google me and find this site as a general info and sample page. I also realize that while the cat’s out of the bag for an anonymous pf blog, I would like the blog title of that site to be something other than my name.
Here’s another question for you: how do you feel about the name ‘fromfrugaltofree.com’? It’s what I’m leaning towards for my pf blog.
BUT WAIT! Here’s why all this change may be dumb:
I don’t want to lose the followers I’ve already got on and through this blog. This blog is already linked to all the sites where I freelance contribute too. Of course I can change those links, but I can’t change the impression I’ve already made in the community. Have I already made my bed and now need to lay in it?
What do you think followers? Is this a good or bad idea? Is it feasible? Should I just deal or should I change it up?
Kara Perez is the original founder of From Frugal To Free. She is a money expert, speaker and founder of Bravely Go, a feminist financial education company. Her work has been featured on NPR, Business Insider, Forbes, and Elite Daily.
7 Replies to “Smart or Dumb: Changing My Blog’s Name”
I say it doesn’t hurt – wordpress sites are free, you can always come back to this site later as long as you keep it alive. I have my pf blog and laurenkcampbell.wordpress.com, and I go back and forth on which one I use more.
Also, as far as followers, just making it clear that you’re moving and having a link on this blog should make it pretty easy for people to find you.
that’s pretty much what I’m thinking. It’s not like I have a million followers either, haha. I think it would also be a good lesson in coding and wordpress to move my content and manage two blogs!
When I created a new blog, it was because I needed a change and the old one just didn’t fit my life anymore, and I don’t regret it at all. I choose to stay with WordPress, but made a link on the old site and made it clear that I wouldn’t be writing there anymore. I did lose a lot of followers in the move, but many people followed me over and seeing that made me feel good, like they liked me or something 🙂
Haha I like you! I’m hoping most people will come with me as well, if I make the move. I like WordPress a lot and I use it professionally too, so I’ll definitely be staying with it.
This is one original idea that could be amazing! It’s both creative and thought provoking. You won’t lose me as a follower for sure!
Thanks! I appreciate your sticking around, haha 😉 I’m hoping to do some more writing as the year goes on and I think the two platforms will work well…at least I hope they will!
[…] I recently asked y’all if changing my blogs name and moving the content to a new blog was smart or dumb. I was feeling like my complete name is actually not such a great idea for a personal finance specific blog. As I have other writing interests and want to grow my portfolio in those directions, I was thinking that using this site for those projects may make more sense. I worried though, that switch blog domains would lose me followers and throw a wrench in the work I’ve already done to promote myself and my writing in the personal finance world. […]