Polls and Paint

Polls and Paint
Well!  I asked for feedback about my blog, and I got it!  Thank you so much to everyone who offered their two cents.  And I am happy to announce I have made my decision.  Ha ha, that’s a lie.  But I have made something.  A quick and easy poll!  I don’t know why I didn’t just do this in the first place.   Please forgive me for being such a decision impaired mental case.
Just to get you up to speed, I’m considering moving Better After to a privately hosted domain instead of blogspot.com. BetterAfter.com would be my first choice, but it costs – at the minimum – $1,000, which doesn’t even count all the other expenses involved. Blurg. 
Here are the choices I’m waffling between:

And don’t you worry, I’m planning to make things as easy as possible for you.  No weird comment hoops to jump through. None of those “Read more after the jump!” links to click on.  I hate that as much as anyone. 
Anyway, this whole thing is giving me a headache, so let’s just look at a lovely little table makeover instead, shall we?  So simple and soothing.  I’m glad Ashley decided to chisel off that scalloped edge. It wasn’t doing anyone any favors, unless you like, needed your calf scratched or something. 
See more on her blog Dirt Stains and Paint.



  1. June 4, 2012 / 10:40 PM

    So, here’s my thoughts (and I’ve been through a name change as well). It depends on what you want your blog to be in the long term. If you are making $ off of it, and want to continue to do so for 5+ years, then I would strongly consider coughing up the $1000. Especially if you can repay yourself with your earnings over less than a year. But do consider that moving will likely cause a dip in traffic and your earnings in the short term. It takes a while for Google to re-rank your blog back to the original authority you created under your blogspot domain. 🙂

  2. Anonymous
    June 5, 2012 / 12:45 AM

    Agree with Wendy Piersall. Either decide to pony up for the domain name (and btw, you can often negotiate the price — my husband just got someone who was asking $600 for a domain down to $350) OR leave as is. All the other options are likely to confuse your readers.

  3. June 5, 2012 / 1:35 AM

    I voted for .net only because I think because you’re thinking about it a change that you must want one. Me on the other hand find my visits here to be perfectly fine the way it is.


  4. June 5, 2012 / 2:20 AM

    Totally pinning this table for inspiration. Love the gray and white with the stripes on the top.

  5. June 5, 2012 / 3:11 AM

    I’m not really an authority on the subject but I would definitely not go with the .net. It doesn’t sound as professional as a .com. And that’s my two cent’s worth!! Kathy

  6. June 5, 2012 / 5:42 AM

    Of course blogging isn’t my livelihood and I am certainly not a business minded person, but I wouldn’t want to give those people that bought the domain name and want you to buy it for so much $ the satisfaction. I think it’s just not a nice nor fair thing to do. I’ve always been told I live in an idealistic world where people treat others justly, and that is sadly not how the business world works. I agree with Wendy P it depends on what you want to make out of it. I personally think it’s not fair, and I would be in the same place of do I just pay it or not. Someone else has my domain name, it’s not fair, but there’s no other way to get it, so what do I do. I also get that having your own domain would push your blog farther. I do agree with not .net. 🙂 But ultimately the choice is yours. I totally did not understand, and still don’t have a clue, all the technical things of a blog! 🙂 Hope your decision brings you some peace about the issue!

  7. June 5, 2012 / 12:57 PM

    I think your blog is perfect but do what is best for you, we will all adapt. Cannot tell you how much I hate “read more after the jump” so thankful you won’t be doing that. Have a great day!

  8. Anonymous
    June 5, 2012 / 2:10 PM

    You have such a good thing going. If I were you (and if I had 1000K) I would buy it. You’ve worked hard to make the blog what it is and it would be awful if somebody else swooped in and took the name. My 2 cents. Good Luck mama!

  9. June 5, 2012 / 3:43 PM

    I really think betterafterblog.com has a nice ring to it! Down with the man …up-charging the betterafter.com domain.

  10. Anonymous
    June 5, 2012 / 6:49 PM

    I would donate $10 to help you with expenses of the $1K costs. I’m sure a lot of other people would, too.

  11. Denette
    June 6, 2012 / 12:03 AM

    Which ever way you go, one of the things I like about your blog is that I could subscribe to get email updates with just my email address. Some blogs need google, netvibes, newsgator, atom, etc. Honestly, I don’t know what any of these things are and if a blog needs it, I just don’t subscribe. Yes, I am tecno- challenged. But whatever you choose, I hope it continues to only need an email address. By the way, same goes to writing comments.

  12. June 6, 2012 / 2:40 AM

    After several name changes and going through this myself, I finally bought thedesignjunkie.net, and kept my blogger but with a custom URL.

    It didn’t cost me much, and then I took a lot of the pain-in-the-ass out of it.

    I love your blog, and I’ll still love it no matter what you do. S’long as I keep getting it in my inbox 🙂


  13. June 6, 2012 / 2:56 AM

    Thank you so much for featuring me!!! What a fun surprise to log on and see my little ol’ table!!! I just love your blog!

  14. Anonymous
    June 6, 2012 / 6:30 PM

    .com ‘s are always better to have as that’s what people always think of when entering websites. Rarely does anyone think of searching for a .net website, at least I never do!

  15. Anonymous
    June 7, 2012 / 6:48 AM

    What about looksbetterafter.com? or better-after.com?

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