The launch of the self-hosted blog

I cannot contain my excitement right now.  Going self-hosted is something I have wanted to do since I first started blogging.  In fact, I even brought this URL almost a year ago.  However, the original web host I used caused me endless problems and I struggled to see my dream turn into reality.  So I’m incredibly please to say that this right here is the very first blog post to go live on my brand spanking new domain: www.aumsome.co.uk.  And with a new domain you also need a new layout and design, right?  Let me know what you think of the new look!

I think it’s only apt that I start with a massive shoutout to thank a company that I don’t think I could have done this without – JollyLeaf.  They are an amazing UK based web hosting company that’s incredibly affordable and just outright awesome!  Frank from JollyLeaf replied to all of my long emails – which were full of stupid questions – with a lot of patience.  He made the entire progress to move from wordpress to a self-hosted domain easy, without making me feel stupid at all.  I was so fed up with my old host that I almost gave up with the whole thing but he helped make the transition a whole lot nicer and easier.  And most importantly, he helped make it happen – which is not something I thought would happen a few months ago.  So I cannot recommend them enough if you are thinking about going self-hosted, they are amazing.

But they aren’t the only ones who’ve supported me in this journey.  I also cannot thank all of you enough.  To each and every single person who has supported me in my blogging journey – from everyone who silently reads the posts to the amazing commenters to those who I talk to on social media to businesses I’ve had the pleasure of working with to once strangers who’ve become friends…  All of you make me love what I do – and I can’t even begin to try and convey how excited I am.  My fingers are literally trembling with excitement as they hit the keyboard right now…  Thank you, for being you.

To thank all of you properly, I am super excited to announce that I’ll be holding several giveaways throughout the month.  All of the giveaways will be stationery or planning related but I won’t tell you too much about them right now, as I am currently finalising them.  I am hoping there will be at least four different prizes to win – which is four chances to win!  And each prize will be a little stationery or planner “bundle” to get you started and allow you to use your prize straight away.  A few of the prizes have been donated by some amazing people or businesses – which just emphasises how much support I get and I’m grateful for every single bit of it.  That’s all I’ll say about that right now but watch this space.  Be sure to sign up to the newsletter so I can let you know when the giveaways are open as they won’t be open for long!

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My email account is up and running once more too.  Drop me an email to hello@aumsome.co.uk – I would love to hear from you, even if it’s just to chat!  I would love to know what you think about the new layout of the blog.  If you have any suggestions for the layout or find any old links, please let me know!  I’ll also be happy to hear any suggestions you have for prizes for the giveaways, I am currently on the look out for more!

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