Welcome to Derbyshire Delights!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Hello! Or should I say eh up?

It's been quite a while, hasn't it? A lot longer than I anticipated, certainly.

You may well have noticed that what was The Weekend Edition has a new name? Welcome to Derbyshire Delights!

Derbyshire Delights, Derby Bloggers, Derbyshire Bloggers, East Midlands Bloggers, Northern Bloggers,

As promised in yesterday's final post on The Weekend Edition (read here, if you missed it!) here's an explanation as to why I've re-branded the blog:

Why I chose to re-brand


Re-branding is something I've been thinking about for quite some time. When Lou and Amy parted ways with The Weekend Edition after writing a few posts and deciding it wasn't for them, I was left umm-ing and ahh-ing about the direction I should take the blog in.

As you may already know, I currently have another blog, Katie Writes - i.e. my 'main' blog. It should take up a lot more time and effort than TWE did, but in the end, this blog ended up costing quite a lot more time and money to run than KW, in its previous incarnation.

The Weekend Edition was marred with technical issues from the off. We got hacked. Our posts got deleted and replaced with mucky content. It was utterly disheartening. Hackers have continued to try and break in on an almost daily basis since the start. It’s stressful to contend with defending your blog daily. In the end, all of these ongoing tech issues led to me resent this blog a little. And it’s quite hard to muster up the effort to write new posts if you regard your online home as a tad troublesome.

I really wanted The Weekend Edition to celebrate all that was great about the East Midlands. I'm a Derbyshire girl, and proud of that fact.

Quite early on, it began to feel that we couldn't do the the entire region justice. It just wasn't feasible. Even though Lou is from a different county within the region, between the three of us, running this as a hobby, it wasn't practical to try and aim for that.

Our focus waned, and we meandered from being a blog about places across the East Midlands to being a lifestyle blog, then to sharing recipes and many more other things. It was just too broad to succeed. We knew we wanted to be a regional blog, but it was a lot more difficult to enforce that than we envisioned. So we threw in a lot of random content, like lifestyle features and recipes that didn't fulfil the remit we'd devised, to fill the place of the stuff we wanted to write but couldn't get around to doing.

Basically, the blog suffered from trying to be everything to everyone, yet as a consequence, it ended up as nothing particularly noteworthy at all.

So, seeing as it's now just me - I want to make this blog a much more enjoyable pastime, to be perfectly honest!

Without boring you too much about all of the techno nitty gritty, TWE was a WordPress self-hosted blog. To any novices out there, that means that it 'belonged' to me because I paid for hosting. Boring, boring, I know. This also meant that it took up a lot more time and effort (and money!) to run.

I decided recently that I had two options: shut down this blog entirely, or make it easier and cheaper to run.

And, despite erring towards the former option for quite a while, I didn't have the heart to do that!

So, here we are...

Derbyshire Delights, Derby Bloggers, Derbyshire Bloggers, East Midlands Bloggers, Northern Bloggers,

...The blog is now on Blogger. Which, to any web experts or experienced bloggers, might well seem like a massive leap backwards in terms of progression, but it feels like the best move.

I came to the conclusion that I couldn't run this blog if I didn't enjoy it. And I can't enjoy it if I'm worrying about hackers getting in via WordPress vulnerabilities, and if I'm paying through the nose for hosting, domains, and regular re-designs.

Blogging, particularly when it's a hobby, should definitely be an enjoyable experience, shouldn't it? Plus, I'm really hoping you'll enjoy what's to come as much as I've enjoyed writing it!

I'm also in the process of changing the social media accounts over and 'rebranding' them too, and I'm hoping to be on the Derbyshire Delights Instagram a fair bit; particularly on Stories when I'm out and about exploring the county. So, be sure to give the account a follow if you're interested!

Derbyshire Delights, Derby Bloggers, Derbyshire Bloggers, East Midlands Bloggers, Northern Bloggers,

Keeping things simple


I want to take things back to basics. I don't want things to feel too 'glossy' like a lot of blogs have become, including Katie Writes.

I don't want to worry endlessly about writing with SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) in mind. I don't want to have to lug my DSLR around on day trips, when a phone snap does the trick perfectly. I don't want to try and overreach myself by conning myself (and you) that I can do it all, when it just isn't possible. I don't want to have to pressure myself to write 300-1000 words, if 100 will do the trick.

That's how blogging used to be, and I'm looking at Derbyshire Delights with old-school blogging in mind.

I am really sorry that this has turned into a Katie Writes-esque ramble... (The irony when I've just gone on about how fewer words might well do...) It's just that I feel the need to explain what's happening to the blog to you fully.

So, what can you expect? New posts! With a heavy focus on Derbyshire. (Clue's in the title and all that.) It's really as simple as that. I'm excited for what's to come, and I hope you are too!

'But what about the posts on The Weekend Edition?'


It's worth noting that I've migrated all of our old posts from The Weekend Edition over, and I've popped them all into the TWE Archive, which you can read by clicking here, if you fancy it!

The Weekend Edition is still juddering along online for now too. For the next few months it'll remain in its current home, but once my hosting is due for renewal, I'll be winding things down. I polished the archived posts up a little bit when I migrated them over here, so you're better off reading them in their new home anyway!

Katie x


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Well done if you made it to the end of this post! It was quite the ramble, wasn't it?

P.S. Would it be ludicrous to use DD as an abbreviation, by the way? Answers on a postcard, please.

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