Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Website Name: www.craftycattery.com

I've been meaning to get a real (non-blogspot) domain name for this blog for a long time and I finally broke down and did it today. Now the web address matches the blog name!

www.craftycattery.com

To celebrate, I've made a new banner starting one of my kitties (Sophie this time). I was hoping to put both Sophie and Lucy in the photo but couldn't get them to pose together.


You can still get here using the old web address (countingclocks.blogspot.com) if you need to. Why was it ever called Counting Clocks? I started this blog way before I got in to crafting and originally posted a couple of movie reviews and random rants about Dear Prudence and Dante Basco. I'm not sure why I decided to name it "Counting Clocks" then, I think it might've had something to do with liking that Coldplay song "Clocks". I think I wanted to name it "Ticking Clocks" after a lyric but that name was already taken, so I did "Counting" instead. When I decided to start a crafting blog, it seemed like a waste to create a new one from scratch so I just re-named it "The Crafty Cattery" but kept the original URL.

If you've been wanting to get a "real" domain name for your Blogger blog, I say go ahead and do it! Blogger makes it pretty painless, you can get everything done without even leaving the site and they took care of all the DNS pointing and other stuff I didn't understand. If you want to do it, just go to Blogger Help and search for "custom domain name".

5 comments:

Corbyjane said...

Wow, cool! I personally think "counting clocks" sounds really clever, but it's definitely better that it matches the actual blog name. :) If you don't mind my asking, how much does it cost to get your own domain?

Cathy said...

Sure, through Blogger it was $10 a year. I just got an email from them saying that I also got a bunch of other stuff along with my domain name purchase, like email addresses ending in @craftycattery.com. That's really awesome, though it make take me a little while to figure out how to get them set up.

Corbyjane said...

Awesome, thanks! Maybe I'll look into that for Pink Goes Good With Green later on down the road. :)

Cathy said...

A couple of FYIs for things that I have discovered so far. Not major issues, but things people might want to know if they're thinking about switching.

- That handy little icon at the bottom of each post that used to let me edit it is gone. I assume that's because of the website change and not some other blogger issue. Guess I'll have to go through my dashboard to do the edits from now on.

- I use Google Analytics to track the hits on my site. Since the old site is still functional I am still getting hits, but anyone who goes directly to craftycattery.com isn't being recorded. I haven't figured out how to fix this yet.

- I think the change messed up my followers widget because it was giving me an error message. It was an easy fix though, I just removed the widget and put it back in again.

Cathy said...

And now I just noticed that my favorite blogs list has disappeared! I had just finished updating it, how annoying. I hope I can remember which ones were on it.

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