What’s in a name: Why you should move to a custom domain

What’s in a name: Why you should move to a custom domain

Silence is golden, they say, but not so much in the blogging arena. Stay silent for too long and people start to wonder if everything is fine with you, if you’ve moved continents, if you’re fed up of blogging or if you’re too busy to blog. Truth be told I was working on something- something to do with a name, naming someone very close to me, as a matter of fact.

No, no, no, it’s not what you think! I am not bringing another person into the world. This baby I am talking about is the one you see right here. Yep, that’s right; my blog baby who turns eight this August! Can you believe it? I certainly can’t!

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I’d been toying with the idea of moving to a custom domain for a while now and had balked at it for a number of reasons, none of which are relevant or important. Four people pushed me to go ahead with it and today, I am proud and happy to announce that www.momdiary.blogspot.in is officially:

www.shailajav.com
 

Why you should move to a custom domain

  1. It looks more professional. Let’s face it. If there’s a blogspot.com or wordpress.com tagged to the end of your post, most internet users know you’re using the free platform. But a custom domain shows that you are a wee bit more serious about the blogging business than those who blog for fun.
  2. It gives you renewed vigour to keep blogging. Once the shift in name happens, something interesting occurs. Your approach to blogging also becomes more serious. You’re keen to blog regularly, get some visibility and build your audience.
  3. Brands are more willing to work with you. Yes you heard that right! There are advantages to having a custom domain! Brands actually prioritise working with bloggers on a number of things, ranging from page views to social media influencer clout. But one of the key things they check for is whether you have your own custom domain name.

For me, the primary reason to switch to a custom domain was #2. I just wanted to do this more regularly and I felt a custom domain would give me the push. And what do you know? It’s worked! 

I must thank the following people who made this decision both possible and easier.  
 
Vidya Sury, who blogs at www.vidyasury.com, told me last year that I must consider doing it as it helps to build your brand and give you visibility on the web. Thank you, my dear 🙂
 
Aparna George and Tulika Singh, both parent bloggers, motivated me to consider it, because, well, they love me so much, with no expectation in return. I think that’s the best kind of relationship to be in. Love you, my darlings.
 
Sid Balachandran, a fellow blogger and a great human being, took every painstaking effort at guiding me diligently through purchasing a domain, directing me to the custom domain shift, delineating the difference between hosting and self-hosting and was always available to lend a helping hand or a willing ear. Sid, I don’t think a mere blog post mention is enough to do justice to all the work you’ve put in.
 
Last but never least (Yes, I mentioned four, I know) 😉 , my wonderful husband, V, without whose support I doubt I could have come this far in blogging and writing- two things that I absolutely adore doing. Thank you. Life with you has been enriching in so many, many ways.
 
The feeling of typing in your name and watching your baby pop up on your screen is quite simply, indescribable. Last night, V worked on this and within minutes, the site went live and I literally shed tears of joy. Perhaps it’s silly and sentimental. After all, I have just moved it to a custom domain, but I think in life, like in anything else, it feels good to own a little space that you can call your own, where you can get away and feel safe, comfortable and free.
 
For me, that is this space- my piece of Heaven on the web. I hope you will continue with me on this journey as I grow  as a blogger, writer and parent, learning with me, stumbling and picking myself up, wiser and happier as the days and years pass by.
 
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* By the way, I wanted to know, 
 
if you’re here for the first time: What do you think of the site? Do you like it?
 
I love reader feedback so feel free to share all bouquets and brickbats!
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37 thoughts on “What’s in a name: Why you should move to a custom domain

  1. Congrats on the domain purchase. It's always a great thing. So you are not self-hosting? Or are you?

    As for the name, I like Diary…adds a journal element to it for non-parenting bloggers.

    Also, are you planning on a custom domain for your other blog? I think you should!

  2. Congratulations on having your own domain, Shailaja. It really does feel amazing, doesn't it. 🙂 I felt the same way when I bought mine. It was not even my name, but I was beyond excited that night. As far as the name of the blog goes, I quite like the addition of 'Diary'. It just sounds and feels right. That doesn't explain much, I know. But it just does.

  3. Congratulations, Shailaja! Although, frankly, I don't know what a 'domain' is. All I could gather was, that it is a huge step for you, which has given you immense happiness. And, for that I am happy, too.
    Oh, and let the 'Diary' be. <3

  4. So happy to read this Shailaja.. I'm sure it's a great high to type in your name and see the site pop up :). To many more such writing highs for you! You know which one I'm most waiting for ;).

  5. Congrats and I'm so so happy for you! Eight years this August? Your blog and I share the same birthday month 🙂

    P.S: I like the ideas I gave you better 😉

  6. Thank you Sanch 🙂 No, I am not self-hosting just yet. I may do that soon enough though 🙂 Looks like the Diary is here to stay. Not one person has agreed to let me drop it. As for my other blog, I actually have a domain name ready but the problem is I have to pay extra just to shift it to custom domain, thanks to WordPress 🙁 So not keen on shelling out the cash for it right now at least. Will see how it goes.

  7. Okay. This is my 4th attempt trying to leave a comment. And if this one doesn't appear – I'm just going to stop trying!

    Congrats, Shy.
    And No, it's not silly at all to feel all those emotions running through you when you watch your site get transformed into your own little piece of online real estate.
    Thanks for the mention and give me a holler if you need any help. Congrats once again

  8. Fourth time, eh? See, this is what happens when you anger the Blogging Gods in some fashion 😉 Did you invoke my name before posting it the fourth time? That would have helped 😀

    Thank you so much, Sid. I really have you to thank for all the effort.

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