Hello and welcome to my brand new online abode.
It’s taken a little while – it turns out building a website, transferring 129 existing blog posts, editing them, adding photographs, generally dicking about and trying to get the internet to do what I say is quite hard work – but Nothing good rhymes with Charlotte has now officially moved over to WordPress (I used to use blogspot) and onto it’s very own URL – check me out, I’ve got my own dotcom! I think this internet thing could really catch on.
I have been wanting to do this ever since I went to the marvellous Blogcademy last year (which P.S I would strongly recommend to anybody interested in blogging, it is EXCELLENT) but it’s taken me a while to find the time and, to be honest, the guts.
I ran a little survey a couple of months ago, asking my faithful readers what they like about this blog, why, and what more they’d like to see. And I learnt two vital lessons:
1. First and foremost, people are in it for your voice: People decide whether they like you because of what you say and, crucially, the way you say it. I always thought that if I wasn’t writing about relationships and saying my usual sarcastic things about my husband’s inability to PICK UP HIS SH*T then I’d lose all my readers but it turns out that’s not the case. Sure, you want to hear a bit of that (and thank goodness for that – sarcasm is like air to me, without a steady daily dose of it, I fear I may just collapse), but new ideas are welcome too. And that’s very exciting. I will therefore, in addition to my normal observational bits on life and love and whatnot, also be sharing some travel stories, writing up some very amusing dating tales I’ve been told (not mine, I hasten to add. Not dating other people is, like, the first rule of marriage), and generally feeling free to dabble in a wider variety of topics and opinions. I may need to start getting up earlier to fit it all in.
2. People don’t just read your stuff because they like you: I did know this, of course, but it’s always good to be reminded. People are busy, so if they’re going to read a thing, it’s because they enjoy that thing, not just because it happens to have been written by somebody they know/chatted rubbish with once in a bar. It’s important that you don’t just write things because you think your friends will like them – write them because they’re what you want to say. Some people will like one particular post, others will like something different. As long as it’s all authentically you, you can’t go too far wrong.
This was a very useful process all round, and nowhere near as scary as I expected.
I am very excited for the next chapter in Nothing good’s life and hope very much that you will come along with me. If you’re new here, take a little look around, get a feel for the place and feel free to leave me a comment and let me know what you think. You can find out more about me and this blog right here.
And if you’re an old timer, well versed in the NGRWC vibe, THANKS SO MUCH for sticking around. Let me know what you think of the new look and I look forward to sharing more words with you in the days, weeks and months to come.
Strap in, friends. This is going to be FUN.
P.S – AN EXTRA BIG THANK YOU
I owe a huge THANK YOU to the marvellously talented Alasdair Wallace for creating my new blog logo, to the equally excellent Charlotte Mary Rose who took my profile pic, to several other dear friends who have been on hand to give me much needed website building-related advice, and, of course, to my husband, Leon, for allowing our recent trip to New York to double up as an unofficial blog photo shoot and for generally putting up with numerous html inspired tantrums. CHEERS GUYS, YOU’RE THE BEST. x