Drizzle and Hurricane Books…2.0 !

Hello everyone, happy Sunday! How are you? Today I am thrilled to welcome you back to Drizzle & Hurricane Books 2.0. I have fun news to share – in case you missed them, very exciting news!

But first of all, confidence time: being a book blogger is HARD. There are ups and downs, and if I could rant about all of it for hours, that’s not what this blog post is here for. I have been blogging for more than two years now, and hadn’t done one single change in my blogging. Okay, that’s not entirely true. I wrote new kind of blog posts, imagined new features, my reviewing style changed a lot. But my blogging shell stayed the same right from the beginning, and I felt like it was time for a change.

Questions, questions, and more questions

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Before jumping into the dark and scary void, I asked myself lots of questions, and the most dreaded question of all obviously was “WHAT do I want to do with my blog?”. This might have been noticed, as my latest blog posts were dealing with more serious issues, such as monetizing your blog or self-hosting your blog. After having blogged for so long, these questions started to become like dark clouds making me see blogging completely differently. But, the most important question of it all was this. What do I want, really want, out of this blogging adventure ? And the answer here was pretty clear: I do not want to get bored of it. I want to keep it exciting and fun. And for that, I felt like I needed a change.

If self-hosting has its perks, it’s something that big bloggers do, and I feel like I’m still in middle grade. Or maybe I just feel like I am not ready for this kind of commitment. If winning money thanks to blogging certainly has lots of perks, it’s not something I actually want out of this. Or at least, that’s not how I want to look at blogging, for now. So, here it is. All of this rambling for what you are all waiting for. THE CHANGES.

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I bought myself a domain name: I am now thrilled to be ridden of the dot wordpress dot com that made my blog looked a bit less…like I wanted it to look. I mean, drizzleandhurricanebooks.com kind of looks good…or is it just me?

I got myself a brand new design: I was getting tired of the old one, and I wanted to have a cleaner look, I wanted to put my blog posts up front, I also wanted to try and have a more “visual” look with all the images.

What to expect next?

Despite the massive changes, I still maintain this blog how started, and with what will always be at the heart and sould of this: with bookish news, reviews, blogging freak-outs, ya contemporary features, fun tags, writing, and so on. I am also a bit nervous but I will be doing more monthly wrap-up posts to share more about myself – or just ramble more about how I bought once again way too many books. That’s a good excuse, right? More about my WIP. More of Nyx’s Corner. And always…well, me screaming about books, because that’s what we are all here for, aren’t we?

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Obviously I’d love to know what you think about these new changes! What do you think about the domain name? The new design?

Did you ever – do you change your blog design – or other minor things on your blog -once in a while to keep blogging exciting ? Let me know in comments !

 

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101 thoughts on “Drizzle and Hurricane Books…2.0 !

  1. OOHHHH THIS IS THE CHANGE YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT!! Well Marie… I LOVE IT! I really love the new design it’s so clean and wide and aahhhh I love it! โค I'm also jealous with your new url! I want to get rid of my own wordpress.com but I'm still debating with myself hahaha ๐Ÿ˜› anywayyy, I also just changed my header, blog button, and font so I kind of feel your excitement hahaha getting new design is always exciting because though, it makes me want to blog MORE hahaha congratulation for the amazing change, Marie! โค

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    1. AWww thank you, this makes me SO happy (you have no idea how nervous I was about all of this haha). I understand, I thought about this a lot before going in, and I am glad I did – I am not paying too much and I am not self-hosted yet, so…it’s not too complicated for now ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you again โค โค

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  2. Oh, congratulations on the new domain! That’s so cool; I would totally do that if I had the money!

    And, lol, I’ve changed my blog theme three times since I started. I used to have an old banner, no button, old color scheme, old featured images. I like it much better now.

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    1. Ohh thank you so much! I took a WP Plan and it’s not that expensive, though it’s still an investment for the blog ๐Ÿ™‚
      I’m glad you found a theme you enjoy – this is always the hardest part haha, finding something you like and not getting bored of it two seconds later ahah ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I LOVE IT THE NEW DRIZZLE AND HURRICANE BOOKS. It looks so beautiful and professional and go you for taking this step! I think I would like to get my own domain name at some point in a future, but for now wordpress is fine, though I definitely wouldn’t self host because it’s scary. We do have plans to change our design in a few months, but Shar is in charge of that. I have to say that we haven’t made many changes on our blog since we began–we just overhauled the design once, and shifted the focus a little bit as we went. Also, I love that you used the phrase ‘dark clouds’ because you’re drizzle and hurricane books. Yay for the changes around here โค

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    1. Ohh thank you so, so much! โค โค I'm not self-hosting, it's true I did not mention this, I just bought the domain name and changed the design – but self-hosting is a bit too much for now haha.
      Thank you so, so much! I'm excited to see where your new design will take you and your sister ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  4. Hi! I have been blogging for 16 months and this year I changed things up just slightly. My blogs, like yours, evolved as I got more comfortable. You can definitely see a change from the first blogs to some more recent ones.

    Now, I have two new weekly features. I have finished my first YA novel, so I’m posting a chapter a week. I just started this two weeks ago! To finish a novel was satisfying but I wanted someone to read it! Lol.

    I also started a Sunday Commentary blog. Kind of my thoughts on things that week. Could be books, politics, food, sports, etc. who knows until I write it! Both of these new features have scored eyeballs so I guess they’re good? Who knows. It’s all a work in progress!

    I like your blog and the different directions you take with it! How did you decide what to do?

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    1. Aww congratulations on the novel, this is so awesome!! All blogs always are works in progress after all, it would be a bit boring if we never changed things up – or at least, I know I would get bored ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much! I guess it’s gradually changed as I discovered more of the community, and one idea sparkled another, and so on. I go with my feelings and what I want to talk about more at the moment, and it seems to work…for now ahah ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. You already know that I love the new design and the domain ๐Ÿ˜€ I am very glad we sort of took this step together. It was a nerve-wrecking journey, but I feel like we made the right call. Self-hosting would have been way more difficult and I don’t see that many advantages in it.

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    1. I am SO happy about this just as well, and I wouldn’t have survived all of this stress without you for sure haha.
      I agree – I don’t think I would have been ready for this massive self-hosting step, it seems a bit too complicated for now and what I want to do with the blog haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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      1. Hahaha, oh I get it. At the moment I think I’d consider self-hosting only if I can REALLY dedicate a lot of time to blogging – like if it becomes a job or something hahaha. Otherwise it seems way too complicated for me to bother haha.

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  6. Congrats on getting your domain name! I love what you’ve done with the design (I think I have the same theme and I am SO glad you got rid of the silly default yellow highlighting, lol) Your aesthetics are absolutely spot on! ๐Ÿ˜„

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  7. I absolutely love your new design and domain, Marie!! Everything looks super crisp. I love the simplicity of the theme too! It’s super aesthetically pleasing. I really, really wanna change my theme but I’m just not feeling any of the ones available (which is the main reason why I wanted self-hosting haha). Super excited to see everything you have in store for the blogging world this year โ™ฅโ™ฅ

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much Lauren, I am so happy you like it! โค โค I understand this so, so much – it took me SO long to find a theme I actually loved so much I couldn't stop thinking about it haha. I hope you'll find one you like sometime – or make the ones of your dreams someday ๐Ÿ˜€ Thank you so much! โค โค

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  8. Aha I’m so glad I wasn’t dreaming up your new blog design. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And as I’ve said, it looks amazing! โค I'm so proud of you for taking that step to self-host and change up your blog more. Every time I'm tempted, I'm plagued with self-doubts haha. And it's not just you, the .com makes it sound very sleek and awesome (not that it wasn't before, but you know what I mean) much like you! The new theme looks amazing, and I think it's so great that you took this perhaps more scarier step for your blog haha. โค โค

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    1. Thank you SO much lovely, you are SO sweet, and I am so happy you enjoy it. Though I am not self-hosting, I only bought the domain name for now. Self-hosting seemed too complicated for now ahah ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! โค โค

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  9. Absolutely loving your new blog look! ๐Ÿ˜€ I especially love the pictures at the end of the screen. ๐Ÿ™‚
    It looks so professional without the wordpress dot com in the end ๐Ÿ˜›

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  10. I love the new design, Marie! It’s so clean and everything feels so organised. As you can tell by my design, I’m really into minimalism, so your new design is right up my alley! I’m also so pleased for you buying a domain name. It’s such a big step! I really want to buy one but I’m still way too scared…

    Denise | Riot Grrrl Readsr

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    1. Ohh thank you so, so much Denise, I am so glad to hear you enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚ I understand – I was so nervous about it, but ultimately I am glad I did it. It feels more personal and, “myself”, this way ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Congratulations on taking the leap and getting your own domain, Marie! Loving the new look and can’t wait to see more of your posts – I think I’d love pretty much anything you write so I’m excited.

    And yes for wrap-ups that share a bit more about yourself! Can’t wait for those ones. โค

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    1. Thank you so, so much Reg! I was so nervous about it all, I am glad you like it โค
      I am a tad bit nervous about this as well, haha, but writing can be a bit therapeutic I guess and at times I just need to vent haha. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! โค

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  12. I already told you but I love the new version of the blog!!! I’m going for the exact same thing… when the design is ready, haha, I figured I could wait until I got all the graphics. I love the clean look!!

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    1. I am so happy you like it my Sweechie, and once again thank you for the support! โค โค I can't WAIT to see your new look – I hope there will be waffles..? Hahahaha.

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  13. I loooove your new layout, Marie! I’m so happy you’re now able to self host Drizzle & Hurricane Books! I also really like the new URL, if you’re wondering, hahah. This has definitely inspired me to also make some changes on my own blog? Maybe? I’ve mentioned before my struggles with the whole “changing to WordPress” thing and I haven’t decided yet. At least you’re better at making decisions than I am, hahah. I hope you have a fantastic new era with Drizzle & Hurricane Books ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you so much Lais! I’m not self-hosting, I only bought the domain name for now ๐Ÿ™‚
      Ohh well I’m glad if this inspires you! I know it’s tough to take big decisions to change your blog, but if you feel like it’s the right thing to do, and if you can’t stop thinking about it and it motivates you, then do it ๐Ÿ™‚ Thhank you so much! โค โค

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    1. Thank you so, so much Hannah! I’m glad you enjoy it and find it easier. I liked my old theme but had it for too long, and I wanted more simplicity and a cleaner look overall. I’m so happy you like it, thank you!! โค

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  14. Oh congratulations on your new design and domain name Marie. I think I agree with you that your domain name looks a lot better as just Drizzle and Hurricane Books along rather than having the dot WordPress dot com at the end. I really hope self-hosting works out for you as well, I remember your post a little while back and you seemed quite hesitant about it so I guess a little at a time is something that works for you.
    Also I love your new design as well. It definitely fits in with all the other changes on your blog. I really can’t wait to see what you come up with next! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you so, so much Beth, I am SO happy you like it! ๐Ÿ˜€ I realized that I wasn’t too obvious in the post, but I am not self-hosting at the moment, I just bought the domain name for now. I don’t feel quite ready for the big commitment, so I thought I’d take it step by step ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thank you so much! Ohh, what are you thinking about? A design change? I agree, change is SO scary haha I freaked out about this for weeks but in the end I am glad I did it ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. I know I already said it but I really love your blog’s new look, Marie! ๐Ÿ˜
    And of course I love the domain name. It must be so nice to be rid of the WP part of it. I’m getting closer to making that leap myself. My blog turns one next month and if I can swing it I just might.
    I actually changed the design on mine so many times before settling on my current one a few months back. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Thank you so, SO much Melissa, I am so happy you like it โค It is SO hard to find the right design, isn't it? It took me so long to settle on the one I had before, and even longer to ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. Awww thank you so, so much, I’m so glad you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not self-hosting at the moment, I just bought the domain name for now – self hosting seemed a bit too big of a hassle for me at the moment :/ I’d love to help more but I’d rather leave you with more experimented and self-hosted amazing bloggers I loved : Pamela (http://www.reveriesociety.com/life-with-a-self-hosted-blog/) and Lauren (http://seriesousbookreviews.com/guides/self-hosting). I hope both of these beautiful girls can help you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. Marie! I can’t believe I didn’t leave a comment here before! I saw your post on my phone I think, and that’s why I thought I had! Anyway, so much happiness for you! I love how it looks! And I specially love your slider in the homepage. CLASSYYY.

    I love your blog, so keep being awesome!

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  17. I LOVE your new, design, especially the emojis, the less distracting sidebar, and more images! I’m so happy for you and well done! โค โค โค โค โค

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  18. Ahh, congrats on the new domain and lay-out Marie! It looks amazing, I love it already. It’s indeed so clear and visual. I haven’t had any blog lay-out changes yet since I started but your new design inspired me to think about it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  19. AHHHHHH I AM SO HAPPY AND EXCITED FOR YOU! Without the dot wordpress looks SO AWESOME! Plus the whole change up of how everything looks is so wildly awesome and I am loving everything I am seeing at the moment (as if I couldn’t love it all enough already! My heart is so filled with this LOVEEE!) I hope evrything comes along smoothly and that everything is exactly how you love it to be! โค

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  20. I’m super late to this but congratulations, Marie! I think it’s great that you’re changing it up and I really admire you for getting your domain.. I might do that at some point as well haha. I think it’s awesome that you’re making sure your blogging is all you want it to be and I can’t wait to keep reading your amazing content

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