Changes are a'comin. I need to make some changes to the blog and well, I just can't decide what to do. I'm hoping you guys can help.
Google ranking is pretty darn important to a lot of businesses and being in a new market, with a new business name, etc, well, to improve my rank, I need (notice I said need and not want) to make some changes around here. I've known this for awhile but it's really, really hard for me to face possibly giving up all my archives here on this blog (uhm yeah, I love to hyperlink). My memories, my babies, my family, my days, are right here, so it's kind of hard to let go of. My dilemma though....
Awhile back I purchased a new fancy smanshy blog for Life in Motion Photography. It's pretty, it's new and it allows for BIG images. I loooooove big images! But here is the thing, it's through a different blog company. This blog was originally set up for Giggles-n-Grins Photography when we were in Louisiana. So each hit helps that google ranking, and well, since that business no longer exists, it's pretty pointless. Typepad is a paid blogging service. Not only that, which isn't really a big deal, I love Typepad, but all the images I've posted to the blog are embedded within Typepad and not hosted elsewhere and then linked. This means if I stop paying for Typepad, all those posts and images are gone. If I transfer the blog over, the images won't follow without manually saving and reposting every last one.
So while I'm faced with what to do about that, I'm wondering if it would be a good time to separate out my business and personal blogging. I could have the new business blog be the big pretty one and keep my little old personal stuff over here. I've always felt that my work is intertwined, one depends on the other and vice versa. The two sides are only complete together as I grow and learn on this photography journey. I still feel that way, but from a client perspective, do you think my clients want to hear, read and see that Teagan was attacked by squash yesterday? Hmmmm, I just don't know. I'm so indecisive about this....I change my mind daily. But a decision needs to be made because I just have this other fabulous blog sitting here ready to be put to good use and well, my google ranking isn't getting any better by having the hits to this blog bump the old Giggles-n-Grins business.
I know that I can't let go of my archives, it would be A LOT of work to transfer all the posts and reload every photograph from the last few years. So much work that I'd probably want to hire someone to help me with it. And that's ok, but I need to make the best decision first, and I guess I'm wondering if blog visitors really want to hit two blogs for just one little old me. Is it a good idea to keep everything in one spot, or separate it out? I thought maybe with all the lurkers coming out of hiding here lately, that you guys could help me decide?? I'd love it if you'd post a vote in the poll below and even leave a comment letting me know why you voted the way you did. I can't wait to hear what you guys think.... Thanks!!!!