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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Soft Launch.

So for the past few months, I've been slowly working on a general overhaul of everything Tabulous. I revamped the Tumblr, began an about.me page, got business cards(!) and began the slow, sometimes painful process of redesigning and slightly rebranding this here blog with the help of Jacquelynn Buck and @fancynancymer.

And now it's live.

I don't know how many of you actually visit the page on a regular basis and how many of you use a reader or Facebook or whatever, but if you could stop on by today or click through and take a peek, I'd greatly appreciate it. I don't know if there are still bugs or not, so if you have an issue let me know. Also PS, Facebook pages aren't going to allow admins to import blog posts automatically to the pages after Halloween, so now would be the time to add this here blog to your Readers or join Networked Blogs or find some way to get your daily dose of trainwreckery from me. Stupid Facebook.

The biggest change you might not notice is that I joined the 21st century and bought my own domain name. So, welcome to sotabulous.com, the new home of Tabulous. The old address (tabulouslyme.blogspot.com) should still redirect here, and I've found if you have some DNS server issues using the new address, just try the old one and it should work just fine. I migrated the Disqus threads so comments should work as well, but again, if you have issues PLEASE let me know.

Just don't forget to hard refresh to clear your cache so you can actually see the changes. They're pretty epic.

You may not know this, but I'm fairly novice about most of these things, so this really was a labor of love, lots of lost sleep, and annoying tweets to my more knowledgeable friends, and comes with it's own heavy dose of anxiety since, you know, everything could go wrong and I could lose the whole damn thing. I'm not a graphic designer or really that familiar with HTML and code (without Google I'd be completely lost), so I mean, I'm proud of what I've done here. I still have a couple of issues to figure out (like why Analytics is being all crazy when I try to enter it's code into the template code) but I don't think they should effect functionality on your end.

I really want to make a go of this, to be a legit blogger instead of just a hobby or whatever. While I'm intimidated by it, I'm not going to let that hold me back. I have BlogHer in my future, I've started to call myself a writer and say I work from home, I'm pursuing more opportunities, and I'm really trying to take a more proactive approach to this whole aspect of my life.

So welcome to the brand-new home of Tabulous. I hope you'll pull up a chair, grab some coffee, and stay a while.