Back in October, John and I started talking one day; what started out as a normal conversation quickly transformed into a wild brainstorming session about the future of Changing Lanes as a blog and what we wanted to do with it. We loved using it as a forum to keep in touch with friends and family back home, but since we were getting more settled into our every day lives here in California, we wanted to offer our readers more than just an update on our day to day.
When we asked ourselves where we saw the blog in five years, the possibilities were endless. We knew what had to be done to get our blog to the place that we wanted it – but were we up for the challenge?
We were both excited at the prospect of the new blog, but weren’t sure if we were capable of the skills required to build our own site. What better way to find out than try, right? (Since our road trip, the bigger the challenge, the more empowered John and I are to achieve it.) First task was to create the name of our blog so we could buy the domain name.
While at work one day, I was thinking about the content strategy plan for the new blog and just thinking about how I was excited about the blog in general and at the same time was listening to the song that was playing over dt’s office sound system. I started humming along to “This is the Rhythm of the Night” the classic tune by Corona. And as I sang along, one line hit me in Corona’s sultry voice “This is the rhythm of my life”. “That’s it!,” I immediately thought to myself, “The perfect name for the blog is Rhythm Of Our Lives!”
The Long Journey
On November 6, after creating a tentative game plan for building our website and deciding that Rhythm of our Lives was the perfect new name for the re-branded Changing Lanes, we purchased our domain and hosting on GoDaddy.com. We were excited to have made our first purchases, but had no idea really where to go from there. John started experimenting with WordPress, and quickly started learning his way around the site. Each thing we needed to do was a challenge, since we had no prior experience of any sort!
One of the first major challenges we faced was figuring out how to import all our content from not only Changing Lanes, but from another personal blog, as well, Sounds A Lot Like Life. We wanted Rhythm Of Our Lives to house the new content we were going to create, but also be the home for my musings pieces from Sounds A Lot Like Life and the beautiful story of our travels and how we got to California from Changing Lanes. We were able to import the posts using a plug-in, but were sorely disappointed when we realized that the posts didn’t import correctly and we had to manually go through and upload each post’s content and images separately. Needless to say, this was a project that took weeks, but was so worth it in the end. By mid-January, all our imported content was looking sexy on our new site!
Over the course of several months, John and I learned the trials and tribulations of WordPress, purchased a bunch of themes that ended up not working out, became in-tune with the fact that we were both artistically challenged, and hit hundreds of road blocks along the way. We realized after switching hosting twice that GoDaddy wasn’t capable of hosting our site, so we had to switch it a third time. With each new challenge there was a lesson learned!
I realized how thankful I was to work with an office full of designers and developers, when on multiple occasions John or I would struggle with figuring something out for an entire weekend, and I’d go in to work on Monday morning and ask any one of them and have an answer on most occasions in 5 minutes or less. They are all so amazing, and after having worked so hard on Rhythm of Our Lives, I have a newfound respect for what they do on a daily basis!
We hired one of the girls that I work with, Amanda Singleton, to do a lot of the artwork for our new page, and she also designed a bomb “About Me” page. We started pumping up our social media presence and have been getting ready for launch. Our long and hard journey of completely rebranding and redesigning Changing Lanes is coming to a close! We’re so excited to unveil what we’ve been working so hard on!
What to Expect
Many of you will be continuing to follow our journey from Changing Lanes- you can find all that content and more on Rhythm of Our Lives. As a part of our content restructuring, we wanted to bring you something less biographical, and instead, offer you timeless, valuable information. We’ll be focusing on bringing you exciting content to keep you inspired and motivated to lead the healthy and fulfilling life you want to live! We’ll still be keeping you updated on what we’re up to in San Diego, but we’ll be presenting the content to you in a different light – don’t worry, you’ll see :).
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