So I’ve FINALLY done it. My blog rebrand. It’s something I had thought about for SO long, and I first considered it last year when I was going through a phase of not loving my blog. I just felt like the style was a little bit dated and it just didn’t represent me. At that time I was hardly ever blogging too, and I think that was one of my main reasons why. My blog wasn’t my little ‘space’, and I didn’t love how it looked – which in turn obviously led me to not want to post often.
Let’s have a bit of a story time sesh .. I first started blogging over 2 years ago – and I started off in the fashion blogging world. I’d post OOTD’s and little ramblings of my life – and this eventually got more into beauty and lifestyle. I just seemed to steer away from fashion because I find that side a little bit overwhelming and pretty hard to keep up with. Not to mention having to rely on the weather a lot and with me working full time – wishing my weekends weren’t peeing it down – was HARD. I respect fashion bloggers SO MUCH because finding the time, right location and shooting amazing photos was something I just couldn’t keep up with. But hey you never know – I may want to start shooting OOTD’s again when I’m on maternity leave – maybe like quick outfits for mums or something. The option is there for me and I’m open to anything.
As mentioned, my main focus is now lifestyle, beauty and skincare – and of course pregnancy posts! I’ve found I LOVE the posts where I can just ramble on about lifestyle bits, but also just quick reviews or hauls of some beauty bits. And that’s where my new name ‘Saira Says’ came from – it’s just to the point and is literally a direct reflection of what my blog is. And that’s why I love it – it’s minimal in a way. I found ‘Through The Glitter Glass’ to become quite a mouthful after a while, and there was also no personalisation to it or indication of what my blog was about.
My blog has just grown with me – I’m not the same person I was when I started 2 years ago, and I have a new direction where I want my blog to go too. I always said I’d wait to see if I was going to put the time and effort into my blog before investing in it (i.e. Self hosting/domains/themes etc), and I am so glad that I waited too. I have some really exciting plans for my blog this year that I feel like I have the passion and drive to make happen. And rebranding my blog was the beginning of that – which has just set me up in the right way it should have done. I love my blog so so much, and feel excited to work on posts and put all my effort into it.
Also – if anyone is wondering how I did my whole rebranding – I literally left the whole thing to Pipdig. I was on WordPress.com – and I used their migration service to become self hosted via Social Ground (the service is free if you use their link & buy one of Pipdig’s themes) – and they literally sorted everything out. I chose a new domain name (Saira Says), and brought of of the themes (I love their minimal designs – it was exactly what I was after), and then completed a form online for them in install everything. Within a day – my new blog was set up (!!) – and I could not have been happier. I also changed my Instagram name (although SairaSays was TAKEN so I had to go for SaiiraSays which I am happy with) – and made sure all my links were updated. I am also going to make sure I get any links to my old blog name redirected to the new one – although since changing my links (and having all my followers migrated over too) I’m hoping this shouldn’t cause many issues!
I also want to create categories and maybe even design my own header that I’m happy with. And maybe even get some fancy widgets on there. The world is my oyster right now (well blog wise, lol).
So – Saira Says has now been born, and I am SO excited for you to follow my blog’s journey! I’d love your opinions on what you think of my blog, and also highly recommend Pipdig if you want to to migrate/buy themes etc – they’re legends *insert clapping emoji*