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A NEW NAME & A FRESH START

25 Feb 2018


I haven't blogged in almost 2 months now and the reason is I have completely fallen out of love with my blog. The thing is though, I still absolutely love the idea of blogging and I still want to do it, it's just my blog that's the problem. I have been blogging here at 'Dreaming Again' for almost 5 years and I feel like it's worn out. It doesn't feel like me anymore. When I open it I don't feel like I can speak, I'm just not comfortable. 

I've known for a long time that I want to change the name. I have no idea how I came up with 'Dreaming Again' I've never really loved it but after building up some followers I never felt like I could change it. Over the years I've seen many bloggers rebrand with new names and doing so successfully so that has encouraged me. I knew that if I was going to change my blog name it would have to be to my name, I mean what can feel more like you than your own name. It has taken me ages though to take the plunge as I wasn't sure if my name would work well.
Sinéad is a hugely popular name in Ireland but I am well aware that it's not that well known internationally and many people don't know how to pronounce it. Having a blog name that is difficult to pronounce for many people is obviously not ideal. Also, I love my name and I wouldn't change it but I didn't feel like it was classically 'pretty' or 'sing songy' enough to be the title of my blog. 

After months of it being on my mind I have decided to put those worries aside and take the plunge. Sinéad is my name and I might aswell own it. Afterall, if people like my blog enough they will learn how to pronounce it (it's Shin-aid btw!) I have gone with Sinéad Kathryn because I really love bloggers that use their first and middle name. My middle name is Catherine but I prefer the K spelling so I'm going with that. As soon as I changed the header I knew it was the right thing to do. I have had a lot of fun blogging under 'Dreaming Again' but I am not sad to see it go. 
I haven't changed my domain name/url yet because I'm not entirely sure about the process, I'm going to take my time and make sure I do it right. If anyone has any tips, drop them below I'd appreciate them a lot! It's really annoying because my domain name has just been automatically renewed in January so it's a bit of a waste of money, oh well!

This transition is going to be gradual, I want to get a new blog design too but I'm in no rush with that either, I want to take my time and find one I really love. I'll be tweaking things here and there for a while so sorry if that's annoying if you visit often! 

Don't expect blog posts to be comin' at ya thick and fast just yet either. I will be planning though and hope to be getting a lot more consistent with them!

I'm excited for this fresh start and for things to look a little different around here. I just want my blog to feel like my online home, nice, cosy and comfortable. I hope you like the changes I make and like I said if you have any tips for rebranding I would love to here them! 


Sinéad x

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