Sunday, June 29, 2014

My New Website

I've made the decision to start a photography website that will allow me to do some things I cannot do with a blog alone. This post will be my attempt to explain what's going to happen in the simplest and briefest way possible because I know not everyone is interested in the technical side of things. If you wish to stay with me at the new site you'll want to read this because I'm leaving Blogger.

Right now I have this blog, a separate portfolio, and photo galleries at several different places like Flickr and 500px. Everything is disjointed. My new website will have all of that in one place. I'll have galleries, an integrated blog, and the ability to sell prints, photo books, and products featuring my photos. Everything will be under one roof.

I am currently using a custom domain name for this blog. A domain name is the address for a website (also called a URL). A couple of years ago I bought the domain and began using it as the address for this blog. Blogger allows you to plug in a custom domain to replace the default address of your blog. The original address for this blog is and my custom domain is basically masking that. I want to use my domain name for the new website so I will be transferring it to the new place. That means this blog will revert to the default address of

I mentioned I am leaving Blogger. The new website has a built-in blog so I will no longer be using this one. I am not going to delete this one, but intend to keep it as an archive. Because I am not going to be using the Blogger platform, it's important to read the following information if you want to keep up with posts at my new blog.

When the change becomes effective, will automatically take you to the new website. If you visit this blog, I'm guessing you already have that address bookmarked or use it in your blog roll. The new website will have a simple menu where you can find the link to my new blog as well as all the other stuff. 

Here's the really important part...because I will not be using Blogger, you will not be able to follow my new blog using the Friend Connect feature and my new blog posts will not show up in Blogger's reading list. In order to keep up with my new blog, you will need to use something like Bloglovin', Feedly, or another RSS reader. There will be a RSS subscribe button on the new website. If you use Bloglovin' or another reader that allows you to enter a specific blog address, this will be the address of my new blog -

I will still be blogging like I do now and I will still be visiting your blogs. That isn't changing. I just won't be using the Blogger platform. It's really no different than the folks who use WordPress or some other platform. However you follow other people who don't use Blogger is the same way you'll be able to follow me. I stopped using Blogger's reading list a long time ago and have been using Bloglovin' to keep up with everyone. Before I stop using this blog I will be updating my Bloglovin' list to make sure I'm following all of my regulars.

So here's the down and dirty in short form...

  • New website:
  • New blog:
  • Posts on my new blog will not show up in Blogger's reading list
  • You can bookmark my new blog address, use Bloglovin', Feedly, or another RSS reader
  • This blog will still be here, but will revert to the original address of

My intention is to move my domain name to the new website by mid-week at the latest. Since the technical stuff doesn't always go as planned, that's not a hard and fast timeline. I want to leave this up for a couple of days before I move the domain name so people can see it.

I've enjoyed using Blogger for the past several years and I know there are aspects of the service I'll miss, but I need to have an actual photography website that allows me to do things I can't do here. I'm sure I'll lose some people and, while I hate for that to happen, this move is something I need to do. As I said, I will still be blogging and participating in link-ups just like I have been. I hope you'll still visit me even though I won't be part of the Blogger crew. If I've made anything confusing, feel free to email me,, and I'll try to clear it up.


TexWisGirl said...

Good for you! :) We'll be there!

Debbie said...

i liked the down and dirty in short form and i am pretty sure i get it!!

will you be able to participate in link ups???

and good luck and best wishes, this sounds perfect for you!!!

oh and i'll be there as well!!!!

Saun said...

Hi Brian, I will be there I know I haven't been blogging as much lately . But I do look at everyone's pics. I just don't always comment. I've been busy busy busy this year.

Your friend Saun

Beth said...

Good luck!!

Carole M. said...

good luck with the transfer Brian; I've jotted down the new link.

Roan said...

I'll be there!

Mary Hone said...

Good luck. I just rebranded and moved. It was a lot of work but well worth it. I follow you in feedly already, so all should be fine.

eileeninmd said...

Congrats, Brian! I am sure your new website will do fantastic.. Your photos are always amazing!
I will be bookmarking your new website. Have a great Sunday!

Felicia said...

Best of luck Brian. Will still be following you. said...
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Blogger said...
Oh I have tried to take away my name

To have Carolann

I have been trying for months to take off sparkle.

The system here Bloggers is not allowing me to do so. They say I have to have permission from whoever and when I ask they say third party. I get Google Chrome asking me to change. I did months ago change as Microsoft is finished. So have know other choice to use Google. So Brian good luck. I will try to follow you again. I am saving this blog you wrote. Your photography is the best.

So many people ask me who am I.Why am I Sparkle and some cant email me. I have it up.
They say I have two different names. Bloggers change it when I tired to rectify it to the one. The so I can see youtubes. How confusing.

One seems I have know control .

I tried to email you . It says Brian Function disabled with this emai.
So your will be off but your email you said to email you reads Function Disabled.
That is what happens to me.

So wrote all this here.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Awesome! I am excited to see your new adventure. I'll do my best to figure out how to keep visiting you!

Montanagirl said...

Sounds like the right move for you. I'm still in Alaska right now, but your info will be waiting for me on my computer when I get back. And Good LUCK!!

Ida said...

Okay I think I understand the changes and hopefully will be able to follow you. I already do so on Bloglovin but it's easier for me to follow via E-Mail so you might consider adding that function on your new site if it's possible. One way or the other though I'll find you.

Nancy J said...

Best Wishes, Congratulations, and I'll be there, too right. This new website sounds so like you, and I'm sure we will see super photos as always. When they are for sale. will this be in print form only, posted by ordinary mail? There are some of your previous photos I would so like to purchase, or maybe new ones not displayed yet. International postage?? Hope this might be a yes!! Cheers, Jean

Gail Dixon said...

Sounds like a great plan! I will continue to follow. You know I'm a fan. :)

Grandma C said...

Got my hiking boots on.. I am ready for your new adventure.