I moved my blog to WordPress , first impressions

July 15, 2018


Onlydecolove cacaoIt has been a very busy summer for me already, one of the most noticeable for me and for you was the change of course of the theme of the blog, but as I mentioned earlier I actually moved my blog to WordPress from Blogger! I am already quite happy with the change, WordPress is offering many more tools that Blogger does ( regarding SEO , insights, easy integration of plugins ), really in all honesty my experience so far is that it is superior in every way. Of course it takes a little bit of getting used to so please excuse my posting schedule, but it is going to get better and better as weeks go by and I get used to the new platform.

Onto the technical stuff, I used a service to move my blog from blogger , the same that provided with the theme called Pip Dig and the theme I used is Opulence. I have nothing but good words for Pip Dig and the service, the only thing I had to do was provide with some information and after a few days my blog was completely moved without any hiccups, while there was no downtime time. I am not self hosting my blog so I can create a custom theme for the blog, and this is exactly what you can expect in the next few months. I will share more details as  I am ready to launch , but for now I think the theme from Pip Dig looks quite nice!

Impressions and why I decided to move my blog to WordPress

1. I own my blog now

Blogger is owned by Google, and while it has been reliable ( and most importantly free ) , the blog technically does not belong to you, it belongs to Google. And whenever Google seems fit, they can take it down without even a notice. I did not want to loose access to my blog, but most importantly I needed the tools that WordPress provides for self hosted blogs, so the change was necessary. I now use WordPress as my hosting provider but the domain and the site are mine.

2. I can create my own blog and custom theme

As I explained above, I am on the process of launching my own custom website/blog, and this could only be done in WordPress, since WordPress is an open source software you can easily extend it to add new features.

Even if you are not interested in a completely custom theme , WordPress still wins in comparison since it provides with thousands of well tuned themes for any kind of website. My personal issue? There were almost zero plugins for Blogger, and even worse, the ones that existed were so outdated and not including social media etc, something so basic these days!

The only downside I have seen really is that of security, since Blogger is backed up by Google I never had to think about it, but now I will have to make backups of my blog on my own. I am using a plugin to backup my blog automatically on my Dropbox every week, it is easy to set up and honestly it is not even a problem for me. Here are some options if you are interested however!

All in all, I couldn’t be happier for the move, even though I miss seeing the overall views old number on Blogger ( hint, it was millions since I’ve started it and I couldn’t be prouder!)

If you have any questions let me know in the comments below, I ll be more than happy to answer anything that might help you make the move!

 

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima

 

 

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Do you feel pressured to post perfect photos on Instagram?

March 18, 2018


Do you feel pressured to post perfect photos on Instagram? 

Yesterday I made an instagram post ( photo below) that was quite unplanned, a shot that usually would end up with the Oslo filter on my insta stories, instead found itself on my feed. There is nothing extraordinary about it, other than for me it is an irregularity. Unlike my usual content ,this one is neither styled, neither if fact edited. It is however shot with my DSLR camera which produces very beautiful photos under correct light and adjusted settings, and everything in the photo is arguably quite photogenic on its own. Let me put aside any questions of if this unstaged moment was staged, it wasn’t. Through everyday actions it turned out as you see it , I was taking photos and testing settings when I turned the camera to the table and took a series of this shot, mostly to put on my instagram stories. Of course I framed it , one of them was too bright, turned down ISO, another was blurry, but this one was ok. I am not sure what made me decide to put it instead on my feed, it looks ok but by no means is it perfect, it is also unedited. I have felt lately however my inspiration draining, I wrote some time ago that one of the hardest things is to be creative on demand for continuous periods of time. For a long time I have tried to be more kind to myself and post things I don’t necessarily think are perfect, after all I love when others share candid moments! I am sure I am not the only one feeling this pressure, even though I love unstaged moments, I find it hard not to “correct” something when I shoot even my everyday moments. Lets call things by their name, for example, all the “flatlays” you see on so many instagram accounts of course they are all staged, some look more natural, some look hilariously bad, either way, all of them are not what you would call, real life. And of course we want to put forward our best days, our best selves, of course we want to put forward what we know people will like ,comment on. The pressure is not hurting me, but it is affecting my creativity. I am not sure how I am going to tackle this but, for now, I can promise you that 1: I will be posting more of candid moments not just on stories but on my feed as well, and 2 : I will be posting more photos of what I love or find beautiful , even when I know most people will not like or won’t comment on ( like the all dark one above). Hopefully this will make for a better experience for me when it comes to my posting, but also it will mean that I will get back to healthier levels of creativeness. Food for thought.




// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Birthday Girl

March 10, 2018


Yesterday it was my birthday, and by far, it was the best one yet. I woke up to beautiful flowers ( from my husband) while later all my amazing friends in Oslo surprised me with balloons and sushi dinner at my place. It was the sweetest gesture, I was so very touched and once again, I was reminded how lucky I am to have them in my life. I am keeping the balloons all through the weekend, and probably as long as they will last, after all why not, waking up and walking in the living room makes me feel amazing while they are still there. Birthday weekend! A huge thank you to my most amazing friends, Elisabeth, Line, Emilie and Linda, and to my sweet husband for successfully keeping this a secret and arranging the surprise. I feel like the luckiest girl alive 🙂

// Photography and Styling by Katerina Dima


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Mondays

January 29, 2018


I have been under the weather the last few days and with so many things to be finished before Stockholm design week I can feel the pressure of time already. If I haven’t answered your email yet please forgive me, I am trying to prioritize but work almost always gets first in line. Being the stylist, photographer, editor and PR manager for my company all in one person can be quite overwhelming somedays. If I haven’t mentioned it I really should hire an assistant, and the days that I have little time I feel it the most. I do realize that I cannot do everything however, taking some hours off during the day the best medicine. Lighting a candle ( new favorite from Diptyque the 34 collection which was created for their 50th anniversary ), is one of my go to relaxing methods, there will always be candles lit in my apartment regardless of the season. In fact one of my everyday routines is right after I get up from bed to go around and light some key position candles in the apartment , mainly bedroom windowsill , kitchen table and bathroom. Do try it, not just for the feeling of hygge, but you will immediately notice your mood change. 

I have a very busy week ahead along with preparation for Stockholm design fair, if any of your attend and recognize me do say hi!



//Photography and editing by Katerina Dima



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