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Moving my blog

Right, so in case you didn’t know, I am going to be an attendee at the inaugural Australian Bloggers Conference which is happening here in Sydney next month. Its an incredibly exciting event and hopefully the start of great things in the world of blogging here in Australia.

Its also been a source of some confusion for me, you see I never set out to become a “blogger”. I just wanted an easy way to share photos and stories of my baby girl when we left the UK over four years ago. But then slowly blogging became a lot more than just an online diary and I started to make friends.

I am still fairly incognito in the blogging world, I don’t comment that much and when I do, I don’t usually leave my website details. Its a kind of shyness as well as a sense of self-preservation. My blog has been a place for me to write about my children, my family, my private life – all directed at close friends and family, not internet strangers. But there comes a time when some of those internet strangers became friends and now the lines are blurred.

So, in thinking about the conference and meeting so many other bloggers, some of whom I follow and comment on, some of whom I know in real life, some of whom I idolise and can’t wait to meet, I think its time for a change. I would like to be able to proudly share my blog name and website address and be happy passing out my contact information without having to go into an awkward explanation of why I don’t advertise myself, or join in blog carnivals, or count stats and subscribers.

To cut to the chase, I am going to move my blogger blog over to self-hosted wordpress blog and I need your advice. I know that some of you who read here have done this and I would love some advice and suggestions about how to proceed. I am not afraid of the move, I mean I set up and manage my photography business website on wordpress and that wasn’t too complicated but some of my more specific questions are:

  1. I already have a user name and log on for dreamhost where I host my business website, should I just add another domain hosting package and free domain registration there to make managing both my personal and business site easier?
  2. what domain name should I go with and should I use www or not?
  3. where should I host my photographs going forward for using in my wordpress blog? Currently every photo I have ever uploaded to my blogger blog are stored on picasa, do I need to use flickr or not?
  4. what theme should I pick, there are so many that I just can’t make a decision, should I purchase one or just start off using the free themes offered?

And thats just for starters. So, if anyone is willing to help and offer some suggestions, I would be most grateful!

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