Well, I’ve been maintaining this blog for just over two weeks. Up until now, the blog has been hosted at WordPress.com, where anyone can literally set up and start writing a blog in ten minutes (which I highly recommend if that seems fun to you). Though there’s not much flexibility at WordPress.com, I initially thought it would be fine for my purposes of sharing a few vegetarian recipes and training tips. But the number of visitors to the page and amount of positive feedback have been overwhelming, for which I am endlessly thankful. I’ve decided that in the interest of growing the blog and moving toward the idea of a community, the time is right to move to self-hosting. So No-Meat Athlete is no longer part of WordPress.com.
What does this mean for you, the reader? Not all that much yet. Of course the site looks a little different, and it will probably change a few more times as I try out different themes. Also, you might have noticed that even if you were typing “www.NoMeatAthlete.com” to get to the blog, your browser was being automatically redirected to “NoMeatAthlete.wordpress.com.” Not so anymore; now your address bar should say simply “www.NoMeatAthlete.com.” But most importantly, there are a lot of new features and widgets that I can now add to the sidebar and elsewhere to create a better experience for everyone.
It will take some time for me to get comfortable with the programming required to take advantage of the new customization potential, so hang in there! If, for example, I have trouble uploading a picture or video, a post might be delayed by a day or two. But don’t give up on me; keep checking back! I can promise that within a few days, the improved appearance and functionality of the blog will be worth whatever growing pains there are.
Finally, if you thought I was pushing for comments before, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Now is when I really need your feedback. Let me know what you love, like, and hate about the new format. Make suggestions that you’ve seen on other blogs or are envisioning in your head. Virtually anything can be changed: text sizes, fonts, colors, backgrounds, photos, layout, sidebars, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I’m really excited about what this blog can become, and it whatever that is will be so much better with your help!
And before you get mad that today’s post is just this techno-babble, relax. I’ll be posting last night’s meal, Orange-Glazed Salmon Fillets with Rosemary, later today.