Friday, January 25, 2013

Welcome to Princessly Polished!

Elle-Hime is now!

   Surprise, everyone!  I've revamped the blog and given it a new name!  I'm still hosted through blogger so everything should still be working the same and redirecting you from old links, but if you notice any hiccups please let me know!  If you're using a script blocking add-on please add my blog to your "allow" list - I have no ads installed on my blog; it's just so everything looks pretty!

   I officially decided about two weeks ago that I wanted to rename my blog, got the okay from my other half, and since then have been working my meager graphics skills and planning out how I wanted to do things.  Let me tell you, it's very hard as a blogger to keep on watermarking with your "old name" once you've had a new one picked out!

So, why the change?

   I was never fully happy with my blog name to begin with, and honestly had plans to rename it sooner than this, but wasn't sure of what I wanted in a name.  Also, when I first started blogging (almost two years ago now) my blog had a much broader subject range.  I had no idea what to name a budding girly beauty/style/budget blog and so I went with my Online alias.  Soon enough, my posting became more and more centered on nail polish.  I had found my niche!  But I still had a pretty crappy title.  (And pretty crappy photos, but those have improved already!)

   I found that besides being totally mysterious to anyone not familiar with Japanese culture, my blog name was also hard to share with others because of the pronunciation barrier.  I might not always be able to give someone a business card, and I missed a lot of opportunities to share my blog with others because I knew the unwieldy .blogspot domain would have to be down on paper to be found at all.

   So, I wanted a name that reflected the dainty, girl side of my writing.  A name that better announced the main topic on my blog - nail polish! - while still being open enough that my occasional hair care or makeup post won't be out of place.  A website that the average English-speaking person could find whether I hand them a business card or not.

   I chose Princessly to stay true to my girly side, honor the original choice of Hime (Japanese for princess), and Polished for the obvious nod to nail polish while still keeping it open to the other ways that we ladies polish our appearance.  And in this way I hope to define a better focus for my blog, that of holding to the saying "you can tell a lady by her hands".  Pretty nails while allowing the once in awhile variety post.  And Princessly Polished goes well with my "on a pauper budget" tagline, because anyone who knows me knows I love a sale!

   I'm left with the quandary of what to do with all my other social media accounts, most of them named somethingHime for consistency.  I love my Twitter handle for how blessedly short it is - no desires to change that.  I don't have a desire to change all my @ based names; I'll just update the profile information!  For now I'm going to leave them as they are, and I'll be signing my blog posts as Rochelle-Hime to reinforce that yep, it's still me!

What do you think?

   Perhaps I didn't go about it perfectly, but once I had decided on the name it stuck so hard that I wasn't feeling the need to announce it ahead of time or ask for suggestions.  But now I do realize there is one thing I'm still at a loss about.  On a personal blog like this it can be a little hard to start a post.  I mean as far as a greeting goes!  Generally I just say 'hello, everyone' or 'today I'm sharing...', but suggestions for a friendly opening line are welcome.  How would you want to be greeted?

   And yes, I would love to hear your feedback on my domain name change, what you think about it, if you hate it, if you're glad that it's at least something that rolls off the tongue...  Also I have done some simplification to my layout - how is it loading and looking for you?  Thank-you so much, my dear readers!

   Hello!  My name is Rochelle, and as the creator of Princessly Polished, your feedback means the world!  Leave a comment or send me an email.  Thanks for reading... stay polished!

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  1. CAROL HOSTUTLER January 26, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    I guess I should say, this is the Queen Mother here, I am giving the royal nod of approval. Greetings should always be gracious and sincere, as befits a princess, perhaps "Hello fellow princesses!"


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