Making the Change – Upgrading to a Private Server

Well, after a long period of intending to do it, it’s finally happened. Today I have managed to make the transition from to and it has certainly been a process full of surprises.

But making changes is always exciting. And especially upgrading. I spent the last few days ironing out glitsches that were popping up all over the place and regrouping all the work I had done so far, creating new categories more in alignment with what I am doing now.

And I firmly set intention that I would pick a date and launch, regardless of whether or not everything was ready. Because I could go on and on, playing around with things, refining them, adding details, changing my mind as I go. So at some point I have to just let go and go for it. I see room for improvement but I will do that while I am running now.

It feels as if my goals have come a bit closer through this whole process. It has been about tidying up. sorting through, getting focus and continuing to reassess, looking honestly at what has been working and what hasn’t.

This new site has a completely different focus from the last one in that my silk artwork has now become a much smaller aspect of what I do. It is still there, still on offer, but is no longer the hub around which everything else revolves.

The big change is that I have begun to make my voice heard in many ways. There is a big return to the coaching and teaching which I have always loved and this will be an integral part of what I do now.

I always  have mixed feelings when I make changes in my life. Because it is a time of letting go, but letting go in gratitude. And I do feel great gratitude for where my art work has brought me. I have come to the realisation though that I have accumulated a great deal of excess baggage in my time as a silk painter.  I always laughed about the huge amount of space I needed due to the piles of equipment and supplies I needed.

So now it’s time to reduce my baggage, lessen my load and stop finding excuses for carrying so much around with me.

I shall continue to sift through what I no longer need and make space for the new. Embracing change is very exciting as you never know what is waiting around the next corner.

On a final note, I’d like to ask all of you who have subscribed to my blog until now, to do this again, as the changeover means that we have to start all over again. You can do this up at the top right of the page. I’d love to have you on board.

And while you’re here, perhaps you’d like to share with us what changes you are making in your life right now. How does it feel to be making a transition? I welcome your comments.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Those of you thinking of making the change, you’ll be pleased to hear that WordPress now offers a complete service to do the move for you for $99.  WordPress transfer service

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46 Responses to Making the Change – Upgrading to a Private Server

  1. Fiona, what a wonderful thing to learn and share. Seth Godin talks about the need to ‘ship it’ when referring to getting your product out there…looks like you’ve got the hang of it. Congrats.

    Darcie Newton
    Discipline for profit, none for jammy zins or creating memorable necklaces

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks a lot for sharing that with me Darcie. Shipping it…I like that. Intending to continue shipping my products as they appear.

  2. Yvonne Hall says:

    I’m just at the beginning of my SoMe journey and learning from those of you who have forged ahead. Thanks for taking us along with you on your journey.
    Yvonne Hall

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Yvonne, lovely to meet you and just find your own pace. We’re all on the journey but have different focuses along the way. Excited to see what unfolds for you.

  3. Fiona,
    I love the new site. Clean and fresh! What a timely post! I am getting ready to make some changes also, one of which is to move from blogger to wordpress. I am also working on launching something new and beyond any expectations I had when I started blogging two short months ago. Letting go is good. Thank you for the reminder. I’m trying to figure out if I need to hold on to some of what I have created or just let go and start fresh. Something to seriously consider. Good luck with your new focus, Fiona! Sounds very promising!

    Carrie Hansen
    Studio C Interior Design

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks a lot Carrie. Just go with your gut feeling as to what you take with you. Sometimes just taking a deep breath and letting go works wonders. I’m intrigued by your new launch…And your changeover will be great when you do it. It will symbolise bigger things to come. All the best!

  4. Donna McCord says:

    I am very impressed with what you are doing, Fiona! I am kind of clueless about the difference between and as I have always let someone else handle that technical stuff for me, so I think it is amazing that you know all about how to do this and create such a beautiful space to share your story and talents! I feel as though I am reaching a place where I am ready for a change but not sure yet which direction it will take me…my daughter will be graduating from college in May and be even less dependent on me and her dad; I am reaching retirement age and thinking a lot about recapturing some of my passions and interests that have been on the back burner over the last 20 years or so! It is inspiring and encouraging to see what you are doing and also so many of the other wonderful people I have met here on Blogger Monday! I know there is purpose in me being part of this group!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Donna, thanks so much for your comments. To briefly answer your question, is a free service and everything is provided for you. The disadvantage is that you have no say in what it looks like. is a private server. You select a basic theme and then build it from there, deciding what you want and where you want to have it, size, colour, shape, etc. So there’s a lot more creativity and flexibility. You pay for the service.

      There is so much change in the air, isn’t there? And it’s exciting to see what everyone else around us is doing. It fires us all up, doesn’t it? Our connections are so important and everything has a deeper purpose. Looking forward to seeing where we all go.

  5. Lisa Vitale says:

    Fiona I too am starting the process of the switch (well I’m thinking about it anyway), and it’s a bit overwhelming. I like the idea of just setting a date and going for it.

    It’s also interesting, and now obvious, that going thru this change has also made to reassess and makes some changes elsewhere in your life and work. Interesting…and I think part of the reason I’m finding it a bit overwhelming to get started, excited though as well.

    I’m sure you will always see improvements to be made, but the site looks beautiful, love the colors. I think I may do mine in green and pink. 🙂

    Lisa Vitale

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for your comments Lisa. One of the reasons I really held back was the size. When I was tidying up I deleted a number of posts and there were still around 100 left. Unfortunately I had to leave behind the ‘likes’ as they couldn’t be transported. These changes always go hand in hand with other things. Just going ahead helped me to break through resistence in other places too.

      Glad you like the site and I’m looking forward to seeing yours in pink and green. 🙂

  6. Fiona – I too just upgraded, although I have yet to put the change into ACTION! I shall keep an eye on you as you progress for inspiration. Thank you!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for your comments and support Debbie. Glad to inspire and looking forward to seeing how you take action soon.

  7. Hi Fiona,
    Love the tulips – my favorite flowers 🙂 Welcome to – good for you! I especially love the part where you just set a date to launch , regardless of any imperfections and letting go in gratitude…lovely!
    Brandy Mychals
    Speaker, Author, Communications Coach
    Creator of Split Second Perceptions

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      The flowers are lovely, aren’t they and go perfectly with the colour scheme. I’m really focussing now with things and setting dates really helps. Glad you enjoyed this and thanks for your comments.

  8. Pat Zahn says:

    Fiona-I love the change and know you will be much happier. The good thing about WP is that you can change things along the way with little fuss. I love the green and purple, my two fav colors! I also love the cleaner look of your site. It feels like you are moving in a direction that is more in alignment with who you are and where you’re going, so congratulations!

    Pat Zahn, Photo Solutions Superhero

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Pat and thanks for your comments. Green and purple just feel completely right for me now. And great to hear that feedback that everything is cleaner and more aligned. Thanks again.

  9. My favorite color – purple. Well done on making the change, you won’t regret it. As for change – my head and soul is a whirling dervish of change right now and, as I talked about in my latest blog post, I’m taking up meditation to cope with all the change – and you have helped with that immensely Fiona.
    Louise Edington
    Finding YOUR Freedom

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks a lot Louise. All this change is a sign we’re alive and kicking and growing in the process. I’m so glad I’ve been able to help with the meditation and hopefully I can get the first recordings done very soon now.

  10. Fiona I really like the look and feel of your new blog. Letting go is such an important piece of moving forward. Thanks

  11. Congratulations on your new site (don’t you love and even moreso on the progression in your life story. This new site captures so beautifully your steps forward, and your blog post brings us along with your thoughts. I totally love the colors (you are making me think of colors!), and I’m mesmerized by that beautiful photo.

    So much is to come for you, I know!

    Judy Stone-Goldman
    The Reflective Writer

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Judy, many thanks for your comments. I’m glad you resonate with the colours. That photo was chosen to match the colour scheme as you probably guessed. It’s so much fun to share the process with others as we are all basically on the same path, aren’t we? As one takes a step, we all do.

  12. Fiona – you have such a beautiful way with words and I love the way you describe the transition. The new site is beautiful and I know that you will be successful in your new endeavors! I like your idea of lessening the baggage…sometimes we all need to do that.
    On my way to subscribe to your new site! as we say in Judaism – Mazel Tov! Rachel

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks so much for your comments and support Rachel. I really appreciate it. Yes, less baggage from now on. And I’m taking steps every day now to get there.

  13. Hi Fiona,

    Congratulations! Your new website looks wonderful. I can detect some reflections from your former site as well as be surprised at so many of the new features. Progress is in the air these days, and you’ll hear people say that if you pause to stand still, you’ll soon be two steps behind. Some things hardly change (Since the mid 1970s, I’ve made a living going to parties), and some things are brand new every day (totally awed, I’m trying to keep up with all the developments in Social Media).

    Looking forward to the progress on your website.


    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Robbie. Lovely to have you on my new site. Yes, there are familiar aspects and new ones. Everything continues to evolve, doesn’t it and it’s important to keep up with it all. I have more ideas for this site and will tweak away at it in the weeks and months to come.

  14. Ah, the ever dreaded life change. It’s all about the attitude you have while you’re going through it and you seem to be facing your changes with a tremendous about of grace. Most of the time it’s the anticipation of the change that causes the most anxiety. Then when it actually happens we wonder, “So what was the big deal.” I remind myself, when a corner is about to be turned, that I’ve been here before (sort of) and not only did I not die or befall any tragedy, in the end it was good, and sometimes wonderful.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks Kristin. I can think of so many examples in my life where changes were imminent and as you say, the anticipation was literally killing me. Afterwards I felt so relieved and wondered what the fuss was about. And the growth I experienced was so worth it. I find change exciting.

  15. Congrats on the new launch, Fiona! The site looks terrific — clean & easy to navigate.

    Life is a constant series of change and transformation… the trick, for me, is going along for the ride without a struggle!! Enjoying the ups & downs, floating on the waves of change 🙂

    Continued success to you!
    Heidi & Atticus
    “commentary to give you paws…”

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks so much for your support and comments Heidi. Yes, going with it and enjoying the ride is so important. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  16. I always take a deep and refreshing breath when I read your posts or watch your videos. It has been a pleasure to be on the SNCC path with you. I will click on subscribe as soon as I post this comment! Hugs

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      JuliAnn, it’s so lovely to know you and I appreciate all your support and comments. Sending a big hug back to you too.

  17. I love the colors here – I painted my living room lavender one time I just loved it. It’s so funny people freak out when a house is painted with colors that are not neutral . I am making changes in my corporate training business. Preparing for a possible international move for 4 years and consequently changing the focus of my business to social media marketing. I learned a long time ago if your current space is filled up you have no room for your future. Looks like several of us are making room for a new future. Exciting.

    Lisa Ann Landry
    I’m an exuberant force of light… Come light up your life

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Lovely to hear from you Lisa. Your changes sound very exciting. ~A move abroad is huge and exciting. Yes, if everything is full, we just can’t bring in anything new. All the best with your new projects.

  18. Looks great Fiona! I love purple:) And, I am learning to love green too (you’ve affected me). Change is good. I feel like we are all a work in progress and as long as you are putting one foot in front of the other, moving forward, you are heading in the right direction….no matter how long it takes to get there! I am new to all of this, and have been working on my site too, I went with .org to begin with because I didn’t want to deal with the switch over on top of the SoMe learning curve…lol! You’ve done a fabulous job and are inpsiring each time I read your posts. I look forward to seeing more here…and learning from you. Wishing you all the best with your new site and your new endeavors!

    Rita Brennan Freay

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks so much Rita. Yes, just go for the private server right from the start and then you don’t have the worries of switching over. Mine was already 2 years old. Glad to hear you’re inspired by the post. I’ll look forward to seeing your new site too.

  19. Fiona,

    how pretty!! What a beautiful job you have done, I am truly amazed. Congratulations, this is a great step forward, yes you’re right, we’re on this journey together and I love it,

  20. Jen Sako says:

    Looks great, Fiona! I don’t see what left you have to do, although I imagine your list probably keeps you up at night. I enjoy your blog and look forward to your changes!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Hi Jen, thanks for your comments. I will be making some artist’s adjustments over the next few days and weeks. I’m glad you enjoy my blog.

  21. Fiona – change means growth in so many ways. And growth is good! Changing over to is great – you will love it. I am still playing with it myself, but so far, yours looks great. This initial post is perfect, so well written and succinct. I’m subscribing!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks a lot Laurie. Glad you liked this post and wonderful to have you on board. Just wanted to say that I’m loving your blog too.

  22. Congratulations! I love the look and feel of the blog. I’m going to spend some time looking around and look forward to learning more about your new direction.

    My life is also moving in a different direction. My son is graduating from high school so when he goes to college this summer, I’ll have a bit of an empty nest thing going on! It’s an exciting time and a little frightening as well (but in a good way).

    Have a great day Fiona!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks a lot Merlyn. I can so understand what you are feeling right now with your son. One of mine is going to Australia for an indefinite period in 6 weeks and another one wants to move to London…would love to exchange experiences with you. Hope you have a great day too .

  23. I love reading your posts. Your gentle spirit just shines through. I have subscribed and can’t wait for more. The changes I’m making are big – I’m starting a non-profit and really stepping up my business. And I believe we are always in transition in a way. If we aren’t growing and changing, we are moving backwards. Either way, it’s a transition! Change can be a little or a lot scary. I bump up against that and then get to look at it and keep going! Thanks for reminding me, Fiona.

    Susan Berland
    A Picture’s Worth

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for you comments and support Susan. I appreciate it. Your business changes sound exciting and I so agree that we really aren’t alive in a way unless we are going through change and growing along the way.

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