This is really all about my new domain name.
When Mark and I first tried to come up with a name, it was for his fused glass business. We were planning to tap into the quilting community and eventually vended quite a few quilt shows in the process. We wanted his business to have a kind of generic theme that would relate to quilts but not be too restrictive. And that is how Around the Block Designs was born.
This was the only logo I could find--interestingly we didn't ever actually do gift certificates. Weird.
We got to the point where we had a website and wanted to also have an etsy shop. Etsy had a rule about shop names not exceeding 20 characters. Around the Block Designs is 21. So we dropped the "s". If you typed the name in the etsy search bar but included the "s" it would say there was no shop by that name.
And then I started blogging. But I felt like Around the Block Designs was not a really "interesting name" for blogging purposes and wanted something catchier when I left comments, something that would make people think, "Hmmmm... wonder what that person is all about."
So that's how "Live A Colorful Life" was born. This was my blog header for quite awhile because we were still combining the ideas of fused glass and quilting.
I had this one for awhile. It was fun.
Little Girl Quilts. She lives in Berlin! And with back-and-forth emails over the course of a week or two, she came up with this fabulous design. I still love it!
But here's the problem. When I registered with Blogger, it was as "aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com." A couple of my things have been published in magazines and so that was the contact information that would go along with the articles, and it's really hard to make the connection between that and Live a Colorful Life. And that particular blogspot URL is unavailable. In fact, this is the message you get when you type it in.
Sorry, the blog at liveacolorfullife.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.
Big bummer, in my opinion. I decided to break down and buy my domain name. But the .com version was already taken. Back and forth I went with decision making. I finally ended up with the .net version. Then back to Blogger to have it redirected. And this is where the naked and non-naked comes in.
I didn't even know what that meant. Well, I mean, I KNOW what it means in terms of wearing clothing. Or not. But what it means in blogger-speak is that they will only redirect your blog if you include the "www," in other words, non-naked. Type in liveacolorfullife.net (naked) and this is what you get:
Sorry, the blog you were looking for does not exist. However, the name aroundtheblockdesings is available to register!
I realize I could throw caution to the wind, leave Blogger in the dust, and just go naked. But I'm always afraid of what that means in terms of starting over, building up readership again, etc. (If any of you have information you would like to share in that regard, I would love to hear from you.)
So at this point...you can either keep finding me at aroundtheblockdesigns.blogspot.com, or at the fully clothed version: www.liveacolorfullife.net
Either way, I just hope you find me!