Blog Re-branding + WWU

August 18, 2014
For Weekly Wrap Up this week, I'd like to first address my blog's new name and design!  After careful consideration, I decided to change my blog name because I recently went through a big life change when I moved out of Ohio, which is where I'd been living for the last five years.  By moving South, I took a chance, and now I'm still in the process of trying to "catch" my dream of making a new life for myself here, hence the name Adventures of a Dream Catcher.  I feel like my new blog name better reflects where I'm at in life right now...So, what are these dreams that I want to catch?  I'm not that complicated of a person, really, and just want what almost everyone wants: a steady job that pays decent, a supportive group of friends (quality over quantity), a good relationship, and to travel.  I hope you'll stick around as I try to achieve these goals (some of them might be a struggle!), one step at a time.  Of course, I'll still be posting about whatever else strikes my fancy, so my blog's content isn't really going to change that much. :)

Another reason why I decided to change my blog's name is because no one could really pronounce or spell Ameliorer la Vie except for my fellow French majors/those who know and comprehend French.  Understandably so, because I know that I'd have just as much trouble trying to remember a name of a blog in a language that I never studied.  Adventures of a Dream Catcher is easier to remember, and I bought the domain through Go Daddy, so no more blogspot.com in my URL! :)  And...Oh my goodness...Like many of you, I'm just learning about blogging as I go, and sometimes I just feel clueless.  When I bought my new domain name through Go Daddy, I had no idea that all of my personal information would be visible online unless I bought the privacy protection.  I only caught it because I got a view from Domain Tuno and when I clicked on it, it displayed my first and last name.  I called Go Daddy and the representative told me that my phone number and street address were also public, which made me freak out and pay the $9.99/year for privacy protection.  I'm just glad that I caught it when I did.

This week, I spent hours re-branding my blog and sent quite a few e-mails to the person who designed my blog, Ash @ The Grits Blog.  Ash is awesome to work with--she messaged me back right away about everything, let me pick the fonts and colors I liked the most, and she made sure everything had my stamp of approval before she moved on.  After she installed the design, she offered to tweak a few things for me that I wanted changed.  I highly recommend her if you're looking for a friendly gal who is easy to work with and want a new design for your blog!

In other news this week, I went to go see The Hundred-Foot Journey.  It was great--I appreciated the French, the pretty scenery, the plot, and of course I was drooling over all that delicious-looking French and Indian food.  My friends and I also started watching The Killing.  Parts of it are slow, but overall, we are all into the show and keep making guesses over who the murderer is.  I also started reading Game of Thrones.  People have told me that it's "confusing" and that there are "too many names," but I'm not lost at all because I watched Season 1 already, so I know who the main characters are.  If I continue to like Game of Thrones as much as I do, I will be reading the whole series...well, at least up until what George RR Martin has published.

I also got my massage this week from a student at a massage school in Savannah since last week no one showed up for my appointment.  The student that gave me the massage was really professional and my back hasn't been hurting as much these past few days.  The best part of all was that it was only $25 for an hour long massage.  I would give them another shot because it's inexpensive and I've paid a lot more for some pretty terrible massages.  Afterwards, I had some Chinese food and did a little shopping at a nearby Target.  Unlike where I lived in Ohio, there isn't a Target super close to where I live (which is good and bad.)  I bought mostly necessities, but did buy The Night Circus.  After Game of Thrones, it's pretty much going to be If I Stay or The Night Circus for my next read.

On Sunday, Everett, Jared, and I got invited over to Ev's aunt's house for a little cookout/mini birthday celebration for Jared who turned 31 on Friday.  We went swimming for a bit in the pool for a bit and then enjoyed some hot dogs, side dishes, and a slice of  Reese's Peanut Butter ice cream cake from Dairy Queen.


It was a good week, but I'm not going to lie, I'm getting ANTSY about my job situation. Hopefully it will all work out...


Weekly Wrap Up Info: All you have to do is write about your week and/or weekend to link up with The Rachael Way and me.  The code for our button is available below.  Adding it to your post is always appreciated, but not required. :)  We will probably be getting a new button soon since I changed my blog name, but for now this one works! 

Ameliorer la Vie

38 comments on "Blog Re-branding + WWU"
  1. I am IN LOVE with your new design!!! It is so you and is perfect. Happy birthday to Jared! xo

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    1. And best of all, now when you talk about me in YouTube videos you can say the name of my blog!! Hahaha. :)

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  2. I already told you on Twitter, but love the new design and concept! Games of Thrones - I read the books first and I think that helped me a lot with figuring out who everyone is on the show. Books are easier for me, because you can go back if you get confused!

    Do you know how it worked with the domain and getting it set up for the blog? Or did Ash handle that for you? I'm contemplating buying myself a domain name but I'm hesitant because I don't know how that'll work.

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    1. You have to do the domain part on your own. I just went to Go Daddy and purchased mine and then bought the privacy protection. Then, I followed the steps from this post: http://www.thewonderforest.com/2013/08/how-to-set-up-custom-domain-in-blogger.html and everything worked out fine. The only thing I do not know how to figure out now is how to not track my own page views. For some reason, it says error every time I press the "Don't Track Own Page views" button in Blogger.

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  3. I love the new design AND the new name! Can't wait to read more about your life in Savannah :)

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    1. Thanks, girl!! I can't wait to start telling more about it. :)

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  4. I knew I was never pronouncing the other name right. LOL Love the new design and the name/concept!

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    1. Trust me, you were not alone, lol. I am very happy with my new design!

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  5. I was like what is this blog on my feed? haha I love the new name and design and of course Im sticking around as you catch those dreams. You go girl! :)

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    1. Haha, sorry to confuse you! Thanks for the encouragement! :)

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  6. haha i was so confused when i saw this, love the new design and name, that header is so cute! oh my gosh i would have lost my shit if my stuff was made public, scary! i had no idea how to pronounce your other name, i'm so bad, but i always remembered how the first few letters and google chrome remembered the rest, lol.

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    1. YES...as soon as I saw that my last name was visible, my heart started pounding and I went into panic mode. Thank goodness for Google Chrome remembering it or I would have had like no blog traffic, hahahaha.

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  7. I like the new name and your header is VERY cute! Good luck with your new "identity". I always get WhoIs privacy protection for all my domain names and it's totally worth paying a little extra. I do NOT want random people being able to look up my address through the domain registration info. :P

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    1. I am just so relieved that I noticed when I did. I mean...there are a lot of creeps and scammers out there.

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  8. Very cool rebrand! I went through the same thing a few months ago with my rebranding. Happy now that things seem to reflect me more with where I'm at right now. Wow, the privacy protection is something I need to look into right away...I got my .com through go daddy but don't think i purchased privacy protection. Scary!

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    1. Here is the link if you want to purchase: http://www.godaddy.com/domainaddon/private-registration2.aspx. The $9.99 a year was worth it to me!

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  9. I love the new blog design, and I hope that you enjoy your time in the South. I grew up in the South myself.

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  10. Love love love the new design and blog name!! So perfect :)

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  11. As much as I loved Améliorer La Vie... this new design is so fabulous! I read The Hundred Foot Journey and I really want to see the movie, and I'm glad you liked it. :) I can't wait to keep reading about Savannah, and cheer you on as you make your dreams come true!

    xo,
    Zoe | La Vie en Zoe

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    1. I'm the opposite...now I want to read the book because I liked the movie! Thanks for the encouraging comment!

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  12. I'm so excited that I just found your blog through Neatly-Packaged! I'm working on re-branding my blog right now so I'm glad to read that yours went pretty smoothly. Also, Savannah is probably one of my favorite cities on the planet, and I've visited quite a few. I'm super jelly that you get to live there and excited to read more about it!

    lilgeorgiapeach.blogspot.com

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    1. Good luck with all aspects of your re-branding! It was a bit time-consuming, but worth it!! I actually live a little outside Savannah, but am LOVING the area. Every time I go down there, I'm instantly in a such a good mood.

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  13. I adore your blogs design. It's so cute and flirty. Good choice!

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  14. I love the new name and the meaning behind it! Names with meanings are the best in my opinion... and this is YOUR space - you should always feel like it reflects YOU!

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    1. Exactly!! I feel a lot better knowing that others also know what this name means because it's in English!!

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  15. You design looks awesome! And I love the rebrand! The new name is so fun.

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  16. love the new name and design! looks awesome, Lisa! :)

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  17. I love the new name, design and goals of your blog!!!

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  18. I love the new design, its so clean and simple!

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    1. My sis told me she thinks it's easier to navigate now. :)

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