Thank you for visiting my new online presence at Five Suitcases. The transition from my old Blogger presence to this sleek, minimalist self-hosted WordPress site has been a long time in the making; the result of several weeks of research and hand-wringing and a full week of manual labor.
For now, the only content on this site is from my travel writing blog – not my old Narcissistic Expat Diaries posts. That 500-plus post bear on my back will have to be handled much more delicately than the comparatively light 50 posts from Five Suitcases, which I’ve been able to manually and painstakingly fix up this week.
But today is a day to celebrate! To mark the launch of the new site, I have published Vienna Vignettes – an edited and extended eBook collection of my series of live public travel journals written on my week-long Vienna voyage earlier this summer. Please enjoy this free eBook collection, and let me know what you think! I’d love to compile more of these collections, but they are surprisingly labor-intensive, despite consisting mostly of old content.
Let’s take a look at what’s new. On the home page, note the slider featuring promotions to my books and my contact page. There might be more coming to the front page in the future, especially as I promote the new site on various blog list services. Comments will also be much easier, and won’t require a Google login! Comments from first-time users will have to be held for moderation, but after publishing an approved comment, anyone with an email address can – and should – leave comments with abandon.
You can also stay in touch with me on social media! I’ve been curating and growing my presence on Facebook and Twitter, and will continue to expand and update my pages on various other social platforms – all of which can be easily found in the convenient social media icons in the sidebar! Find me there and let me know what you think, and while you’re at it, let me know what you are reading and pass anything you like here on to your own followers.
Also note that this site uses more ads than the old sidebar box on Blogger – now that the site is self-hosted, it is self-funded. The slightly-increased ad presence will hopefully help the site pay for its own maintenance and, goodness willing, pay for my time and effort in its upkeep.
Thanks to everyone – friends, family, blog readers, commenters, fellow Dublin expats, and the silent strangers who have visited my sites through the years – for making this possible. With this new presence, I hope to turn what has for too long been a hobby into a semi-professional, semi-permanent career.