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A change in the air. Maybe

It’s been 10 days since my last post. 10 days. I have been doing a lot of thinking and getting back into work-mode since then. I have enrolled into the Australian Writer’s Centre Magazine and Newspaper Writing Course (online) for one thing and it began this week. Apart from that, I have been looking at fitness programs or bootcamps I can get into because I have managed to put on a couple of kilos. Not happy.

But most of all, my thinking has been around my blog. About this space. I have been blogging for almost 7 years now. I have over 1200 posts and several regular readers and a fair few new ones {thank you all!!}. When I look back at older posts, Β I can see just how much I have grown and changed. And that’s where my thinking goes.

Have I outgrown Over Cups of Coffee?

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Personally, I think I have.

I think Over Cups of Coffee has been a great part of my life but I feel like I need a blog name and domain name that reflects me a lot more at present. 30. Living life. Enjoying it. Being ok with not being perfect. Being independent. Energetic. Spontaneous. Free. Kinda like what my tattoo signifies. I also want to be a bit more open. Especially given that I’m genuinely pursuing writing courses and getting more serious about it, I have realised I might want to ditch the pseudonym Psych Babbler and perhaps use part of my real name. Yes, I am in fact talking about slowly and steadily revealing my identity to the world.

It’s a bit scary. But at the same time, it excites me.

I know it will involve work and efforts to rebuild everything. I will have to make sure I don’t take 10 days off blogging for one thing! And figure out how to redirect everyone to the new domain.

I have spoken about it with a few friends who know me in real life and read my blog and they seem to think positively about the change. My sister {in the advertising and marketing industry} had her thoughts about how I should go about it. I must say, I am grateful for her patience!. I did put the question out there on my Facebook page and well, the four people who responded seemed to think I shouldn’t make the change.

Like any good organisation though,Β I want to ask you, my readers, what you think about this potential change.

Should I go ahead with a new blog name and domain that fits with my growth, my personality and view of life?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

***Linking with Grace for FYBF***

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

 

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  • Shailaja
    June 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

    You do know that I’ll read you no matter what πŸ™‚ So, go with your gut and do what makes you happy πŸ™‚ I promise to support you all the way. Good luck for the New name and new blog. Excited to know the real name behind PB!
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    • Psych Babbler
      June 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Aww thanks Shailaja…I think my gut says go for the change. I’ll still be importing almost all the posts of course…it’s just that the name doesn’t excite me anymore…

  • Shailaja
    June 13, 2014 at 12:41 am

    You do know that I’ll read you no matter what πŸ™‚ So, go with your gut and do what makes you happy πŸ™‚ I promise to support you all the way. Good luck for the New name and new blog. Excited to know the real name behind PB!
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    • Psych Babbler
      June 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Aww thanks Shailaja…I think my gut says go for the change. I’ll still be importing almost all the posts of course…it’s just that the name doesn’t excite me anymore…

  • Laurel Regan
    June 13, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I came out from behind a pseudonym several months back, and I think that for my blogging life it was one of the best decisions I ever made! So I’m definitely pro-real names. πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      June 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story about the pseudonym Laurel. I still won’t be able to use my full name due yo my profession but something close would be good…

  • Laurel Regan
    June 13, 2014 at 12:52 am

    I came out from behind a pseudonym several months back, and I think that for my blogging life it was one of the best decisions I ever made! So I’m definitely pro-real names. πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      June 13, 2014 at 6:21 pm

      Thanks for sharing your story about the pseudonym Laurel. I still won’t be able to use my full name due yo my profession but something close would be good…

  • Swathi Shenoy
    June 13, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Having your own domain sounds good but still I like the name over a cup of coffee a lot πŸ™‚ That had what initially drawn me to your blog πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      June 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Swathi…I hope the new name will be just as appealing… πŸ™‚

  • Swathi Shenoy
    June 13, 2014 at 1:51 am

    Having your own domain sounds good but still I like the name over a cup of coffee a lot πŸ™‚ That had what initially drawn me to your blog πŸ™‚
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    • Psych Babbler
      June 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Swathi…I hope the new name will be just as appealing… πŸ™‚

  • Titaxy
    June 13, 2014 at 3:01 am

    as a reader, it doesn’t matter to me whether you write under a pseudonym or your real name. if you feel like you have outgrown this space and want something new, fresh, that reflects the current you, then go for it. all the best, pb!
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  • Titaxy
    June 13, 2014 at 3:01 am

    as a reader, it doesn’t matter to me whether you write under a pseudonym or your real name. if you feel like you have outgrown this space and want something new, fresh, that reflects the current you, then go for it. all the best, pb!
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  • nabanita
    June 13, 2014 at 3:45 am

    It doesn’t matter where you write …I’ll read your posts anywhere…So go ahead and do what you wish to!
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  • nabanita
    June 13, 2014 at 3:45 am

    It doesn’t matter where you write …I’ll read your posts anywhere…So go ahead and do what you wish to!
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  • Soumya
    June 13, 2014 at 4:18 am

    First, you know I shall read you no matter what.

    Second, I am actually intrigued by the person behind this blog. I think as a reader I would love to know your real name and the real personality behind Psych Babbler. I know how you look and know your wonderful thoughts, but writing with your actual name with help me connect with you better.

    But at the end of the day, its the choice you make. Writing with your actual name has its share of troubles as well. Especially when people google your name just for their kicks and find out that your life is open out there. Next, people will make judgements and then suddenly you have people you hardly know telling you, “I can’t believe you wrote that on your blog.” and other blah blah.

    No matter what, I shall stand by your side. Happy decision making! πŸ™‚

    XOXO
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  • Soumya
    June 13, 2014 at 4:18 am

    First, you know I shall read you no matter what.

    Second, I am actually intrigued by the person behind this blog. I think as a reader I would love to know your real name and the real personality behind Psych Babbler. I know how you look and know your wonderful thoughts, but writing with your actual name with help me connect with you better.

    But at the end of the day, its the choice you make. Writing with your actual name has its share of troubles as well. Especially when people google your name just for their kicks and find out that your life is open out there. Next, people will make judgements and then suddenly you have people you hardly know telling you, “I can’t believe you wrote that on your blog.” and other blah blah.

    No matter what, I shall stand by your side. Happy decision making! πŸ™‚

    XOXO
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  • Avada Kedavra
    June 13, 2014 at 4:57 am

    It doesn’t really matter PB. I would read your blog, no matter what name you write it under πŸ™‚ Even I have been thinking about this for a while now. I feel like switching to a new domain.
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  • Avada Kedavra
    June 13, 2014 at 4:57 am

    It doesn’t really matter PB. I would read your blog, no matter what name you write it under πŸ™‚ Even I have been thinking about this for a while now. I feel like switching to a new domain.
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  • Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    June 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Can you just start using your real name without changing the domain name? Of course it’s your blog and you need to do whatever inspires you. But you can talk about absolutely anything, serious or funny, over a cup of coffee and it’s such an awesome name for a blog. Maybe you could do a website redesign, makeover your mission statement and relaunch instead to make you feel fresher.

    Btw, how’s the course going? I was tossing up between that one and a blog strategy one.

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  • Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    June 13, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Can you just start using your real name without changing the domain name? Of course it’s your blog and you need to do whatever inspires you. But you can talk about absolutely anything, serious or funny, over a cup of coffee and it’s such an awesome name for a blog. Maybe you could do a website redesign, makeover your mission statement and relaunch instead to make you feel fresher.

    Btw, how’s the course going? I was tossing up between that one and a blog strategy one.

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  • simple girl
    June 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I would read your blog anyway .. Go ahead with what feels right for you … πŸ™‚
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  • simple girl
    June 13, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I would read your blog anyway .. Go ahead with what feels right for you … πŸ™‚
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  • Aditi
    June 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    You should absolutely go with what you believe in PB. Blog is a reflection of who you are, so if a domain name change, leaving behind your pseudo name, will do justice to where you are today and your ideals, do that!! We will always support you! πŸ™‚
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    June 13, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    You should absolutely go with what you believe in PB. Blog is a reflection of who you are, so if a domain name change, leaving behind your pseudo name, will do justice to where you are today and your ideals, do that!! We will always support you! πŸ™‚
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I think in your heart of hearts you really know the answer! Just do what you can live with! 7 years – wow you are are an old school blogger πŸ™‚
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  • Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    June 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I think in your heart of hearts you really know the answer! Just do what you can live with! 7 years – wow you are are an old school blogger πŸ™‚
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  • Shilpa Garg
    June 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I think, if you feel like making the changes, go ahead and do that. As far as redirecting to new domain, well that can happen easily. I transferred my blog from blogspot to own domain. Check out on Google… a lot of resources are available. All the best with whatever you decide! Cheers πŸ™‚
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  • Shilpa Garg
    June 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I think, if you feel like making the changes, go ahead and do that. As far as redirecting to new domain, well that can happen easily. I transferred my blog from blogspot to own domain. Check out on Google… a lot of resources are available. All the best with whatever you decide! Cheers πŸ™‚
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  • Venice
    June 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Your blog gives me a feeling of coming home to – there’s security, comfort, and lots of interesting things I get to know of. You’ve taken good strides out of your comfort zone, and I understand when you feel you’ve kinda outgrown something.

    I say, if you feel like changing the blog and domain name, go ahead and do it. After all, your blog reflects you, right?

    I’ll read you any which way… though, half of me agrees with Bec above, that you could keep this blog for funny, or light friendly chatter whenever you feel like it. Whatever you decide, it will be right. πŸ˜‰ Cheers P.B!
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  • Venice
    June 13, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Your blog gives me a feeling of coming home to – there’s security, comfort, and lots of interesting things I get to know of. You’ve taken good strides out of your comfort zone, and I understand when you feel you’ve kinda outgrown something.

    I say, if you feel like changing the blog and domain name, go ahead and do it. After all, your blog reflects you, right?

    I’ll read you any which way… though, half of me agrees with Bec above, that you could keep this blog for funny, or light friendly chatter whenever you feel like it. Whatever you decide, it will be right. πŸ˜‰ Cheers P.B!
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  • Pinky Poinker
    June 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    It’s a great idea. Nothing like a fresh start! I’ll probably be the same when all my kids leave home and I move down south to the big smoke πŸ™‚
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  • Pinky Poinker
    June 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    It’s a great idea. Nothing like a fresh start! I’ll probably be the same when all my kids leave home and I move down south to the big smoke πŸ™‚
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  • Bikram
    June 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Do I really need to answer that question tell me ? I am sure you know the reply already well at least my reply.

    all the best with the course and regarding the change.. Well change is always good as long as you have the patience .. when you shift initially the traffic to your blog will decrease but it will pick up for sure .. But then that is if you really want to shift..

    you can start with the change here itself ..

    end of the day my dear friend it is YOUR decision, what will make you HAPPY… and thats what you should go with .. what will make YOU HAPPY…

    Take care and all the best …

    Bikram
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  • Bikram
    June 13, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Do I really need to answer that question tell me ? I am sure you know the reply already well at least my reply.

    all the best with the course and regarding the change.. Well change is always good as long as you have the patience .. when you shift initially the traffic to your blog will decrease but it will pick up for sure .. But then that is if you really want to shift..

    you can start with the change here itself ..

    end of the day my dear friend it is YOUR decision, what will make you HAPPY… and thats what you should go with .. what will make YOU HAPPY…

    Take care and all the best …

    Bikram
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  • Bec @ The Plumbette
    June 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Go with your gut. I’d love to hear how you find the writing course too. I’m thinking of doing something similar too but at a later stage. I’m having a baby in 4 weeks time so don’t think I will have time to focus on a new course!!
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  • Bec @ The Plumbette
    June 13, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Go with your gut. I’d love to hear how you find the writing course too. I’m thinking of doing something similar too but at a later stage. I’m having a baby in 4 weeks time so don’t think I will have time to focus on a new course!!
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  • Zita
    June 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I must admit that when I first started reading your blog (before you even started sharing photos of your face) I was very intrigued to know what your name was and what you looked like because I felt like I knew SO much about you it didn’t feel right somehow.. But the more I’ve read I suppose that Hasn’t been that important. If you are thinking about it so much I think you should do it! But do it because you want to, not because someone else wants you to!
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  • Zita
    June 14, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I must admit that when I first started reading your blog (before you even started sharing photos of your face) I was very intrigued to know what your name was and what you looked like because I felt like I knew SO much about you it didn’t feel right somehow.. But the more I’ve read I suppose that Hasn’t been that important. If you are thinking about it so much I think you should do it! But do it because you want to, not because someone else wants you to!
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  • Monica
    June 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Aww! I’ll miss ‘PB’ but at the same time I’m excited about knowing the real you. Whatever you choose, look forward to your posts on Over a cuppa or elsewhere. Good luck!! Exciting stuff.
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  • Monica
    June 14, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Aww! I’ll miss ‘PB’ but at the same time I’m excited about knowing the real you. Whatever you choose, look forward to your posts on Over a cuppa or elsewhere. Good luck!! Exciting stuff.
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    June 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    As you know, I made a blog name change in January and I’m so glad I did – so I reckon GO FOR IT!
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    June 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    As you know, I made a blog name change in January and I’m so glad I did – so I reckon GO FOR IT!
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  • Alicia
    June 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    If it will make you more comfortable in your own space and you feel very strongly about it, then do it. Ultimately the decision will be yours and I am sure the readers will feel just as comfortable in your new home, as long as your hospitality is the same xx
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  • Alicia
    June 15, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    If it will make you more comfortable in your own space and you feel very strongly about it, then do it. Ultimately the decision will be yours and I am sure the readers will feel just as comfortable in your new home, as long as your hospitality is the same xx
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

    It is a big decision, so I say go with your gut feeling, which seems to be that you are moving on. So just be sur to let us all know where you go.
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  • Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages
    June 16, 2014 at 7:05 am

    It is a big decision, so I say go with your gut feeling, which seems to be that you are moving on. So just be sur to let us all know where you go.
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  • Ash
    June 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I love your tattoo πŸ™‚

    Go ahead and change if you must… do publicize your change wherever you can πŸ™‚ that’s an important part of maintaining your ‘brand image’!

  • Ash
    June 16, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I love your tattoo πŸ™‚

    Go ahead and change if you must… do publicize your change wherever you can πŸ™‚ that’s an important part of maintaining your ‘brand image’!

  • Anita
    June 17, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for sharing & giving us the honor to advise πŸ˜›
    What does your gut feeling say? Go ahead with it.
    I know that whatever decision we take, we always think the other one might have been better!
    Better to adopt change if you get positive vibes!
    Best wishes πŸ™‚
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  • Anita
    June 17, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Thanks for sharing & giving us the honor to advise πŸ˜›
    What does your gut feeling say? Go ahead with it.
    I know that whatever decision we take, we always think the other one might have been better!
    Better to adopt change if you get positive vibes!
    Best wishes πŸ™‚
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  • gailatthefarm
    June 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Only you will know the true answer. Add all the input and then you decide.

    Thanks for coming by to visit.

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  • gailatthefarm
    June 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Only you will know the true answer. Add all the input and then you decide.

    Thanks for coming by to visit.

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