Letters From Laura – My Blog Gets a New Name

If you've been following my blog, you may have noticed I recently changed the name and banner image. The domain for my blog has also changed thanks to my new friend Dan Morris, who I met at the NAMS (Niche Affiliate Marketing System) conference in Atlanta last month.

Dan was one of the instructors at NAMS. During his class, I noticed his shirt had his blog domain printed across the back. That domain is lettersfromdan.com. I liked that! So when I got a spare minute, I checked to see if lettersfromlaura.com was available. It was, so I purchased it immediately.

Dan MorrisI assumed when Dan used lettersfromdan.com he was thinking letters, as in "a written or printed communication addressed to a person or organization and usually transmitted by mail". But that wasn't what I had in mind when I registered lettersfromlaura.com. I instead was thinking of letters defined as "a symbol or character that is conventionally used in writing and printing to represent a speech sound and that is part of an alphabet". Yes! That's exactly what my blog is, but then, aren't they all?

I couldn't give up the web and my friendly, little spider in my banner image but I wanted to add an old-fashioned typewriter and some sort of letters. The ideas in my head don't always turn out in Photoshop the way I'd like and I have to settle for something less, but usually it turns out ok anyway. The images that spell out LETTERS FROM LAURA are actually keys from an old typewriter photo. I cleaned them up a bit in Photoshop and then replaced the letters. It gets the message across, I think. Maybe I'll change it again in a month or two but for now, I rather like it.

With a new blog name and domain, comes a new beginning. I got a lot of inspiration from my new friends from NAMS at a time when I really needed a jump-start. I want to be consistent and continue to write and share my knowledge with others.

I've also learned to not be quite as critical about my writing. Sure, I like to have well-formed sentences and I still can't stand typos, but I'm not going to get too hung-up on perfection. Done is better than perfect! I've learned to not worry about being criticized by anyone who may read my posts. Most of them aren't perfect writers either.

If you read my blog post from last week, you know I had a big setback this year with my Dad's cancer diagnosis and death. That has also taught me something about me and my writing. I almost quit writing completely. I thought it was stupid to not write for several months and then all of a sudden start posting articles again. But who said that was stupid? It was only in my head. So I got that out of head, wrote the post about my dad, and now I'm back on track and it feels great!

Dan MorrisI share this with you to help if you are struggling too. We all go through some rough times now and then and it's ok to get sidetracked, but it's important to get back on track and keep your goals in mind. Get through the rough times and doubts and come out on the other side with renewed conviction and purpose.

If it hadn't been for all the great bloggers and writers I met at NAMS such as Dan, I perhaps would have quit my blog completely. But instead it got a new life and a new name and writing is fun again!

Thank you Dan Morris for the idea and inspiration. I hope to continue sharing my letters for a long time to come!

Written by Laura on September 15, 2011

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