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I. Have. An. Announcement.

Dear Readers,

I have an announcement for you.  A big one.

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This blog is moving from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress. That’s right.

I wanted to let you know that in the course of moving, this blog may or may not be available for a couple of days. But it will be right back on Sunday, Dec 2, 2012 with a whole new look. I thought, when I am moving platforms and getting on a different train, why not have a makeover as well?

In the process of moving, the posts here will revert to the old url, and you can access them here at http://google-n-i-share-a-birthday.blogspot.com and from Sunday, we’ll be back together on http://www.vidyasury.com.

This is a good time for me to once again thank you all for being with me – and I sincerely hope you will continue to visit and show me the love I deeply cherish.  With this in mind, I humbly request you to please subscribe here to receive updates in your mailbox. Click this link to subscribe:  

This is a MailChimp form where you just have to enter your name, email and website URL – And of course, please rest assured that I will guard your email address with my life. Your current subscription may no longer be active since I am consolidating the Feedburner feeds into the MailChimp newsletter.

Why now?

Actually I’ve been considering this for a while now. And then, I saw my friend Vanita Cyril of After Bedtime Blog offering an amazing package here:  Exclusive Going Pro-Blogger Sale and I grabbed it. I don’t believe in delaying a good deed – and as synchronicity would have it – she also happened to have a slot to fit me in. So I said “Ganesha” and am very excited about this.  In case you are curious and have been contemplating moving your blog from Blogger to WordPress, here’s what she’s offering for a limited time:

  • Move up to 300 posts from Blogger to WordPress – Includes redirection of old site to new site, wordpress installation and configuration on host server. You must have had your own domain name for at least a month before moving. 
  • Bonus! WP + SEO Training 1 year free access to the WordPress + SEO Training Site on TheStrategicMama.com. Video training from Basics to Intermediate WordPress and Traffic Boosting Training, Keyword research and Google Search Results Competition Analysis Training. 
  • Bonus! A Premade Theme Installed and Configured onto your WordPress site From Elegant Themes or a Theme you purchase 
  • Optional Bonus 6 months of Free Hosting For One Website 

…..All this at a ridiculously low price. Go check it out here. But it is really not about the money. What matters to me is that Vanita is reliable, knowledgeable and honest. She is genuinely supportive.  If you remember, I’ve informed you about her promotional offers a couple of times here – and was thrilled to receive emails from people who are very happy with her service. I am happy I recommended her.  So – rather logical that I would approach her to move my blog for me, right? Right.

So – may I wish you all a wonderful weekend and also request you once again, to please subscribe at this link?

Thank you, again.

Ah, one more thing: I am over at Barbara Klein’s place today at Late-Bloomers.net. Barbara’s blog is a wonderful place with fabulous posts, photography and great conversation. She has started a brand new series called “Your Turn!” and mine is the first post in the series. Can you imagine how excited I am? Please drop by – the post is all about food 🙂

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I’ll be waiting for you on Sunday with a steaming jug of coffee. 
Tea and other beverages will also be served on request.
Thank you for subscribing to my blog! Do consider leaving a comment – or just reply to this email! I’d love to know what you think.

Cheers!

Vidya

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35 Comments

  • Reply
    Betsy/Zen Mama
    November 30, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Congratulations Vidya! I’ve signed up already now for the new blog. Vanita and Strategic Mama sound great! I’ll check them out. And I’ll check out your latest guest post, too!

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    Elle
    November 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Vidya, talk about synchronicity, today I posted my first in a series of Encouragers and Vanita is the Encourager of the month. And I’m one of the people who are so grateful to you for introducing her to me.

    What a blessing you both are. No wonder I love my life. 🙂

    Love Elle
    xoxo

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      November 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

      Wow, Elle! I was thinking of you when I wrote the word synchronicity! Hugs. I love Vanita. And I love you. Looking forward to welcoming you in my new home!

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    Kaarina Dillabough
    November 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    Congrats on the big move! I’ll be coming along with you. And great post over at Barbara’s place:) Cheers! Kaarina

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      November 30, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Hugs, Kaarina! Yes, I know I can count on my friends. And imagine – it is already December. Just four more months to go before I do that “hugs” in person! Yay! thank you so much. You’re the first to sign up in the new list!

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    Vidya Sury
    November 30, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you, Betsy! Hugs!

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    Jodi @ Heal Now
    November 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Vidya,
    Congrats! I love wordpress! You can upload your subscriber emails into Mailchimp which will help you not lose anyone, and also be easier for them. Tweet me if you don’t know how!

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      Vidya
      December 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks so much, Jodi! I really appreciate your offer! So excited right now!
      Vidya recently posted…Home Sweet HomeMy Profile

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    humbird
    November 30, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    Congrats on BIG move! Glad for you! Big ship – long voyage!

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    brenda
    December 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Very cool and welcome to WordPress! You’ll absolutely LOVE it and all the functionality!
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    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks so much Brenda! I am loving it!

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    Mayura
    December 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Hi Vidya,

    Now that’s awesome 😉 Really cool theme and no need to say, Vanita knows her things 😉

    Cheers…
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      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

      You are absolutely right Mayura! She’s the best! Thanks for visiting!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Home Sweet HomeMy Profile

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    Vanita
    December 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    Well Hot Damn Sistah! Your new digs are pretty cool! I am very impressed. LOL I’m so glad I finally got you here on wordpress. You are so gonna rock this!
    Vanita recently posted…The Truth Behind Being A Famous BloggerMy Profile

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      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Whooaa! If it isn’t the rockstar herself! Yes, my digs are cool. I am also very very impressed. But then, I had the best person in the whole world on my side! Hugs! I love you!
      Vidya Sury recently posted…Home Sweet HomeMy Profile

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        vanita
        December 4, 2012 at 5:31 pm

        love u back!
        vanita recently posted…I. Am. Famous.My Profile

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    My Inner Chick
    December 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Subscribing instantly.

    Loooooove you more. xxx

    hello to Vanita 🙂
    My Inner Chick recently posted…Precipice, Powerball, & Sex in the CityMy Profile

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      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Hugs! Thank you, Kim! Holding you close to my heart!

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    Terri Sonoda
    December 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see the new diggs! XOXOs

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you Terri! Hey, this IS the new diggs 😀 It could have been on and off due to the transition. I think it is now here to stay! Yay! Hugs!

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    Galen Pearl
    December 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Congratulations! That is a big, bold move! Can’t wait to see your new place! (By the way, love your last post, too.)
    Galen Pearl recently posted…Grieving Over Welcome ChangesMy Profile

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      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Galen – I am replying to your comment in my “new house”! Huge hugs. I am very lucky that Vanita is handling this for me. Thank you for being with me!

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    Alison
    December 4, 2012 at 4:52 pm

    Congratulations on the move Vidya! Vanita really is awesome, isn’t she?
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      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Yes, Alison. 100%. 😀 love her! And I am so glad you are here!

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    Rahul
    December 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Best Wishes Vidya on the move:)

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you, Rahul!

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    Paige | Simple Mindfulness
    December 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I love the new digs Vidya! Awesome theme! WP is definitely the way to go. I’m working on our joint post and am so excited to have it debut on your new host!

    Big Hugs!!
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      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thank you, Paige! Yes, I can’t wait to show you off here! 😀 Big hugs right back atcha!

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    farouk
    December 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Good luck Vidya
    moving a blog requires some work, all the best
    farouk recently posted…Why do people have double standardsMy Profile

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you, Farouk! I am so glad I have Vanita to go-to! And I am very happy you dropped by! Hugs!

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    Fran Sorin
    December 4, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Vidya-

    YEH! What a great gift to give yourself before ushering in 2013. I think you’re life is going to be made much easier. I will run over to Vanita’s site and check it out. And of course I’ll sign up for your newsletter. I wouldn’t miss having your thoughts brightening up my e-mail inbox. xxoo-Fran

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    Ken Wert@MeanttobeHappy
    December 4, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    A big step, Vidya! We are creatures of habit and often resist making large time-consuming changes when what we have seems to be working fine. But big moves often produce big results. I trust you’re going to love it, Vidya. So much more you can do with WP than Blogger.

    Yay!
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    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      December 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Hey Ken! So happy you came by! I was going to write to you! Yes, I confess I missed the simplicity of Blogger today, as it took me much longer than usual to post my Sunday post. Ok..I am doing it on Monday! I am just about to publish it. Still lots of work to be done…and much learning. Hugs! Thanks for the lovely comment!

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    Christine
    December 11, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Vidya, congratulations on your new digs! A big move and an exciting one! Your site looks fantastic!

    Looking forward to catching up on your more recent posts soon.

    Christine
    xo
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