Hey look! The Maven has a new domain!

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It started in 2010. I was in Nicole Donnelly‘s kitchen and we were talking blogging strategy. I don’t remember exactly what she asked me, but I answered her in a nano-second. Nicole says “You’re just “The Maven of Social Media®” aren’t you.”? and my response was something like “yes, I am”

and I bought the domain that night.

See, those were back in the days where I was still at CityMommy, which was the brainchild of Dayna Landry. Since CityMommy was based on a message board format, it had little more to offer the clients I was working with than a 125×125 image and some text. And my clients wanted more.

I’d been trying to figure out a new domain name, and things just sort of happened. My graphic designer friend Colleen Cole created a logo for me from a photo of my favorite red shoes and the rest is history.

A lot has happened since 2010. Two more kids, a lot more brands, a lot more blogging. For about a year, I’ve known I wanted to tweak my image a little. I felt a little disjointed with social media handles that didn’t quite line up, and people sometimes got confused about my name since I really haven’t social media consulting since 2011/12. But I knew I couldn’t give up the red shoes (mostly because I have a red shoe problem) or being called the Maven.

And then it happened. I was standing in line with my friend and fellow blogger, Cristi Comes waiting to board a plane. We were headed to SoFabCon, a blogging conference held by Social Fabric. For some reason, we were talking about domain name ideas. On a whim, I logged into GoDaddy and did a quick search. IamtheMaven.net was available. (the .com was up for auction, more on that later) A few more searches for Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and I bought the domain. The rebranding slowly began.

It didn’t take long for me to make the jump to bidding on IamtheMaven..com – I couldn’t let the chance of someone buying it out from under me with all of the work I was about to put into it.

Then, this weekend, I pulled the plug. I handed the keys over to the talented Becky Willis who moved MY ENTIRE WEBSITE over for me. Everything that was at themavenofsocialmedia.com is now at iamthemaven.com. We had a few hiccups here and there, but it was done. Then, I broke up with NoDaddy and I’m now have (affiliate) reliable hosting with RFE.

So, things are a little different around you. I still have some things to do – most of my social media has been moved over – and I need to petition Facebook for a name change, but for the most part, everything is going to be @iamthemaven.

It’s been overwhelming, and definitely NOT inexpensive either, but I hope it’s been worth it.

So what do you think of the more refined me?

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

Comments

  1. Congrats Kerri!

  2. I just simplified my blog name (and URL) and switched hosts too. It feels so good! Congrats on your move!

  3. I love the rebrand. I know it hasn’t been easy but everything is looking great. Congrats.

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