A DIY Blogger: Welcome to Coach Debbie Runs

Coach Debbie Runs LogoYou may have noticed some changes around here! Welcome to Coach Debbie Runs! One of my big goals for 2015 was to re-brand my blog. When I started Live from La Quinta six years ago, I didn’t have a clue about blogging or what I was going to write about. It just sounded like fun. I live in La Quinta, and I thought the name had a nice ring to it.

Over the course of time, Live from La Quinta has evolved into a healthy living and running blog, with a side dish of vegan cooking and family life. While I still write a little about La Quinta, the title itself just didn’t “say” health and fitness. Heck, half the country can’t even pronounce “Quinta!” (It’s Keenta by the way, not Kwinta.)

Even though I am not “techy,” I am a DIY Blogger. Everything you see on my blog, for better or worse, is my own work. I installed the theme, designed the layout, even created my new logo. And while I am re-branding, I am doing it a step at a time. You may notice that the URL is still livefromlaquinta.com. That’s mostly because, even as a do-it-yourself blogger, I’m scared to death of making that change on my own. I think it will be time for a little professional help, just so everything changes over smoothly (and I don’t lose six years of hard work).

So, my next step, in addition to changing my URL, is going through the process of changing my social media handles. I’ve done that once before (way back when I first joined Twitter and Instagram I was Shnuddy, a nickname that my husband bestowed upon me. I’m still stuck with it on some accounts, like YouTube, which doesn’t let you change your name.), so I imagine it will go smoothly.

While all this sounds like a big change, and it is, you probably won’t notice any difference in my content. I write about what I know: running, fitness, a plant-based lifestyle, dogs, and life. I have no plans to change that. I just want to spruce up the old blog, maybe get some new readers, and keep things fresh.

Finally, for the first time since I put my blogging goals down in writing, I feel like I’m working toward my word of the year.

BraveSo, what do you think? Do you like the new look? Do you have a suggestion about who could help me switch my URL? I have a couple ideas, but I’m open to suggestions. Finally, thank you all for reading. I’m always amazed that people actually want to read what I have to say, and I love you for it.