Look mum, no hands

Look Mum, no hands!

Last year, when I was strolling over the Southbank with a friend, we ended up at a coffee kiosk with the funny name: ‘Look Mum, no hands!’ Somehow, I really loved that name as it reminds me of times when me and my brother biked in our street yelling out exactly that phrase to our mother who was watching us.

Now, almost twenty years later (minus a year or three), there are plenty of occasions on which I can still use this phrase.

As my long student life almost comes to an end, it’s time to spread my wings and start a life of my own. The planned move to London forms one of the biggest aspects of this plan, of this dream really, and is something I can’t wait to finally happen.

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Enjoying a coffee powered by ‘Look Mum, No Hands’

Then there’s other big news I need to share with you. Having being introduced to the world of blogging through WordPress.com in February, I couldn’t have imaginedย how much I was going to love this.

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WordPress.com is a wonderful platform to get started with, but it is what it is: a platform that almost literally ‘holds your hand’ during the entire process. This takes away the opportunity to stay in control over your own content, design and techniques, something that I find very important.

That is why, Ladies & Gentlemen, I have decided to transfer this blog over to a self-hosted blog. This means that the ‘side wheels’ are officially going to be removed fromย my bike, and I have to do everything by myself.bike

As scary as this is, I also feel that it is a step into the right direction, an indication that I’m growing as a blogger; another sign of independence.

Please bear with me, I know that the process I’m about to enter is long and hard, but I’m almost certain that the hard work will pay off in the end.

I’m taking a leap of faith, and continue to ‘ride this bike’, but without hands this time!

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  • Congrats. Definitely a good move to move over to self-hosted. More options and functionality. Exciting news!

    • Thank you Drew! I’m quite the control freak, so this was a necessary change for me ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t expect in the beginning that I would grow to love blogging so much, that I would continue. That’s the reason why I started on the WordPress. I must say this whole self-hosting thing is quite scary, and I probably make a lot of first-timer mistakes, but it’s really fun at the same time!

  • Congrats!! I saw your email — sorry I haven’t replied there yet, but I thought the blog comment might help your metrics ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad I could inspire you — don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions… I’m no expert, but I’ve been running self-hosted for about a decade now!

    • Thank you Valerie!! That’s so thoughtful of you! Thank you so much for all your help. I’m sure I’m going to make a lot of beginner-mistakes, but it’s all worth it I think ๐Ÿ™‚ Still working on the design as well. A friend is helping me designing the most beautiful things. I hope you will return to see the end result!

  • Love this post Maaike – especially the title… takes me right back to my childhood. It’s so true, sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and take our hands off the handle bars to truly see where we might end up. Well done for taking the leap – you’re doing a fab job so far, the blog looks great. We’re very new to all this also so we can bumble along together :).

    Gabby

    • Hi Gabby, thanks for stopping by! I’ve always remembered the name ‘Look Mum No Hands’ and it felt very fitting for this post ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m really happy for all the help I get from my hosting company, from people I meet on other blogs and Twitter, and from people in Facebook communities. I still have a long way to go. Luckily I’m not alone in this ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I also moved up from wordpress.com and am getting to grips with everything! It’s a long process getting used to it and a lot of hard work but I’m equally so in love with blogging! Keep up the amazing work <3

  • Hello!
    Loved the title of your blog, which led me to read the entire post and I’m glad I did read. You’ve captured the feelings beautifully. Because, I’ve my self just started a self hosted blog and I can totally relate to what you have gone through.At the end of the day,it’s all absolutely worth it and I’ve fallen in love with blogging no matter how hard it is.
    Happy travels and keep doing this amazing work ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Reshma, thank you so much for visiting! I’m glad you liked the post. We’re all getting there in the end don’t we? It’s an interesting journey for sure!