Freelancing and going self hosted: what next?


So: you can probably see that this blog looks very different. It’s still the same blog-kind of-but with some fundamental differences. You see..

It needed to change. The blog needed to change in a very big way.

After nearly six years of being a Blogger, this website needed a change. And I don’t mean in terms of branding, the appearance, etc; to be honest, it began to bore me. (I was tired of posting about mawkish subjects on here.)

For that reason, I decided to change the appearance in downloading a new Pipdig theme. (When redesigning this blog, I even created a Pinterest blog!) Alongside this, I decided to go self hosted, in the hope that I can blog for business. 


The content on her will be slightly adapted. Yes, I’ll still be blogging in order to document my Autism diagnosis. (Because, really, that is what it has made it all worthwhile, over the years.) There will still be journalism updates for the duration that I am on the NCTJ course; I’ll still be doing what I do now.

I’ll be introducing new content in addition to what I am doing now; there will be more book reviews, beauty opinion pieces, etc. (That’s what my Instagram polling efforts directed me to do, anyway.)

Writing for a living (well, freelancing.)

Building on from blogging for business: in July, I will have finished my NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists qualification.) Cue me thinking: “I’M GOING INTO THE BIG WIDE WORLD, WHAT DO I DO?!” After all, that’s my education finished; it’s a slightly terrifying prospect.

So, yes, I’ll be going freelance for a while. (Until I decide how to progress, what the next move is, etc.)

I admire freelance journalists. (Maybe that should be journalists in general?) There are people like Jenna Farmer who write and blog for a living; I couldn’t help but think “why can’t that be me?” Pippa at Pippa Says is also another example of this.

You can find examples of my work under the ‘Portfolio’ tab. I’ll also make sure to upload my CV on here as well.

And to celebrate, there’s a giveaway happening on Twitter..

Lydia x




  1. Ken B
    May 1, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    Looks crisp and clean even on an iPhone SE (4” screen) so nice work, Lydia – well worth the upgrade

    • mademoisellewomen
      May 2, 2018 / 12:39 pm

      Thanks Ken; I’m glad to hear it’s workig on an iPhone! (May I ask, do I know you from somewhere? I recognise your details, but cant place you 😂)

  2. May 1, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Your new look blog looks great, Lydia! I’ve never regretted moving over to self hosted, it gives you much more freedom, All the very best in your career! 😊

    • mademoisellewomen
      May 2, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      Thanks Paula! Your comment made my day 👍

  3. May 1, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    Congrats on finally going self-hosted! The theme you downloaded looks beautiful! Simple, sleek, and I honestly can’t wait to see what new contents you come up with! Congrats again Lydia 🙂 xx

    Melina |

    • mademoisellewomen
      May 2, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you! Let me know what you think; there’ll be a beauty series coming soon!

  4. May 1, 2018 / 9:49 pm

    It sounds like we’re in super similar stages career-wise at the moment. The only difference is that we’re going into different areas of freelancing. I love the look of your new self-hosted blog, though! I’ve been looking at pip dig themes for the longest time and they’re honestly the nicest out there, in my opinion.

    • mademoisellewomen
      May 2, 2018 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you! Etsy do themes as well; probably a lot cheaper!

      • May 2, 2018 / 6:12 pm

        I’ve heard about Etsy themes in the past, but I’ve never looked into them too much. I might go and check them out! Thanks for the tip.

  5. May 21, 2018 / 4:49 am

    From one journalism student to another, I just want to say that I think it’s amazing what you’re doing (blogging, freelancing & speaking up about autism). I look forward to reading and seeing more from you in the future.

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