Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway: Custom Blog Header from The Blog Maven

I would like to introduce you to Jeni from The Blog Maven. I have had the great pleasure of working with her while she migrated my blog from Blogger to WordPress a few weeks ago. Jeni is wonderful at what she does. I had been thinking about moving my blog for a while and was a little nervous about the whole process as you can well imagine. Once I spoke to Jeni, she put all my fears to rest, giving me detailed answers to all my questions and she responded to each and every email promptly. I was so impressed with her support and service that she offered and I am very happy to be able to share her story here with you. I love my new blog home and I also know that if there is anything that I need help with on my blog, Jeni is just and email away.

This is her story…
The Blog Maven | Help Moving from Blogger to WordPress

Tell us about your business, how did it come to be?

I started out several years ago in marketing. I was a consultant for small businesses, helping them get set up with a smart internet marketing strategy. I managed Facebook pages and advised business owners in the huge task of creating a website. When I realized how badly several of my clients were being overcharged for a simple informational website (by thousands of dollars!), I decided to start building my own websites, and that’s how I discovered the magic of WordPress. I’ve been creating with WordPress for almost four years now and love that it allows me to stay home with my children.

Jeni and girls

Knitting (and apparently doing laundry?) with my girls


I’ve always been an avid reader of blogs – mostly lifestyle blogs, since I’m a creative spirit and we’re Waldorf inspired homeschoolers ourselves. When Ginny of Small Things was having problems with Blogger last year, she asked if I knew how to move a blog to WordPress. I’m always up for a challenge, so I said yes!

Jeni migrated Small Things from Blogger to WordPress

Moving Small Things was very much a learning experience for me – I think I spent over 18 hours just on the migration part. I was very conscious about preserving all of her links, so that all of her incoming links from Ravelry, Rhythm of the Home and other blogs around the web would still work…not to mention her Google Rankings, which she has spent so many years achieving! Because she wanted the exact same look and feel as she had on her old blog, I considered it a success when her regular readers arrived at her new WordPress blog and didn’t notice the change! And Ginny was thrilled with her new blogging home.

Since moving Small Things, I’ve migrated over 40 blogs to WordPress (and helped fix a handful of other designers’ broken migrations, as well…) and I truly love being able to introduce bloggers to this tool that can carry their blog and their readers into the future.

Why WordPress?

WordPress is an amazing tool that is continually evolving. Since it was created as “open source” (meaning, anyone has access to the code), there are over 10,000 developers worldwide that are working to make it even better. And over 2 million websites and blogs are powered by WordPress. To save some space, I’ll just give you a bullet list here of my favorite features. 🙂

  • WordPress logoThe software itself is FREE. You don’t pay for a monthly subscription.
  • You can build any kind of website on WordPress – including E-commerce stores and multi-author news magazines. That means that if you’re a blogger, the possibilities for where you can go with your blog are wide open.
  • You own all your own files. With a self-hosted WordPress blog, you pay a monthly fee to a hosting company (usually under $10/month) for server space and all your photos, images, and words are in your control. No more Blogger blackouts, and there are actual tech support people that can help you if you ever do run into problems.
  • Beautiful design possibilities. You can choose a pre-made WordPress theme or hire a blog designer (like me) to give you a custom look for your blog.
  • Plugins. Plugins are like apps for your blog that you install with just a few clicks, and they can make your blog “do” just about anything. From advanced search engine optimization (SEO) to integration with Facebook to discussion boards, if there’s something you want, there’s a plugin for that.

What do you do when you migrate a blog?

Blogger to WordPress migration by The Blog Maven | theblogmaven.comBefore the migration starts, I set up a test blog for you with your web host and install WordPress there, so your readers will still be viewing all your new posts on your main blog. If you’re the do-it-yourself type and want to handle the layout yourself, that’s when I’ll install whichever theme you choose and let you style the blog yourself. If I’m doing design work for you, we’ll go through the design process together (developing a layout, headers, backgrounds, textures, fonts, colors, social media buttons, etc.) and I’ll install the design on your test blog.

When the layout is set, I’ll move your posts and comments to the new blog and fix all the broken links (which used to point to Blogger), preserving your links both within your blog and from various places on the web – and, critically, maintaining your search engine rankings. When everything looks right to you, I’ll complete the move, point your domain name to the right place, move your Feedburner feed, and you’ll be in business!

::whew:: That sounds kind of technical. But from my clients’ end, it can be completely painless. I really work hard to make your transition as seamless as possible, so you and your readers will feel right at home on your new blog.

What is your inspiration?

I always thought I’d be a career woman, growing up – it’s something I never questioned, really. But when I first held my son, I looked at Matt and said, “I don’t think I’ll be going back to work.” And I haven’t looked back. I am so blessed to be able to say that my children’s smiles are the sunshine I wake up to, and I miss them terribly whenever they’re asleep. My oldest is 5, so I thought I’d be past that stage by now, but each new day brings the adventure of leading and growing with these little people, and I love it.

A few photos from the Blog Maven

But my true inspiration is my husband Matt. I’ve never met a harder working, more devoted man. He puts in 40 or 50 hours of hard labor each week, and then he comes home to cook dinner on the grill, play ball with our son, or take our daughter out to the garden to harvest the fruits of his labor. And when he’s too tired, he’ll lay down and let the baby climb all over him. He’s selfless, loyal, and honest – and definitely my hero.

A few more photos from the Blog Maven


Jeni is offering 1 reader a custom designed blog header (a $150 value), either for Blogger or WordPress – or if the winner is interested in moving to WordPress, she is offering a $150 credit toward the cost of migration, for any of her packages.

For all the other Natural Suburbia readers, Jeni is offering a 10% discount on any design or blog migration work they book before August 15th.  To gain this discount, you will need to mention Natural Suburbia when you contact her.

Each reader can have up to SIX entries for this giveaway. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment, leave a separate comment each time you share and gain more entries.

  1. Leave a comment below with the name of your blog;
  2. Follow Jeni on Facebook (;
  3. Pin the image of Jeni’s Ready to Move to WordPress page on Pinterest;
  4. Share this giveaway on your Facebook page (linking to this post and mentioning @The Blog Maven);
  5. Tweet about this giveaway and send people to Natural Suburbia to check it out, mentioning @theblogmaven;
  6. Pin any other image from one of the posts on Jeni’s new blog.

I will announce the winner of this giveaway on Saturday the 11th of August in this post.

Giveaway Closed


Rachel August 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Just liked her facebook page!

Thank you so much for sharing here with us today Jeni and for offering such a generous giveaway:)



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96 Responses to Natural Suburbia Sponsor Giveaway: Custom Blog Header from The Blog Maven

  1. caitlyn August 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    what an awesome giveaway… thanks!

  2. ~ joey ~ August 6, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Wow I could use a tech savvy person on my side. Blogger drives me crazy sometimes!
    ~ joey ~

  3. Andrea from ziezo August 6, 2012 at 8:12 pm #

    Wonderful give away! Thanks for introducing Jeni and the chance to get her assistance.

  4. sarah August 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm #

    I have just become a Weston Price chapter leader for the south side of Chicago and have decided it is time to create my own blog ….I have only begun to research what it will take but am interested in wordpress.

  5. Denise August 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    This is an amazingly generous offer! Thanks for all the chances! 🙂

  6. Nur August 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Thank you. what an awesome giveaway!

  7. laminitagirl August 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm #

    What a great offering. She seems to have done such a beautiful job with yours. Thanks.

  8. Sarah August 7, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    What a great giveaway. My header could definitely do with a refresh.

  9. Susan Heim August 7, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    I’d like to win this for my blog, Susan Heim on Writing, at

  10. Susan Heim August 7, 2012 at 3:24 am #

    I Follow Jeni on Facebook. (Susan M. Heim)

  11. Susan Heim August 7, 2012 at 3:27 am #

    I posted this on Facebook at

  12. Susan Heim August 7, 2012 at 3:28 am #

    I posted this on Twitter at

  13. tiffany newman August 7, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    Great giveaway! Thanks so very much!

  14. tiffany newman August 7, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    followed on facebook

  15. tiffany newman August 7, 2012 at 3:57 am #

    added to my pinterest (dragonfly beauty blog)

  16. tiffany newman August 7, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    shared on facebook ,

  17. August 7, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    I am considering moving to WordPress, so this is a wonderful giveaway opportunity!

  18. tiffany newman August 7, 2012 at 4:01 am #

    pinned your optimize pinterest profile for blog traffic (actually I really need to know how to do this…)

  19. Taryn Kae Wilson August 7, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    Thanks Jeni and Linda for the giveaway!

    I’d love to move my blog to WordPress and I know Jeni is the gal to go to for that. 🙂

    Here’s my first entry.

    My blog is called Wooly Moss Roots. (

    Love, Taryn

    P.S. I love seeing the pictures of you and your family Jeni!

  20. Taryn Kae Wilson August 7, 2012 at 4:06 am #

    Second entry. Just liked Jeni’s page on facebook. 🙂

  21. Taryn Kae Wilson August 7, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    Third entry. I just mentioned this giveaway on my Wooly Moss Roots facebook page and linked to this giveaway.

  22. Taryn Kae Wilson August 7, 2012 at 4:13 am #

    Fourth entry.
    Just pinned the picture on Pinterest. 🙂

  23. ang August 7, 2012 at 4:14 am #

    great thanks!

  24. lori August 7, 2012 at 4:35 am #

    it’s so impressive to an uncomputery person like me. i have thought about a move sometime in the future, i know how happy you have been linda, and i know you have been thrilled with jeni too.
    i love that jeni was able to turn her skills into a job she loves and is so good at and that allows her to stay home with her babies. and i just love how she described her love for her family. i hope her business grows and grows!

    thank you for the generous giveaway jeni and linda!

  25. Chelsea August 7, 2012 at 7:11 am #

    This would be for my husband’s blog which is

  26. Chelsea August 7, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    FB fan as Chelsea Nichole Daigle

  27. Star August 7, 2012 at 8:06 am #

    This would be for my blog I want to join the wordpress gang too!

  28. ulla August 7, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Jeni did an awesome job on Linda’ blog. I have been trying to find help by someone to move my blog but couldn’t afford it so far. Being a small business owner is so hard. I wish Jeni and all the folks here the best of luck. Staying home with your kids is the best you can do for them!

  29. ulla August 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I shared this giveaway on my FB fanpage. =)

  30. AmyS August 7, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    “Peppermint Mocha Mama” might could do with a face lift – I’ll give it a go, thanks.

  31. Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom August 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Hello! I’m glad you are having this giveaway. I want to do a redesign. I’m Heather at Dallas Single Mom .

  32. Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom August 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Hello! I’m glad you are having this giveaway. I want to do a redesign. I’m Heather at Dallas Single Mom .

  33. Heather Buen - Dallas Single Mom August 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

    Posted to my facebook:

    Sorry I think I added an extra comment twice

  34. Hannah August 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Great give-away!

  35. Amanda August 7, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    hmmm, this could be great timing or a kick in the butt! I’m going to switch me current blog page to another name. And I have a new logo. Time to start thinking seriously about it.
    Would love blog maven to be a part of the adventure!
    By Hook & Thread

    thanks for sharing!

  36. annie August 8, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Wow, what a generous giveaway!
    annie @ montanasolarcreations

  37. annie August 8, 2012 at 1:40 am #

    Became a FB fan!

  38. MosaicMagpie August 8, 2012 at 2:10 am #

    I have been considering the move…but fearful it is more than I want to fool with. I think something is easy to do and spend hours trying to complete the task. Thank you for a great giveaway.

  39. MosaicMagpie August 8, 2012 at 2:12 am #


  40. Jessa August 8, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    Riotous Living really needs a new header!

  41. amber August 8, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Living At The Whitehead’s Zoo

  42. amber August 8, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    liked on facebook

  43. Jaimie August 8, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Wow, I really need this. I’d love to win!

  44. Jaimie August 8, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    Followed on Facebook :).

  45. Jaimie August 8, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    I pinned the migration page.

  46. Rachel August 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I think I could do with a neater blog header! My blog is

  47. Rachel August 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    Just liked her facebook page!

  48. Rachel August 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm #

    Pinned the Ready to Move… image on Pinterest.

  49. Rachel August 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Pinned another image from her blog to Pinterest.

  50. Rachel August 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm #

    Tweeted about the giveaway!

  51. Natasha August 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    My blog name is Just a Dash of Geek

  52. Natasha August 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    Followed Jeni on Facebook : natasha dythia

  53. Melissa August 8, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

    Hi, it’s Melissa from There’s No Place Like Home. I would love LOVE love this!!

  54. Melissa August 8, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

    I also followed The Blog Maven on FB!! Thank you for the great chance!

  55. Teje August 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    Thank you Linda for a wonderful post and a great give away! I’m following Jeni’s blog. x Teje from

  56. K August 8, 2012 at 4:56 pm #

    I am not actually entering. But I want to say this – hoping someone will see it and understand how valuable this offering is: I have been blogging for a long time now – I have my family blog, my author site, a book reviewing site, my corporate site all on my server account – including about a dozen email addresses and hundreds of links. When my son and I decided to move to a different server – one that charged several dollars less a month – and I faced the idea of migrating for the first time, I realized how monumental a job this was going to be – realized the intricate details that I knew I wouldn’t be able to anticipate – like making sure incoming links would be preserved also – and moving mail info and other things. Because of that, my son just took his own website off on his own and I am still here, which doesn’t make me at all unhappy, but certainly leaves me feeling a little less than ept.

    Sometimes we worry about spending money on a service it seems we ought to be able to do ourselves. But we have to remember this: there are very good people in this world with super skills who also have to make a living, and hiring someone like this to do a really nightmare job for us is a great thing – it takes stress from us and puts food on the table of another family –

    Self-sufficience is good up to a point, but taking advantage of the fact that nobody has time to learn how to do everything well, but each one of us has the time to become very good at one or two things that can enrich other lives and relieve them of stress? THAT is wonderful.

  57. Ellen August 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    This is a fantastic giveaway. We can defnitely use an updated blog header!!

    Everyday Sisters

  58. Ellen August 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    Following The Blog Maven on FB


  59. Roz August 8, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

    Oh yes, help, Jeni! I need you so badly to help me with my WordPress blog. I’ve done everything above to enter this wonderful giveaway and tweeted about this three times. I’ve also written to you before about a month ago and have not heard back from anyone (maybe I am on your list of inquiries), I’m so unhappy with what someone else did to my front page. At any rate, please contact me.

    Thanks a million,

    • Jeni August 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm #

      Hi Roz, I’m not sure how I missed your message before, but I’m so sorry! Please go to my contact page and send me your info so I can get in touch with you. 🙂

  60. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen August 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    I’ve often thought of moving, but the work involved scares me silly. Would love your help.

  61. Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen August 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I have liked you on Facebook. I really admire what you are doing.

  62. Erin @ Making Memories August 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm #

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much for the chance!

  63. Erin @ Making Memories August 8, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    I am following Jenni on FB (Erin F Dobias)

  64. Erin @ Making Memories August 8, 2012 at 9:18 pm #

    I tweeted! @EMakingMemories

  65. Karen Watterson August 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    I have been on a blogging hiatus for several months and am looking forward to writing again after the summer. I’ve been thinking this would be the perfect time to do the migration AND update the look. So happy to hear about the giveaway – and Jeni!

  66. Karen Watterson August 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    “Liked” The Blog Maven on FB (now I always know where to find her!).

  67. Tom Shewbridge August 9, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    A Medic’s World

  68. Tom Shewbridge August 9, 2012 at 2:25 am #

    I follow Jenni on Facebook now..

    Tom Shewbridge

  69. Tom Shewbridge August 9, 2012 at 2:33 am #

    I pinned the image..

  70. Tom Shewbridge August 9, 2012 at 2:48 am #

    Shared on facebook…

  71. Tom Shewbridge August 9, 2012 at 2:51 am #

    I tweeted…


  72. Tom Shewbridge August 9, 2012 at 2:54 am #

    I pinned another image to pinterest…

  73. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos August 9, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    I’ve been interested in migrating our blog – Crumbs and Chaos!

  74. Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos August 9, 2012 at 3:19 am #

    I liked The Blog Maven on FB!

  75. Nichelle Clemons August 9, 2012 at 4:08 am #

    followed on facebook

  76. Sarah Jane August 9, 2012 at 6:03 am #

    My blog is “Life as a Wife, Mummy, and Nurse”-

  77. Sarah Jane August 9, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Like The Blog Maven-Jenni Elliot on Facebook.

  78. Sarah Jane August 9, 2012 at 6:05 am #

    Pinned Jenni’s “Ready to Move to WordPress” to Pinterest:

  79. Sarah Jane August 9, 2012 at 6:10 am #

    Pinned another post from Jenni’s blog to Pinterest:

  80. paige jagan August 9, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Wow! What a great prize! my blog name is 7 kids and us

  81. paige jagan August 9, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    like Jeni on facebook

  82. Sonya August 9, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    I’m Sanity is for those without children!

  83. Sonya August 9, 2012 at 7:38 am #

    FB fan as Sonya Neal

  84. Nicole Frontier Dreams August 9, 2012 at 8:14 am #

    I would love a chance at this!

  85. Lisa August 9, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    what a great give-away! I “liked” Jen’s page on FB. I’ll be back to enter more later!

  86. Julie Lynn Bickham August 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    My blog name is : 3 is Enough For Me.

  87. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement August 11, 2012 at 12:05 am #

    My name is Kayla and my blog is The Eclectic Element

    Thanks so much for this incredible opportunity 🙂

  88. Kayla @ TheEclecticElement August 11, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    I like The Blog Maven on Facebook under Kayla P.

  89. lauren knott August 11, 2012 at 4:02 am #

    My blog is still a baby but the name is CocktailsandCrayons.

  90. lauren knott August 11, 2012 at 4:03 am #

    Following Jenni on fb as lauren davies knott

  91. Melinda August 11, 2012 at 11:34 pm #

    Liked Jeni on facebook as Melinda W. =)


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