We’re moving house

As those of you who have been around for a while would well know, we are fast outgrowing our little home here on WordPress.

I have decided to self host the blog and I’m aiming to move to our own domain in the next week or so, technical catastrophes notwithstanding! Self hosting opens up new possibilities in terms of the features I’m able to include on the blog, so now is the perfect time to ask you guys for some input.

Our new home will include a forum. A forum will give us a place where you can set the topics for discussion, rather than me always deciding what is newsworthy and what’s not. This feels like the logical next step and will help keep the blog posts manageable and the comments on topic.

I am also hoping to find some contributors to write the occasional post on either the SVM or True Blood. Again, I hope this will provide some fresh perspective and variety. If you enjoy writing, and you’d like to contribute a guest post either as a one-off, or on a more regular basis email me here:


Your contribution could be funny, it could be a review or analysis, or it might be a mix of all three. Any topic or character – books or show is welcomed, don’t feel that I’m only looking for Eric/Sookie-centric posts.

So now I’m throwing it over to you. Some of you have been here since day one, when this blog was lucky to get two comments a week. Others are only recent arrivals and with a fresh set of eyes, you probably notice things that the rest of us don’t. I want to hear from everyone.

What’s working here? What’s not? What works elsewhere that we could incorporate here? And what would you like to see going forward?

71 Responses to “We’re moving house”

  1. 1 Barbara E
    May 30, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Best wishes on your move. You’re making a great decision!

    I would love to be a contributor, but can’t guarantee timely posts and such – very hectic life here (biz owner, website designer, etc etc). Nevertheless, I am sure you will find plenty of more permanent contributors and with all of us other folks posting … the forum and your blog will be hopping as Season 3 kicks off.

    YAY! =)

  2. 2 nskars
    May 30, 2010 at 7:03 am

    This is very happy news, indeed!

    Things have definitely changed in the 6 months I’ve been around here, so it’ll be great to see new features like forums and stuff introduced. So excited!

  3. 3 Dwimordene
    May 30, 2010 at 7:27 am

    It is a fantastic idea and the forum was needed at the high quantity of comments. I soon finish school year, so if you need help with graphic design tell me, I also now good people on it πŸ˜‰
    Good luck It will work, there is quite a lot of people already.

    • 4 Dee
      May 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

      I think the forum is a great idea, will really help with keeping things on track. As far as ideas, I have none at the moment but just wanted to say Good luck!!!

  4. 5 Liz
    May 30, 2010 at 7:56 am

    wow, i am super exited for the new format!

  5. 6 Tiny
    May 30, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Awesome Idea!
    Can’t wait!

  6. 7 Mia
    May 30, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Congratulations! A forum sounds great too; I miss the old HBO forums.

  7. May 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Good luck with the move… if you need help you know you can count on me!!! Aussie power!!!

  8. 9 M.
    May 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Congrats on the upgrade- what about including a gallery with the site’s images, so you can look at all of the season 3 promo posters, or screen caps of the minisodes (for example) in one place?
    It’d definitely be useful for all those consipracy theorists out there :o)

  9. 10 ChelleInOz
    May 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Wow SVB, thats great news….I am a newbie here and I know when I first introduced myself on the blog I told you how great I thought it was, but it bears repeating – it really is the best blog around on SVM & TB. Its wonderful insightful as well as fun – which make me excited to log on everyday. And the result of this is that your blog attracts some damn smart and cheeky SVM/TB followers. THe commentary from all is adult (with a tiny bit of fangirling which adds a bit of fun) and that’s a breath of fresh air.

    I love writing but not sure I am brave enough to contribute….you’ve planted the seed though…we shall see

    Can’t wait to log on to your new site and join in the fun!

  10. 11 Mony
    May 30, 2010 at 10:03 am

    GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!
    For the forum i can help when news arrives and post them…of course if i’m on the web, can’t garantee always XD
    I wish you best luck…but i’m sure it’ll be a success!!!!!

  11. 12 Lotus
    May 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    How exciting! Even though I am really new, I want to express my great appreciation for this place. It has already provided me with hours of entertainment in reading the clever bursts of insight from its contributors, and I have to say it has some of the smartest viewers/readers of TB/SVM on the internet.

    Love the forum idea since one of my only complaints is a difficulty in reading recent comments that aren’t on the “recent comments” list. Going back through the comment section is not a Big Deal, but when pressed for time, it would be great to have anything “new” clearly marked. You should be able to achieve this more easily in a forum environment. I would also like to second the idea about the gallery, so that all advertisements and graphics from the show can be found in one place. Have you considered an episode guide? This could possibly be taken care of via the forum, but having a guide in place that included all casting calls and show descriptions would make it easier when formulating theories about the season. πŸ™‚

    Anyway, love this place. So happy to see it growing!

    • May 31, 2010 at 3:54 am

      Thanks Lotus!

      I have thought about a gallery but the main issue will be server space and bandwith with so many images…which all costs $$ past a certain point. I am keen to keep this blog free of advertising for as long as I can…but a gallery would be a good idea and something I’d be prepared to consider.

      The best I can do for now is to recommend people use the tags, categories and search function to find things, all work pretty well.

      Pretty much everything Season 3 related is tagged with “S03”, for example. So just clicking on S03 in the tag cloud to the right will bring all of those posts up.

      I hear you on the comments issue. Unfortunately with a blog format it’s always going to be an problem when there’s a large number of comments. I will put the “Latest Comments” widget higher up in the side bar on the new site, and also set the number of comments it displays to the max.

      I am also hopeful that the comments on the actual blog posts will come down to a more manageable level with the introduction of the forum – conversations can be taken there, leaving the posts for more general comments. I’ll have to think further on that one.

      • 14 Lotus
        May 31, 2010 at 12:07 pm

        Thanks for the response, SVB. Moving the widget and expanding the number of comments should really be helpful and, as you said, when the forum is available, a lot of the lengthier conversations will probably end up there. As mentioned, it isn’t really a Big Deal. Just a minor one. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait for the forum!

  12. 15 Orientalthorn
    May 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    awesome idea SVB! I think it will make things a lot more organized. good luck on the move, I’m sure you will get tons of offers from potential contributors. Just in time to move right before S3 starts, cos you know this site will explode with excitement once June 13th hits. Love your blog!

  13. 16 Freyja
    May 30, 2010 at 11:21 am

    Love the idea πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see the results.

  14. May 30, 2010 at 11:36 am

    These are great suggestions guys! Keep them coming! πŸ™‚

  15. May 30, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Congrats for your decision! πŸ™‚ Your blog is having a deserved success. The gallery and the episode guide are excellent suggestions. Hope we’ll enjoy the next season all together!
    If you want a custom banner/header you only have to ask, I’m pretty much into photoshop stuff.

    • 19 VikingLover
      May 30, 2010 at 5:22 pm

      I just want to add that if anyone has not checked out Hime’s work, you really should! She’s absolutely amazing!!! That is all. πŸ™‚

  16. May 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Now there’s 2 things to look forward to. June 13 and your new home.

  17. 21 Lkc
    May 30, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Great news! I love the idea of a forum and a gallery. As with this blog I am sure it will be a raging success.

  18. 22 KPMRSE
    May 30, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    What attracts me daily to SVB, of all the sites out there in this fandom, is how everyone here moves past the typical fangirling to intellectually stimulating literary discussion and film critique. Looking forward to the changes as a way to help organize our collective excitement!

  19. 23 sunnynala
    May 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Awesome SVB! Congrats on your well-deserved growth and expansion. The only suggestion I have for you is that you continue to have fun. I know a big, busy blog and forum can become a headache so delegate delegate delegate!

  20. 24 eowyn
    May 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    ahh..I’ll follow you guys anywhere….just be sure to leave the forwarding address!

  21. 25 Kathy
    May 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Congrats SVB. Even though I’m new I really enjoy your blogging and discussion. Don’t have any further suggestions than those already posted, but if I do I’ll let you know!

  22. 26 Vikingvampgirl
    May 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    This has been my favorite site since Dec. I love you and all you do. Thank you for the hours of Thought provoking Hilarity, and of course SKarsPorn. Can’t wait for the new site! It will be awesome. My husband is in the navy and is leaving next week for a 7 month deployment so I’ll have a lot of time on my hands, and I’ll be in need for insperation if you know what I mean (skarsporn lol) so your site will mean more to me then ever.

  23. 28 KC
    May 30, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Woo hoo svb, I’m so excited for you and us! I hope you’ll make the forum “mobile friendly” so I can check in more often. I’m not a writer, but maybe you’ll allow us to support the site through small financial contributions?

  24. 29 Ave
    May 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    As a long-time lurker, I can say that this change is very needed and appreciated! I’m very exited for you SVB!

  25. 30 lagata181
    May 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Congrats! I can’t wait to see the new space, and with all the awesome commenters who come to this site now, I know the forum is going to totally rock!

  26. 31 A Northern Soul
    May 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Congrats and good luck, SVB! I don’t have any suggestions to add, but the forum is a great idea, and better suited for the growing numbers. The timing is perfect, because I have a feeling more people will join during season 3. πŸ™‚

    I’ll echo what others said, this site is the best! A lot of great theories and conversation involving the books and the show, with plenty of Viking worship. ❀ Now we have a bigger home to play in!

  27. May 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    sorry to ask…..but how does it works the Q&A from Ball and the cast tonight?and whe does it starts?

  28. 33 MASpencer
    May 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    Movin’ on up!! You should be so proud, SVB– I have a feeling that the new site’s popularity is going to EXPLODE when the new season starts!

  29. 34 VikingLover
    May 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Absolutely AWESOME idea, SVB!!! This site is absolutely fantastic: your posts are superb, the commentators are wonderful, it’s fun, intelligent, I can go on and on and on. lol I’m very excited about all of the new things to come! πŸ™‚

  30. 35 Robin
    May 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    So excited to hear the great news SVB! I also think the forum is a great idea because it seems like we have such a hard time keeping posts on topic, a sure sign of growing pains. I think you are making logical decisions in asking others for input and writing posts, and that only makes sense. Somebody above mentioned delegation, rely on others who are passionate and have skills that can help in the success as you continue to grow. Love this site!

  31. 36 MollyS
    May 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I agree that this is the best site out there for SVM/TB analysis and information. Your integration of commentary on both the books and the show is awesome, and I hope that remains. Although you’re expanding I hope you don’t change your tone or manner of expression…You often put my thoughts into words in a much more eloquent and humorous fashion than I ever could!

    I agree with those who suggested an easier way to see new comments. When it gets up to 200+ it is difficult to read through all of them. Although you mentioned that people could discuss other characters, I hope you keep the focus on Eric/Sookie since there are Beehl-centric sites out there already. Sunday Skars is another feature that really MUST remain! I also hope you’re able to transfer over all your work from the past 9 months to the new site since it would be a shame to lose all your analysis.

    Congrats on all your success!

    • 37 Robin
      May 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      I hope everyone would agree that you could transfer over all of your work from here to the new site. And, please keep the focus on Eric and Sookie!

      • May 30, 2010 at 6:44 pm

        of course E/S….i mean it’s one of the fews place where people have actually a brain and can make smart commentes LOL

      • May 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

        Oh yes, everything from here will be coming with us!

        When I first started the blog, I focused on the characters a little more broadly but still with a focus on E/S. Obviously anything to do with those two is always going to win the popular vote but I’m interested in other aspects of the series as well and I’d really like to explore that too. Otherwise we might find ourselves mighty bored after a while πŸ˜‰

        But you guys know where my heart belongs πŸ˜‰ And this will NEVER become a Bill site LOL.

  32. 41 AstralRomance
    May 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Congratulations on the success of the blog it really is a credit to you how your site has gone from getting two comments a week to where you are now you must be doing something right. πŸ˜‰

    The forum is a necessity and will be really needed when the new season starts. It would be great if we could have the option to edit our comments just to correct any embarrassing spelling mistakes.

    How about a weekly rant where either you or a guest writer can let fly uncensored with whatever topic in either the show or the fandom that is driving you/them insane.

    I know Sunday Skars is on hiatus at the moment but I hope it will be back soon the more pretty the better.

    I really don’t think the new site needs many additions as long as we have the humour, the snark and plenty of topics to discuss/obsess over we will be happy. πŸ™‚

    Best of luck with the move.

  33. May 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    This is good, SVB. Β  Your postings and content choices have been the key reason the blog became so popular, so I think your “column” should remain the centerpiece of the new design. Β  Β At the same time, I always skipped Sundays in the past because as you know I am a fan of Eric, and i also think AS is a good actor, but I pass on threads dedicated to drooling on the guy. Β πŸ˜† Β  Plus, I care much more about SVM than TrueBlood so having the two separated is appealing. Β Β 

    • 43 A Northern Soul
      May 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm

      Good point, dano328. I don’t mind Sunday Skars, because let’s face it – Alex is as beautiful as he is talented, and what red blooded women’s temperature doesn’t shoot up a few notches when looking at him? LOL That being said I’d like the new site to concentrate on the story and stay away from the personal lives of the actors. I don’t want to read about their relationships, where they’ve been spotted, or who they’re dating; I don’t want to log on and see endless stalkerazzi photos. I feel that it distracts from the show, the books, the speculation and intelligent conversation, and that’s why I’m here.

      • 44 AstralRomance
        May 30, 2010 at 10:10 pm

        I agree with you completely Northern Soul I like Sunday Skars but that’s as far as it goes I don’t want to know who he’s dating where he likes to lunch and the same goes for any of the other True Blood actors.

        I would prefer this site just be dedicated to True Blood and the books especially the adventures of Eric and Sookie in both mediums just like it is now.

      • May 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm

        Sunday Skars is on hiatus until True Blood is over – need some time to collect fresh material!

        I keep away from his private life because honestly, it interests me not one iota who he is dating/fucking/marrying or whatever else. He is a grown-ass man and he is entitled to live his life. I have posted pap pics in Sunday Skars but usually only of him alone. If his girlfriend is in them I don’t comment on her. And I absolutely make a point of not devoting a whole post to any of the actors being seen out a restaurant or riding their bikes etc. It’s not really because of any objection I have to doing that per se (though I think it’s a bit weird) but I just don’t care enough to post about it LOL.

        Sunday Skars will be back eventually, but Dan you will be given leave of absence on Sunday’s while we all fangirl and drool and make complete idiots of ourselves! But you better come back on Monday πŸ˜› The blog will still be front page of the new site, the forum will be in the back. One nice thing about a forum is that we can easily separate books and show because there are alot of people who are only into one or the other.

  34. May 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I think you are doing such an awesome job creating this blog. Your work is incredible and delicious and I am looking forward to more! Biiiiiiiiiiiggggg HUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGG from Las Vegas, NV and I hope you come out to visit soon!

    Love And Peace,

  35. 47 PrettyVikingChains
    May 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    How exciting! The forum & new additions will only make something that’s already awesome even better. Keep it coming, SVB, & we’re with ya for the long haul!

  36. 48 CarolB
    May 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Congrats SVB! I’m one of the newer followers of this site as well – found you through posts on the
    TB facebook page (where I find it just too scary to post!) and have to say I’ve just been blown away by the work you’ve put in to making this place the success it has obviously – and deservedly – become! I can only echo others on here by saying that this is by far the best place for in-depth analysis of the books and all the conspiracy theories on TB. My only suggestion for the forum is – saying as we all seem to have similar tastes here – recommending other good books, shows worth watching, that type of thing!
    Good luck with the move – I’ll be moving right along with you!

    • May 30, 2010 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks Carol! The forum will definitely have OT areas where we can talk about other shows and books.

      I need somewhere to talk about Glee, Vampire Diaries, Breaking Bad and Flash Forward (*sniff*) anyway, LOL.

  37. 50 Dunkinstiks
    May 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    Well deserved and congrats!!

  38. 51 Feather
    May 30, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    congratulations on all your success! you smell terrific πŸ˜‰

  39. 52 millarca21
    May 30, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Congratulations on your success and popularity. I’m not surprised, because this is a great place to visit. There is a good balance of intelligent comments, witty observations and fangirling. I am new here and I have trouble finding older discussions so I welcome the idea of a forum.

  40. 53 sunnynala
    May 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    Lovely new snippets tonight on HBO. πŸ˜‰

  41. 57 sunnynala
    May 31, 2010 at 12:13 am

    No not a trailer just a bunch of snippets. One VERY nice shot of Eric smiling at someone, and some dialogue between Tara and Laffy, more of Sookie in the black wig etc.

  42. 60 sunnynala
    May 31, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Sorry SVB, got a little excited there, lol!

  43. 61 VampirePamsGirl
    May 31, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Congrats SVB! I know you’ve been thinking for a while now about getting a bigger house, so I’m glad it’s going to become a reality now, and just in time b/c I’m sure things are soon going to explode around here even more.

    I think the forum will be terrific for everybody to be able to open up their own topics. And somebody above suggested a picture/video gallery, which I think would be another wonderful addition. Just this weekend I dragged a few friends to my computer so they could see some of the awesome pics and videos you have on here and it’ll be great when it gets easier to find those.

    Again congats on all your success! You definitely deserve it!

  44. May 31, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Thank you everyone who has emailed me since I made this post.

    I am getting through them and I’ll be back to you soon!

  45. 63 Caitlin
    May 31, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    What I love about this place is the intellectual take on the books, the in depth reading of the characters all of the conspiracy theories, the Viking love, and the focus on E/S! Frankly I missed all of this stuff when I was reading the books b/c I was so focused on getting to the E/S stuff! And I really like that SVB has a point of view! So I hope that this isn’t lost in the change to a new format. I understand that SVB has a life outside of this website and we as readers cannot be selfish and demand all of her time πŸ™‚ My only fear in adding the forums is that the blog loses what I originally loved about it. When SVB posts something I feel like those thoughts could have come from my head, only they are so much more articulate and some of the stuff I would not have thought of on my own but I love it! I just don’t want to lose that!

    But I do agree it is hard to have a true discussion with the current discussion format, so maybe the forums with change that. And I’ll still be reading no matter where the site goes!

    • May 31, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      Oh Caitlin I really appreciate that. The blog will still be front and centre, and 95% of what is posted will still be my own verbal diarrhoea LOL. The forum will sit behind the blog, for those who want to really nut things out. But the front of the site will still be my swearing, ranting, often incoherent bullshit πŸ˜‰

      I guess I just feel like things could get stale if it’s always me, me ME all the time you know? Just occasionally, another POV might be a good thing πŸ˜‰

      In all seriousness, I’m really aware that we have built a strong sense of community here and I won’t do anything to fuck with that. That is by far the most important thing about any website and I want you guys to know that I’m really aware that is what makes this place unique. And I don’t want to do anything to mess with it.

      But at the same time, I’m so restricted on free WordPress with regards to the media I can post, and the template is also having probs handling the traffic. So we’re kind of at a crossroads.

    • 65 Jo
      May 31, 2010 at 2:50 pm

      I agree with everything you said Caitlin, but I trust that everything will be alright

  46. 66 Skarlove
    May 31, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Excellent news, SVB! When you move, I’d love to send you a gigantic bottle of e-wine as a housewarming gift! White, red or bubbly? Seriously though…..I think it’s great. You’ve definitely moved beyond the confines of this site. I wish you all the best, and can’t wait to read/contribute.

  47. 67 Janofarc/hamsterbaby
    May 31, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Wow! Bigger and better things baby! I’d offer to contribute but I doubt I’d be able to critique and analyse like you do. I’ll stick to fanfic and not bother embarrassing myself lol!

  48. 68 Serena
    June 1, 2010 at 12:22 am

    This is wicked awesome, SVB! I’m glad I won’t have to fear your wraith anymore for going too OT on a thread. Hehe. One question though, will the forum be mobile enabled? Cuz I can’t get through a day without my fix. πŸ™‚

  49. 70 Pat
    June 2, 2010 at 5:17 am

    It sounds like a great idea, it will allow more flexibility and hopefully it will make a fantastic site even better, if possible πŸ™‚

    I am also happy as I am most of all a book fan (True Blood delights and exasperates me in equal measure, most of the times) and I have been fearing that with the start of True Blood there wouldn’t be as many book discussions as before so hopefully a forum structure will prevent that from happening as discussions will be more organised and there will be always a space for book fans to go mad with their book analysis πŸ˜‰

    I can’t promise any regular contribution but I have been rolling in my mind if there is anything particular about the books that I would like to put in writing. We’ll see… I have lot’s of ideas but I am nowhere as brilliant as you are in putting them to paper!

    In any case, I’ll try to help as much as I can!

  50. 71 sunnynala
    June 2, 2010 at 5:20 am

    “I coulda been the one to say “Soookeh!” Gawd he’s so cute!

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