Something Old, Something New…

Redesigning a website is like entering into a marriage. You’ve come to a crossroad and things change. You stop and reevaluate, reconfigure, and wiggle around the bits and differences until pieces fit together, the old and the new.

This photo from Ocean City. I like the crossroad of land and sky and water. There’s an old couple who struggled together up the dune to look. They, too, are at a crossroad. I like to imagine they have come to the ocean for years on vacation and played in the surf. Now they stand and remember.

I’ve often stood at a crossroad. My crossroads usually read STOP on the side I can see, but the destination is written on the reverse side in ink fated to remain invisible for an unknown span of time. I stop, reconfigure, and head off somewhere, not knowing where or why I’m going, but trusting I’ll eventually understand.

The completely new are the pages for Workshops and Services. My life as an adjunct college teacher ended, and I began teaching through workshops. I like teaching. I’m glad it’s evolved.

The Services page offers us as presiders at weddings and memorial services. I’ve been a Spiritual Mentor/Counselor for more than twenty years, in person and through online consultations, which I’m pleased to offer to more.

Please wander around in the new site. Let me know if you like it or if something doesn’t work for you. At base, we’re all in this together.

One last piece of new: in this new design, I’m working with Jen Wewers who has a great eye and knows social media. If it’s time for you to reconfigure, I highly recommend her.

 

15 thoughts on “Something Old, Something New…

  1. I’m so glad you kept the photo of Ocean City. I like the paths crossing. It sounds like you are choosing new paths. I look forward to hearing more. I appreciate your recommending Jen Wewers as a web designer. My blog badly needs reorganization. Some day I’ll stop long enough from writing to tackle that.

    1. I understand the time drain. That was the great thing about Jen. She found the templates for me to choose ftom and uploaded and designed. She said it’s like putting a puzzle together. And always checked with me to see if i liked what she’d done. Also asked what I wanted the initial impression to be, and I said peaceful. And it didn’t take her very long to put it together.

  2. It looks great, Janet! I just self-hosted and used WordPress to do the hard work. I haven’t changed my theme yet (still two weeks of school–grading papers and finals), so it looks the same for now. Congrats! And yes, it is like a marriage. I lost sleep over pulling the self-hosting trigger, where my bouncing baby blog grew into a svelte teenager!

  3. Sounds as thought you’re moving on in a positive way. Good for you and all the best. I thought this was a new theme for your blog. I’ve been thinking about trying a new theme, one more photo-friendly, but haven’t gotten around to it.

    janet

    1. Thanks, Janet. It’s been a process, as they say! Sometimes it’s hard for me to change from what’s comfortable, but getting to the point where I could market myself as a writer was important. Just another step….. as ‘twer.

  4. Congratulations! Totally smart to hire someone. There are so many details to manage that can fall through the cracks. I’ve learned that the hard way. When someone is logged in to WordPress.com it doesn’t show the full version site. I’ll have to check it out at home. I can’t wait to hear about your agent when you secure one. I read a great article about best practices landing one that I’ll try to find and send you. I’m finally coming up for air after a couple of intense weeks. May this be only the beginning of more life opportunities that await you, my dear Janet.

    1. Thanks so much, Jen. There has been a lot coming in, that’s for sure, and a busy few weeks. So I’m glad this part of the marketing is done so well. I’m happy about all you’ve been doing. You’ve taken such bold steps forward. Good job!

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