Blog 1: Trials and Tribulations Creating My Website-Part 1

Yes, I know. “Trials and tribulations” is a cliché but give me a pass this time, please. Okay, every writer needs a website, needs to build her platform, even before she has a book to sell. And… I want to help other writers and build the Aliante Writers Group. Ergo, I am trying to create my own website. (I am also cheap about spending money on something I can do myself. Not in the floozy sense.)  🙂

I put off getting business cards printed until I have a website for people to go to. Why have to re-do them? (I did say I am… fiscally thrifty, didn’t I?)

I went to Go Daddy, secured my domain name, then signed up for Word Press, and here we be. It is a solid fact that I am not technologically savvy, not technologically inclined at all. Heck, I just crawled into the 21st century. Gave up my cherished flip top phone for a “smart phone”. We won’t even go there right now. That would really send us off on a tangent.

My less than stellar grasp of things technological is clearly evident on my obviously under-construction website which you have kindly visited to read this. Frustration abounds. To name one source, I lost my menu at the top of the home page. Lost it! It was there after a professional friend of mine put it up for me on Tuesday. Last night, I successfully added another page. Proceeded to make some edits elsewhere. At some point, the top menu appeared lower (where I prefer it to be). Rolled along happily UNTIL… I noticed my menu had disappeared. Gone! I arrowed back hoping to find where it last appeared. To no avail. I clicked on stuff. To no avail.

Well, bedtime beckoned and there it sat – menu still lost in cyberspace. Used to have my “under construction” blurb on Home page and it is hiding too. Soooo, here I sit with no top menu bar and no “under construction” but I think the latter is painfully obvious.

But… there is still an upside.
Everything has an upside; you just have to find it.
In this case, I wrote my first blog.

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13 Responses

  1. Vianca
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    Taking the overview, this post is first class.

  2. Denver
    Denver at | | Reply

    I read your post and wished I was good enough to write it

  3. Judith
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    Articles like this really grease the shafts of knowledge.

  4. Audel
    Audel at | | Reply

    And to think I was going to talk to someone in person about this.

  5. Keisha
    Keisha at | | Reply

    That’s going to make things a lot easier from here on out.

  6. Concetta
    Concetta at | | Reply

    Nice blog here! Also your site loads up fast!
    What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

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  8. Devora Gray
    Devora Gray at | | Reply

    I have had the sum total of 5 websites and my writer site is under construction now. How appropriate for a blog comment!

    Pros and cons of DIY sites, my last experience with hiring a “big shot” designer (incidentally a friend of a friend) failed after a year of waiting and almost $3K down the toilet. The boy moved back to Cali and disappeared. Now I’m thinking small claims while my old web guy tinkers with a one-page design I scooped from Michelle Tea, author or “Rent Girl”.

    My fav authors have done the classy task of keeping their pages clean, white backgrounds, readable for those of us harboring under continuous eye-strain. I’m at the optomitrist’s right now for that reason.

    Keep it up. The site can be conquered and is optimally another blank canvas we can create worlds that are hopefully smart phone friendly.

  9. Brian
    Brian at | | Reply

    I will write the same thing I put on your Facebook page. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging. Try and write something everyday. If you can do that for thirty days in a row, blogging will become a normal part of your day.

  10. Marshall Prescott
    Marshall Prescott at | | Reply

    It’s looking like you have me beat. Coo-doz to you Glory. Although it looks good to me, I’ll have to call and get the details of what not to do when I attempt to create my website.

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