As I was posting my last blog over at Women on Writing, it occurred to me that I never promoted my own website on my blog! Time to fix that.
If you read my other post, you'll see why I waited so long before updating my website. But, to make a long story short, I paid a student to create my original site because I was busy, tired, and too scared to create one for myself. At the time, it was a perfect solution.
The problem? I had no way to update it. Only he knew how to make changes. Four years later, I had no access to him. Once he graduated, we completely lost touch.
My choices were clear: keep the outdated site with information from four years ago and an unflattering photograph of myself, or wipe the slate clean and attempt to create a new website on my own. It took some courage, a large serving of wine, and a short prayer to God before I made the leap and told Host Monster to delete all existing content.
I then started my rocky journey with WordPress.
WordPress and I have a love/hate relationship. I love my final product. I hated the road to get there. Before using WordPress, I had zero experience creating a website. Blogger doesn't count, since a two-year-old could figure it out.
I made mistake after mistake. I tossed four-letter words at the screen. I stormed into the kitchen to get more wine when I failed to achieve what I wanted. I spend hours researching how to complete every tiny aspect of the program. Finally, however, it came together, piece-by-piece. Each small accomplishment pushed me further, until I was satisfied with the end result.
Personally, I think my website is wonderful.
It showcases my writing, my (super amateur) photography, and my brand as an author.
If you haven't had a peek, please do! And feel free to leave feedback in the comments!
VISIT MY WEBSITE HERE.
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