First Post. New Blog. Hold Me.

by Lisa Douglas

I, Lisa Douglas, did the unimaginable (for me) – I traded in my happy-go-lucky Blogger blog for a shiny new WordPress one, professionally designed (with artwork from moi), and I have to tell you, while the thought of learning this whooooole other platform scares the bejeebus out of me, I couldn’t be more thrilled. And intimidated.

mom-blogging-for-dummiesYou see, to get into the nitty-gritty of why I chose to make such a drastic move, particularly when I’m featured in a book declaring me a long-time “Blogger-lover,” content to stay on that platform for-ev-er, it’s a long, drawn out, technical, Google-based story. To sum it up, my site wasn’t being recognized by Google, wasn’t searchable anymore, and it was dying, flailing about in the search engine, flopping like a fish struggling to survive on air, to be frank. Nothing I did on Blogger fixed this, either. My only recourse was to drop Blogger like a hot potato and start over.

My blog designer, Greg, did his best to stick with me through 1100+ posts, battling the codes and all the gobbledegook that comes from having four-plus years of someone’s chronicled life being transferred over. He fought valiantly, sleighing the dreaded migration beast. It wasn’t an easy task, being such a mammoth-sized blog and all, and I’m sure there are some hiccups that need remedying, still. But look at her, will you?

new header

new bio and search

new footer

I drew the doodles, the notepads, and small icons in the post. Greg, before battling my migration, masterfully designed my logos, coupled with his coding genius, and got my ol’ blog to shine like a new penny, loading ridiculously quick, to boot. My talented artist friend, Robin, designed my signature in her one-of-a-kind handwriting. (I’ll be sharing with you the portrait she made for me once I receive it.)

If you are reading this via reader, email, or some other means other than visiting my site, I invite you to come take a look. Give ‘er a whirl.

What do you think?

(And please let me know if, at once, if you find a link that doesn’t work anymore, or something doesn’t look right. I am doing my best to pour over it one post at a time, but it’s going to take me a bit.)

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