Learning Curve

That’s right.  Something’s different.

One of the comments I’ve gotten several times about my blog, and my web presence in general, is that I could do better.  It could be cleaner, stronger, less cluttered, less in-your-face with long, overwhelming reams of text.  That my blog shouldn’t be the main thing people see when they come to my site, because it can be a little daunting for a new visitor to jump into the middle of a conversation that’s been going on long before he or she was even aware of my existence.

If you have been a part of this conversation already, however, you’ll know that I don’t consider marketing my strong point, and I find the whole process confusing and frustrating, for the most part.  I know I’m not alone in feeling that way.  But I don’t want to be one of those people who falls into the trap of saying that I’m going to do things my own stubborn, silly way because if readers really want to hear what I have to say, they’ll figure it out, damn it, and screw the conventional wisdom because clearly I’m too special and talented for it to apply to me.

Hah.

So I spent most of the day poking around the internet, trying to find some magical template or tutorial that would help me build a seamless, engaging, slick website in minutes.  Those don’t exist, because much like anyone else, web designers are professionals who want to get paid for their knowledge and expertise, and don’t really like to give it out for free.

Hopefully you won’t need to sail one of these through the fogs of confusion.

Since I don’t have any money to shell out on a pro at the moment, I decided to flip through the available WordPress themes, and was quite delighted to happen upon this new design.  It’s bright, bold, visually engaging, easy to navigate, and more or less customizable.  With a couple of how-to sites and a minimum of shouting at the computer, I was up and running pretty quickly.

The main difference is the splash page that you reach when you head to JenniferBresnick.com.  In order to access my blog, just click “Blog” on the menu bar above the header (or the hyperlink in my welcome letter), and you’re good to go.  The photos on the right side will lead you to previous blog entries, and the toolbar on the far right (only accessible from the Blog tab) contains all my social media info, site navigation, and links to my various available works.

Other than that, everything is the same.  I’d absolutely love to hear any comments, concerns, suggestions, or criticisms, so leave a comment and let me know.  And thank you, loyal readers, for sticking with me as I figure all this out on the fly.  You’re all cool people, and the fact that I now have 100 followers is sort of mindblowingly awesome.  Keep up the good work, and I’ll certainly try to do the same.

 

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