Last Updated on: August 15th, 2017
THIS IS MY FINAL TRUE TALES TUESDAY POST – please pin the announcement that Wording Well is being born! 😀
It’s official! “LORRAINE REGULY’S LIFE” is moving and will be renamed. Yes, the internet is giving birth to WORDING WELL as we speak. Unfortunately, the labor may last a bit longer than just one day, but the new site – which has been in the back of my mind for a while – is honestly and truly being born right now!!!
Yes, I know I’m screaming, but I am so excited that I didn’t even sleep last night. I’ve been working my tail off, preparing for this day! Honestly, you have no idea how hard I’ve been working. I guess having to keep my leg elevated for the last month or so has been a blessing in disguise, because I’ve hardly turned my laptop off during this time and now I’m even learning code. (Can you believe it? I sure can’t, but I’ve learned a few neat tricks in the last week or so! And I’ll be sharing my new knowledge in an easy way in the future, on Wording Well, too, so don’t worry, I’ve got great things planned for us!)
Granted, my new site is currently “under construction” at this exact moment, but, rest assured, Wording Well is coming soon! (Hopefully before Thursday, maybe even tomorrow?)
Do I hear big drum-rolls and applause? I hope so! Today is definitely a day for celebration!
I am super excited about the new site (in case you couldn’t tell) and its future, too! It’s going to have a new look, have a theme (naturally), and I’ve even (sort of) resolved the issues I was having last week concerning the darn old mail sign-up forms. (Ugh)
The thing to do is simply unfollow me next week. Don’t do it today – just in case . . .
Okay, so I haven’t ironed out each and every kink. But I did create a NEW newsletter sign-up form with Mailchimp for now. When the new site grows big enough, I’ll switch to Aweber and simply transfer everything to them. (I have been assured that this can be accomplished with relative ease.) In the meantime, here is a tutorial you can use to add a sign-up form to your blog, if you so choose. (Hey, I want you to know I’m not shirking my responsibility to provide you with helpful tips every now and then!)
And guess what?
Wording Well has a Logo
I’ve even hired a graphics designer to put my ideas for a Wording Well logo into an image. We all know I claim to be a non-techie (and in many respects, I am) but, honestly, I am more technologically adept than I have been giving myself credit for! However, when it comes to graphics, I definitely don’t have those kinds of skills. I’ve never learned how to draw anything better than a stick figure, and so I’ve decided to leave things to the pros for my logo.
For those of you who’ve been around for a bit, you may recall the time I sought input on deciding a cover for my upcoming book of short stories. (It’s still upcoming; I have a teenage girl reading them and am awaiting feedback.) Well, in that post, I mentioned a guy, Mr. Singh, who designed several covers for me. He works at ewebsolutions and offer various services, In fact, Mr. Singh is a professional web/graphic designer and web developer who has 7 years of experience and he, once again, came to my rescue. However, this time around, I paid him. Freelancing is starting to pay off, finally.
I will admit that I also enlisted the services of someone at Fiverr, for the very first time. I was able to adapt the image I paid for, and turned it into something I really like. At this point, I’m tempted to show you the many changes my two paid images went through, but I think I’ll save that for a future post on Wording Well — How Wording Well got it’s Logo, perhaps?
If you want a sneak peek at my awesome, finalized logo, you can look at it here. I’ve used it as the header image for my newsletter sign-up sheet. Heck, you may as well fill out the form while you’re admiring my new logo, too! *wink wink*
Why I am Getting my Own Site
There are many reasons for my not-so-recent decision to get my own site. I think I’ve actually always wanted one (well, since I began blogging, that is!) but I didn’t know enough last year (in my mind, anyway) and so I decided to ask for feedback from everyone in my latest blog survey and I realized a few things that should have been blatantly obvious from the start:
*my niche is writing (okay, editing, too, since I currently provide these services at an extremely modest rate)
*my love of blogging and teaching others can be combined (evidenced in posts such as How to Use “Click to Tweet” Links In Your Blog Posts: 10 Easy-to-Follow Steps and How to Add Images to Your Sidebar)
*my willingness to help others in various ways shines through to my readers and other connections I’ve made via social media, and I’ve already helped many people – and want to continue to do so while writing my books
*people respect me for the educated and talented writer and editor that I am (and will continue to be in the future) and will view me as a more professional freelancer once I have my own site
*I can best serve others by offering quality content and sharing my knowledge about writing, editing, and publishing (and guest posting, freelancing, blogging, etc.)
*I’m getting enough traffic to my site that it warrants a move (my visitors have doubled from December to January! (Yikes!)
While these numbers may seem small to someone who has been blogging for years, they are big for me, and are not likely to change since Google sends me traffic on a daily basis for several of my more “popular” posts! Why not take advantage of this and grow a blog of my own? Plus, I can get a higher page rank with a site of my own. But I will be eternally grateful to WordPress.com for giving me my start. 😉
*I also need to take ownership of everything I’ve been doing, and by getting my own site I’ll be able to do so more easily.
What I’ve Been Doing Lately
In case you haven’t been paying attention, I’ve been busy! 🙂 But here is a list of some of the things I’ve been doing:
*I’ve been working on creating epic posts that will help kick off my new site, some which are simply amazing.
*I’ve been researching my options for site names, site hosting, and site themes.
*I’ve been working on a few guest posts (this is becoming a regular thing for me, and I’m now a monthly contributor over on Dear Blogger and on Monday the 17th, I will also be featured on Take Charge Now in what’s likely going to be a shocking post to some people).
*I’ve been meeting more people in the writing field, including many awesome indie authors whom I met via Indies Unlimited.
*I’ve been working with someone for the past few months and may be undertaking a book project with that person.
*I’ve been conducting interviews, including one with an extremely inspiring person. (You won’t want to miss this one. It just may blow your mind!)
*I am having two of my short stories included in anthologies on Amazon (more about these stories in upcoming posts)!
*I’ve been reading and putting together a couple of book reviews, including my first negative book review EVER.
*I’ve been enjoying how wonderful my life has been going the past year, and the fact that I love blogging has made me realize that getting my own site is the next logical move. In fact, I’ve written an article for Dear Blogger about the pros and cons of getting your own hosted website, as well as things to consider when moving from one host to another.
*I’ve been putting together an informative guide to use when deciding on which hosting company to choose for your website. I plan on publishing this next week on Wording Well (or whenever Greg publishes my guest post, as the two kind of complement one another). However, any questions you have about specific hosting companies will be answered in this guide.
I see great things in our future!
I just don’t know if everything is going to go according to plan with the actual migration of all of my posts from here to Wording Well. I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed (and even sending a little prayer up to my sweet NanaKay in heaven) that all goes well when it occurs.
I do know that I will be setting up a site re-direct, which will ensure that any visitors landing on this site will automatically be brought to my new one. My biggest concern is the taking of my WordPress Reader followers with me; I am still not entirely sure how that’s going to go down. . . (Again, UGH!) That’s one of the reasons I worked so hard on creating this brand new newsletter form for you – I really want to you to come along with me!
You know that I love you all immensely. I wouldn’t be where I am without all of you. You’ve helped bring me up when I was depressed, you supported and encouraged me to be great, and you’ve played an important role in my life during the last year.
And I’m not one of those people who is going to change as I get more successful. I’m not going to abandon you or leave you in the dark. I’m going to continue blogging, hopefully educating and entertaining you, and I’m going to be here for you, for when you need me!
Don’t you want to continue our awesome relationship? I know I do.
In fact, I’m off to tell everyone about it.
Are you coming with me? I sure hope so; we’re going to have a blast!
And I can’t wait to hear your feedback on my Wording Well logo in the comment section!
Seriously, what do you think of it?
I really, really want to know! 😀